NCFE Update July 2020

This is the latest update received from NCFE:

Campaign for Learning and white papers

We’re delighted to confirm that Campaign for Learning, an educational services charity and policy influencer in learning, has now officially joined the NCFE family.

There is huge synergy between NCFE’s core purpose to promote and advance learning and Campaign for Learning’s commitment to ‘the advancement of education by encouraging the active participation of individuals in all sections of society in the process of lifelong learning.’ NCFE’s investment in the charity’s future means we can continue to work together for the benefit of the sector but with renewed focus, leveraging each other’s strengths in core areas of education to help engage more people in learning.

Our latest joint white paper to be published, ‘Revolutionary Forces’, is a joint commission of expert articles penned by leading authorities from the FE sector, as well as labour market economics, employment and mental health. The authors explore some of the key challenges facing the nation throughout the 2020s which the DfE needs to take into consideration when writing their recommendations. It urges the Government to ensure that the plans outlined in the forthcoming post-16 white paper are sufficiently flexible to meet the immense changes facing the UK economy.

3 Part Bid Support Webinars

We are aware of the challenging times providers face at the moment, with changing tender opportunities such as DWP or NSF. Join Steve O’Hare, owner and Director of SCLO Consulting, as he offers support on everything from getting tender ready, to finding great business opportunities and best practice for bid writing. These webinars are a free feature, delivered as part of NCFE’s new Go the Distance Youth Employability initiative – more details coming soon.

Webinar 1: Bid Support: Getting Tender Ready 

Monday 27 July


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Webinar 2: Bid Support: Tendering 101

Monday 3 August


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Webinar 3: Bid Support: Improving Tender Success

Monday 10 August


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New Qualifications

Our product development team have been working hard over lockdown to ensure we have new, relevant qualifications to offer in priority sectors, especially where we know Covid has shown impacts on workforce and environment.

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Climate Change and Environmental Awareness (603/5683/2)

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Cancer Support (603/5860/9)

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Coding (603/5854/3)

NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Coding Practices (603/5793/9)

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Cyber Security (603/5853/1)

NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Cyber Security Practices (603/5762/9)

NCFE Level 2 Diploma for Customer Service Practitioners (603/5681/9)

We also have some qualifications that are on their way. See our coming soon page.

T Levels

Our T Levels teams have been working throughout lockdown to ensure we continue to deliver on our T Levels contracts. Wave 1 qualifications are now approved and released, as I’m sure participating wave 1 providers will know already. We have a large offer of support available for these including webinars and one to one curriculum consultations, as well as draft materials available on our website.

We are also well on our way developing qualifications for our wave 2 contracts. We have been working closely with providers and employers to ensure our content is suitable for market, and are proud to be working with employers such as Apple, IBM, Siemens, Fujitsu, techUK, Health Education England, GSK, Jaguar Land Rover and Skills for Care, along with many others.

We’re always happy to talk to anyone who would like to support on employer engagement or qualification development for our other T Level contracts, so please do encourage anyone to contact me if they would like to talk more about this.

Supporting the healthcare sector with free EPA

To recognise the incredible work from our NHS and wider healthcare colleagues during these trying times, we’re offering 1000 free end-point assessments (EPAs) for Nursing Associate apprentices.

As a leading educational charity and End-Point Assessment Organisation, we have chosen to offer this as a gesture of appreciation and to support Nursing Associates to progress into the workforce as quickly as possible. We are also very mindful of the extreme pressure on the public purse, so want to do what we can to help minimise this. Find out more or express your interest here.