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ESFA Business Update (August 2021)

These updates are a round-up of business-critical news and information from the ESFA. In Issue 70 you will find:

1. Cash boost to create new flexible approach to apprenticeships

2. New Apprenticeship Service webinars from August 2021

3. The Institute’s degree apprenticeship consultation

4. Employer checklist – 7 steps to hiring an apprentice

5. Updates to the apprenticeship service

6. Incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice


Your feedback: ESFA would like to hear from employers (August 2021)

The ESFA customer experience team are conducting research sessions with employers. The aim of the research is to make it easier for employers to find the skills training they need. If you’d like to be involved or need any further information, email 

ESFA Apprenticeship Assessment (July 2021)

Information for employers


ESFA Resources for employers new to the apprenticeship service (July 2021)

Since 1 April 2021, all new apprenticeships are managed and funded using the apprenticeship service, and all employers hiring apprentices need to have an apprenticeship service account.

Webinar: How to use the apprenticeship service. Aimed at employers, this webinar includes what the apprenticeship service is and how to se it, how to set permissions and an employer             perspective of what it’s like to use the apprenticeship service.

Video playlist: Using the apprenticeship service. A collection of simple, how-to videos covering topics such as ‘what is the apprenticeship service’ and ‘registering an account on the service’. Our apprenticeships hub contains all the answers to questions frequently asked by potential apprentices and employers.

Help portal. If employers have specific queries about the apprenticeship service they can visit our help portal to review help articles, webchat with our advisers, and find out how to call or email our helpdesk.

ESFA Business Update (July 2021)

These updates are a round-up of business-critical news and information from the ESFA. In Issue 69 you will find:

1. Can’t find a training provider?  Share your interest

2. Updates coming to the apprenticeship service

3. Apply now: incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice

4. Webinar for employers: 2021 to 2022 funding rules

5. Apprenticeship funding rules 2021 to 2022


ESFA - New road map to support employers on their road to a quality apprenticeship

The road to a quality apprenticeship has been published to help employers understand the steps involved in delivering high quality, successful apprenticeships in their businesses.

A practical guide to aid employers of any size, The road to a quality apprenticeship provides links to information that employers can use to help them achieve a quality experience for their apprentices while maximising the benefits for their business. It will be followed by similar guides for end-point assessment organisations and apprentices.

Together with the provider guide to delivering high quality apprenticeships, they demonstrate the collaborative approach involved in delivering apprenticeships.

The road to a quality apprenticeship is useful for providers as it can help them to understand the role employers play in the apprenticeship journey plus it is a helpful resource to draw employer’s attention to during apprenticeship discussions.

Please share The road to a quality apprenticeship with your colleagues and the employer contacts you work with too.

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