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NFEC Seminars 2020

NFEC has recommenced its programme of online seminars; retaining the title of "Where do we go from here"

The series will explore the changes being brought on by the resurgence of the Covid 19 Pandemic and the importance of maintaining a sound education system. Focusing on Science, Engineering and Technology education at intermediate and higher levels, the series will engage regulators, administrators, practitioners, influencers and others in considering the impact of changing expectations, systems and practices that relate to what we earlier called the "New Normal".

What have we collectively learned in recent months and what further developments will be required; are there likely to be changes to the standards that we apply or at least the way that we will be required to apply them?

The series of National Seminars will seek to build on the experiences of all involved in the process and will explore the challenges that we now face, irrespective of how long this "crisis" lasts.

The series commenced on 20th November 2020,  followed by further dates each month for the remainder of the academic year.

We are working on the timetable for these events, these will be billed as National and Regional events. The National events will feature key speakers and discussion on specific topics. The Regional events are intended to facilitate wider discussion on issues of immediate importance to members.

The schedule of events will be published here, please watch for news as the programme is developed.

Please contact us on seminars@nfec.org.uk, if there are particular topics that you would like to see being included.

Latest news

From the ESFA:

We have published The Apprenticeship Programme response to COVID-19. Minister Keegan wrote to the non-college FE sector to share the link to our new guidance, as well as other support we are providing to FE.

Our guidance provides information on:

  • applying the policy on breaks in learning;
  • delays to end-point assessment (EPA); and
  • alternative arrangements for EPA and external quality assurance.

And set out details of the specific support we are providing, which includes:

  • Encouraging training providers to deliver training to apprentices remotely and via e-learning as far as is practicable.
  • Allowing the modification of end-point assessment arrangements, including remote assessments wherever practicable and possible.
  • Clarifying that apprentices ready for assessment but who cannot be assessed due to COVID-19 issues can have their End-point assessment rescheduled. Apprentices whose gateway is delayed can have an extension to the assessment timeframe.
  • Enabling employers and training providers to report and initiate a break in learning where the interruption to learning due to COVID-19 is greater than four weeks.
  • Clarification on how to record breaks in learning so that funding is not unnecessarily disrupted.
  • Confirming that where apprentices are made redundant, it is our ambition to find them alternative employment and continue their apprenticeship as quickly as possible and within 12 weeks.

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has also published new guidance on the delivery of assessment at https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/response-to-covid-19/  

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 Free Seminars

09:00 - 10:00 - via ZOOM
Thursday 10th December 2020

NFEC's next Seminar will be the first in a series covering the Development and Introduction of Engineering and Manufacturing "T" levels now a Awarding Organisation has been appointed.

Please register to participate

Annual Conference 2020

Due to Covid 19 the NFEC 2020 Conference planned for December has been cancelled, it is replaced by the series of online seminars mentioned above.

One thing we will lose is the opportunity to see the latest products and services from our Business / Supplier Members; however see the new section below to visit them and keep up to date.

Business Members Products

NFEC values the support of its Business Members whose product displays and technical presentations are a key resource for Provider Members.

View these pages to see some of the latest product developments, equipment, services and information. The links in the Business Members section connect with company websites, product catalogues and presentations.

View and support NFEC's Business Members

NFEC Events

The current unprecedented global and UK situation calls for all of us to make the best judgements we can in the light of the official guidance we are receiving. Therefore reluctantly, the Board of Directors, have decided to cancel all future NFEC events planned for the next few months, until further notice and hopefully an improving situation emerges.

For more information and meeting notes go to our Regions page

Membership Fees

Due to the current situation the previously planned increase in membership fees has been cancelled.

NFEC membership fees are held at Institutional / Corporate / Company Membership: £460.00

Individual Professional: £100.00

Jonathan Gill, NFEC's Chair

Jon Gill, NFEC Chair
A message from the Chair

And what about your news?

We want to hear from you - Have you got some good news to share? Did your engineering department get a grade 1 from OFSTED?

NFEC is all about helping each other and sharing good practice. Please send any news to Jill Mustard at jill@nfec.org.uk