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2019 National Conference

Thursday 5th to Friday 6th December, at Autodesk, Small Heath Business Park, Birmingham B10 0HJ

Presentation slides available in our Conferences section



Notification of the withdrawal of apprenticeship frameworks

You will be aware that as part of apprenticeship reforms, there have been no new SASE frameworks developed or issued since 31 August 2014 and that new apprenticeship standards have been, and continue to be, developed by groups of employers.

We have been notified by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) that they will cease funding for new starts on all remaining live frameworks on 31 July 2020. This means there will be no new starts on apprenticeship frameworks from 1 August 2020. Please view the list of these apprenticeships frameworks.

You can find a list of the apprenticeship standards which are currently available here and you can see which apprenticeship standards contain EAL qualifications.

The Federation for Industry Sector Skills & Standards (FISSS) will update the end date of the withdrawn frameworks on the Apprenticeship Certificate England (ACE) and, on the agreed withdrawal date, will archive the frameworks on Apprenticeship Frameworks Online.

If you have any queries regarding this information please contact the Customer Experience team on 01923 652 400 who will be able to support you.

NFEC 2020 Seminars

Dates of the next Regional Meetings

North East regional seminar, Friday 28th February, venue New College Durham

Midlands regional seminar, Friday 27th March, venue Walsall College

North West regional seminar, Friday 24th April, venue Burnley College

For more information and meeting notes go to our Regions page

Jonathan Gill, NFEC's Chair

Jon Gill, NFEC Chair
A message from the Chair

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