feconnect blog 29 July 2016

Hi all

During August, the SFA will launch the new Recruit an apprentice service on GOV.UK. This will enable users to advertise apprenticeship vacancies and traineeship opportunities in England and will replace the Apprenticeship vacancies service.

We have designed the new service to make the process of posting and managing vacancies quicker and easier. We will move existing accounts from Apprenticeship vacancies to the new Recruit an apprentice service over the next few weeks.

We will will let you know through your Apprenticeship vacancy login when their data has been successfully transferred and we will include information on how to access the new service. Later this week, we will also send out further detailed information about the new service.

For more information, please email the Recruit an apprentice mailbox.


Data collections

The individualised learner record (ILR) R12 data collection for the 2015 to 2016 funding year is now open and will close at 6pm on Thursday, 4 August. As always, we recommend that you submit your data as early as possible.

If you need to submit an Earnings Adjustment Statement (EAS) and you do not have access to this on the Data Returns tab in the Hub please email our Service Desk or call us on 0370 267 0001 to request this. Further information on the EAS is available on gov.uk.


This week we published version 2 of the validation rules for 2016 to 2017.

Inform Newsletter

Today we published the latest Inform newsletter; this month includes items on apprenticeship data requirements for higher education institutions (HEIs), Hub news and recording of English GCSE attainment at the end of year 11 .

Reminder apprenticeship reforms: withdrawal of frameworks consultation

As part of our apprenticeship reforms work, we have launched a consultation on the withdrawal of the third batch of apprenticeship frameworks.

In March, we withdrew the first batch of apprenticeship frameworks as there were no starts, and in May, following consultation with issuing authorities, we withdrew the second batch. The consultation will run from Wednesday, 6 July to Wednesday, 3 August.

We will review the feedback and announce the final list for withdrawal in September. The proposed date for withdrawing these frameworks for new starts is 1 April 2017.

For further information, please refer to the Apprenticeship Changes page on GOV.UK or email the Service Desk.



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