Home Office announcement of the new Points Based Immigration System

Today the UK government has announced the launch of a new points-based immigration system. The new system, which takes effect from 1 January 2021, will end free movement. It will assign points for specific skills, qualifications, salaries or professions and visas will only be awarded to those who gain enough points. It will give top priority to those with the highest skills and talent, including scientists, engineers, and academics.

For more information on the new scheme click here.

New document available on our Logistics & Freight EQA Website

NSAR External Quality Assurance Service for Logistics & Freight apprenticeships is now available. We recently have uploaded a Practical Assessment Duration Guidance Note [Download] which outlines an area of clarification relating to the practical driving assessment duration for Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) Driver Level 2.

To find out more or regarding our Logistics & Freight Service, click here

How apprenticeships can revitalise businesses

National Apprenticeship Week took place last week and according to some, there has been a  renewed optimism about the role of apprentices in the recruitment strategies of companies. However, some of the main challenges are the stigma, myths, and complexity to utilise them according to Adam McCulloch (read his article by clicking here).

The Education and Skills Funding Agency’s (ESFA) move to roll out access of the government’s digital apprenticeship service to non-levy paying employers has allowed many more SME’s to participate in the scheme. We would like to remind you that NSAR is currently working partnership with the ESFA to engage LEPs, Chambers, Intermediaries, the FSB and CBI’s by providing an Apprenticeship Intermediary Service (A centralised support service delivered by in partnership with the ESFA) to help smaller businesses within their network get to grips with the recent changes to apprenticeships and registration.

To find out more about The Apprenticeship Intermediary Service, contact us at apprenticeships@nsar.co.uk 



Locations released for NSAR Quality Assurance Training Provider Forums

NSAR’s Quality Assurance Training Provider Forums are for anybody involved in managing a training & assessment provider within the rail industry. Forthcoming forums will take place at the following locations and dates:

March Training Provider Forum 

  • Date: 24th March 2020, 10:30am – 1:30pm 
  • Venue: London Underground Training Centre, Burford Road, Stratford, London E15 2SP

    September Training Provider Forum

  • Date: 29th September 2020, 10:30am – 1:30pm 
  • Venue: London Underground Training Centre, Burford Road, Stratford, London E15 2SP

To find out more or to view the full list of QA Workshops and Provider Forums available in for 2020, click here.

Apprenticeship Intermediary Masterclass: 28th February 2020

There are over 2,000,000 smaller employers in England and from January 2020, the way they engage with apprenticeships has changed.

The Government has a vision to improve the quality of apprenticeships and ensure they work for businesses of all sizes. That’s why at the beginning of the year they opened up the online Apprenticeship Service for all businesses, not just large ones. This change will allow smaller employers to make more informed decisions when it comes to apprenticeships, ensuring they are doing what’s best for their business.

That’s why NSAR would like to invite you to a workshop to understand more about the Apprenticeship Intermediary Service. This workshop is for smaller business intermediaries to help inform and understand these changes and how to access tools and resources to support their business networks.

To register for this event click here.

Apprenticeship Intermediary Service Webinar Update: 26th February 2020

Join us for the February Apprenticeship Intermediary Service Webinar  Update in conjunction with Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) will be taking place on Wednesday (26th February 2020) at 11:00am.
Expect some more insightful updates on activities that the project is delivering in collaboration with intermediaries, business networks & LEP’s.

To register for the webinar, click here.

Consistent Benchmarks to drive improved performance in construction projects Workshop: 27th Feb 2020

This workshop is part of a research project funded by the Transforming Construction Network Plus and executed by the University of Dundee and Whole Life Consultants Ltd, supported by the Department of Transport (DFT).

The second workshop will report the findings of this 8-month project, including the results of a survey of professionals involved in driving improved performance in the construction industry, the outputs from the first workshop held in November 2019, and the findings from the recently completed pilot studies.

Progress will also be reported on the development of a major follow up project to develop a portfolio of demonstrators with Clients, Sponsors, and Suppliers to build on and establish best practice in the way we design, build, assure and integrate innovations within major transport infrastructure assets. The value of these demonstrators will be benchmarked through a new national benchmarking forum to showcase the potential of close-to-market solutions to move beyond the current state-of-the-art, to drive greater productivity, and wider social benefits. Workshop participants can influence and engage with the realization of this major project.

The workshop is free to attend. Places are limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis.

To register, view the full schedule of events or find out more, click here.

Care Apprenticeship Board announces launch of Level 5 Apprenticeship Standard

The long-awaited Level 5 apprenticeship standards have been approved for delivery by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, (IfATE). This has been a long journey for the Adult Care Trailblazer group and the Care Apprenticeship Board and is testament to the rigour involved in new standards being approved for delivery.  Helen Wilcox MBE, Care Apprenticeship Board and Trailblazer Group Chair said, “I cannot thank the employers, training providers and Awarding Organisations enough for their hard work, commitment and dedication in creating standards that are rigorous, robust, high quality and fundamental in ensuring we maintain high standards of care delivery within the Adult Care Sector”.

Many employers will be very pleased to learn of the imminent launch of the new Level 4 in the very near future, as this will fill a gap that many perceived existed between the Level 3 and the Level 5 with the old Apprenticeship Frameworks. This will help to aid career progression pathways, support retention rates and will demonstrate that there are clear progression opportunities for those considering a career in Adult Care.

The Level 5 Standard, which will be live for delivery within the next few days, provides managers with the essential knowledge, skills and behaviours required to ensure that services are well lead, safe, effective, caring and responsive.

The Care Apprenticeship Board is pleased to be working with NSAR Care as the External Quality Assurance body for these Standards in addition to the Level 2 and Level 3 in Adult Care.

They are confident that the rigour required to Externally Quality Assure the End Point Assessment process for Standards will ensure only those individuals who meet the standard will have a licence to practice with vulnerable adults. This can only help to drive up standards within the care sector.

To find out more about NSAR Adult Care External Quality Assurance, click here.