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Since September 2019, all new apprentices that need to study functional skills have been enrolled onto new, reformed, functional skills qualifications. A change of this kind is never easy to implement, especially with lockdown thrown into the mix, and delivery methods and learner engagement having to change rapidly.
@SDN_HQ caught up with @cheftomburton -Tom Burton, Director of Apprenticeships, @NOCNGroup to find out what the main differences are for apprentices undergoing remote assessment compared to standard EPA.
@SDN_HQ - Universities across the UK are expected to have a significant drop in income from international students in 2020-21 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. To mitigate this loss of income, many HEIs are looking at how an improved degree-apprenticeship offer this autumn could soften the financial blow and support businesses retrain their workforce for a ‘new normal’.