Build the future – National Apprenticeship Week 2021!

It’s less than 3 weeks to National Apprenticeship Week 2021!  This year will be different the National Apprenticeship Service will be celebrating those employers and apprentices who have adapted and inspired in such a difficult year.  Organisations will also be highlighting the importance of apprenticeships and how they provide real business benefits and boost careers.

To see how you can get involved click here.

Employer Agreement update published

The apprenticeship funding policy team has issued an Update article to the Apprenticeship service employer agreement.

The latest version of the agreement will be available for employers to accept through their apprenticeship service account from 1 Feb 2021. Employers will need to accept the latest agreement if they wish to apply for incentive payments for apprentices who start their apprenticeship between 1 Feb 2021 and 31 March 2021, where they are eligible to do so.

To find out more, click here.

Skills for Jobs White Paper launched

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has published the Skills for Jobs White Paper which contains landmark reforms that will transform post-16 education and training, boost skills and get more people into work.

The paper encapsulates the Prime Minister’s new Lifetime Skills Guarantee, setting out a blueprint for a post-16 education system that will ensure everyone can gain the skills they need to progress in work at any stage of their lives.

In addition, the White Paper identifies overhauling the funding and accountability rules, so funding is better targeted at supporting high-quality education and training that meets the needs of employers, and introducing new powers to intervene when colleges are failing to deliver good outcomes for the communities they serve.

To download the paper click here.

NEW vacancy at NSAR

At NSAR we work collaboratively to tackle the challenges within the realm of skills and apprenticeships industry. We offer a range of roles that will undoubtedly assist in contributing to skills, training, and development within Rail. We have the following vacancy available:

Part-Time Quality Assurance Manager
Hours: 24 hrs per week, Monday – Friday
Salary:  £25K

To apply or view the full job description click here

Network Rail donates old laptops to help pupils learn remotely during lockdown

A team of volunteers at Network Rail plans to distribute at least 8,000 refurbished laptops to schools across Britain to help pupils who are without a home laptop for remote learning during the national lockdown.

Recently they donated refurbished laptops to St. Willibrord’s R.C. Primary School in Clayton, East Manchester in which over 70 children took delivery of their laptop this week, with more devices due to be collected in the coming days.

Stephanie Hart works in IT Services at Network Rail and came up with the idea to donate refurbished laptops to schools and is leading a team of volunteers to deliver the project. She said: “I’ve been working on this idea in my spare time, so it is just fantastic to see pupils collecting their device. We’re asking colleagues across Network Rail to nominate schools in need of laptops and we hope to help as many as we can.”

NSAR supporting the Kickstart Scheme

Kickstart is open to 16-to-24 year olds who are claiming universal credit and the Treasury says more than 19,000 roles have been created so far. A reminder that NSAR has stepped up to support the Kickstart Scheme by taking on the role of sector representative for rail. We have already hosted a number of webinars outlining the finer details of the scheme, as well as supporting our members and employers to gain access to funding from the scheme.

To find out more about the Kickstart Scheme, feel free to contact NSAR Business Development Manager Aidan Brooks at

NSAR raises money for Pilgrims Hospice

NSAR raised a total of £879 for Pilgrims Hospice (£214.75 gift aid) over the Christmas period.  For over 35 years Pilgrims helps people facing a terminal diagnosis, and their families, to live well in every moment. Their devotion has helped countless individuals and families through their staff of 200 Pilgrims nurses and therapists.

NSAR are proud to be of assistance!

Apprentices can support your plans for the future

COVID-19 has hugely impacted the way many organisations work. However the UK government is focusing efforts on supporting organisations by introducing incentive payments of up to £2,000 to support employers who hire new apprentices. This includes hiring redundant apprentices.

To find out more click here.

A reminder that NSAR has an in-depth understanding of the apprenticeships landscape and we offer our own apprenticeship service for those employers looking for guidance on how to recruit apprentices to support their plans for the future.

To find out more and log an inquiry.

Applications have opened for the new Employer Directory for apprenticeship EQA

The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education (IfATE) announced its plans to move to a simplified EQA system in August 2020. The changes will see EQA delivered by Ofqual or, for integrated degree apprenticeships, the Office for Students (OfS).

The Institute is now setting up a new group of professional and employer-led organisations – called the Employer Directory – for Ofqual and OfS to draw on industry expertise. To find out more about the Employer Directory, click here.

A reminder NSAR is still the enabling body supporting the employer-led Apprenticeship Quality Boards in:

To find out more about NSAR External Quality Assurance & Apprenticeships Service visit and log an inquiry.