Articles from The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education (previously IfA)

Jennifer Coupland starts as new IFaTE Chief Executive Officer

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) is delighted that Jennifer Coupland has today (25 November) started as our new Chief Executive Officer.

Landscape technician

KSBs Knowledge K1: Landscape design and management - Principles of landscape design and management and their role in shaping the landscape. The importance of promoting biodiversity, health and wellbeing, accessibility, and sense of place. Understanding barriers to access and potential solutions. Best practice standards including the Green Flag Award. Back to Duty

Consultation launched to seek feedback on digital Higher Technical Qualifications

@IFATEched consultation open on digital Higher Technical Qualifications in running new quality mark  The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) is seeking views on the first wave of Higher Technical Qualifications in the running for a game changing new quality mark.

Historic environment advisor

Reference Number: ST0831 Details of standard Occupation summary This occupation is found in the Cultural Heritage, Historic Environment, Engineering, Construction, Design, Planning, Local Government, Education and Tourism sectors.. The broad purpose of the occupation is to be responsible for providing specialist and authoritative advice, guidance and assessment to those working on heritage assets and the legal and policy frameworks for their protection. Examples of heritage assets include historic buildings, places, landscapes, townscapes, monuments, the historic marine environment, archaeological sites and deposits of heritage interest, registered parks, gardens and battlefields. Legislation or policy frameworks may be international, national or local, and include (but are not limited to) the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979, National Planning Policy Framework, Protection of Wrecks Act 1973, Town and Country Planning Regulations 2017, Ecclesiastical Exemption Order 2010. In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a range of clients, colleagues and stakeholders in the public, private and third sectors, within organisations of any size. The Historic Environment Advisor is typically office based but normal duties include activities which require outdoor working, visiting historic sites and attendance at meetings with stakeholders, clients or colleagues.. An employee in this occupation will be responsible for delivering professional advice and recommendations on change, protection, maintenance, interpretation, conservation or restoration within the Historic Environment; through critically analysing, interpreting and evaluating complex information. They assess the significance and/or condition of the historic environment, and its sensitivity to change. They design, provide strategic leadership and monitor the implementation of programmes of work and investigation and where necessary present arguments clearly and effectively on the significance of the historic environment in a broad context. They undertake research within their specialist area to develop understanding of the historic environment, setting standards and best practice and provide strategic leadership within the sector. They provide supervision and leadership to more junior roles within historic environment advice teams where relevant.


Reference Number: ST0538 Details of standard Occupational Profile:  A florist may work in one of several sectors, in a shop environment, within an event company or creating designs for a variety of retail organisations or outlets. As such, they need to have business acumen and excellent interpersonal skills when dealing with customers and colleagues. Excellent levels of customer care and sales skills are crucial as florists are often commissioned for important events such as weddings, funerals etc. A florist must have perception and be able to offer appropriate expert advice to the client whilst interpreting the vision for the finished project. Whilst showing empathy and care towards bereaved customers a florist must be able to obtain the relevant information from customers and translate this into an appropriate design suitable for the customer’s needs. They must be able to record and store information accurately in the correct manner in line with current legislation

The Institute Publishes First External Quality Assurance Annual Report

@IFAteched publishes First External Quality Assurance annual report highlighting key findings around how #EPA and #EQA has been delivered throughout 2020.

Planned new model for making funding band recommendations for apprenticeships

@IFATEched Funding consultation update published  I would like to start by saying a huge thanks to the hundreds of people who have helped us so far with refining our planned new model for making funding band recommendations for apprenticeships to the Secretary of State.

Jennifer Coupland announced as new CEO for the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Today (15 July) the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) has announced that Jennifer Coupland will be joining as Chief Executive Officer from November this year.

Update on senior leader review (12 June 2020)

The Secretary of State for Education requested a review of the level seven senior leader apprenticeship standard. Following on from this, the revised standard is currently going through the Institute’s approvals process. This has involved a public consultation which closed on 10 June and we are now reviewing the responses.

Iconic fashion house @Burberry to chair Digital Route Panel

Iconic luxury British fashion house Burberry is supporting the Institute for Apprenticeships’ Digital Route Panel as their Chief Information Officer takes on the role of Chair.

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