Articles from University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)

Skills Devolution – Dividing Opinion or Delivering Opportunity?

The national landscapes of policy and practice in the realms of further education, higher education and skills have become especially volatile, uncertain and complex spaces in recent times.

Why Augar is Wrong: Making Sense of #Apprenticeship Quality Assurance

There’s no denying that when looking at Apprenticeship quality assurance the alphabet soup of organisations involved is confusing.

The #Apprenticeship Levy – if rationing is to be introduced, let’s get it right

There has been recent scrutiny about the forecasted overspend of the levy.

Why the Arguments against Management Apprenticeships Don’t Hold Water

Read many articles in the FE press or talk to FE sector leaders and you will soon get the impression that management apprenticeships are a very bad thing:

#Apprenticeships - Ofsted Inspection or OfS and QAA Review?

We’ve had a lot of discussion recently about Apprenticeship quality assurance gaps, inconsistent approaches and the way forward. I’d like to contrast the Ofsted and Office for Student (OfS) / Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) approaches.

Degree Apprenticeships - Doesn't @IFAteched realise Apprenticeship needs its Flagship Programme?

England has a reputation for having great ideas and then failing to implement them effectively - I think we may be failing in this way with Degree Apprenticeships.

The Apprenticeship Levy – Will Employers be Short Changed?

Look back on the Government's announcement in 2015 to introduce the apprenticeship levy and the key justification for this was that employers weren't investing enough in the training and development of their workforce. This longstanding lack of investment, Government argued, was a significant factor in explaining the slow growth of UK productivity. The reforms to apprenticeships, which started a few years prior to the introduction of the levy, helped position its introduction.

A Pause for Thought or a Rewind?

The Pause in the Procurement of Apprenticeship Provision for Non-Levy Paying Employers and Allocation of Funding to Providers for the Delivery of Apprenticeship Provision - 1 May to 31 December 2017

Three Year Deal for BTEC Degree Validation

In a move to confirm the continued quality of the BTEC Foundation Degree, the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC) has signed a three year deal with Edexcel to validate them using their new validation body.

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