Skills and Employment Updates – 31 July 2020

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    • Construction Leadership Council announces it Talent Retention Scheme

A new scheme has been launched to enable skilled construction workers to showcase their experience and expertise to secure employment, and for businesses in the industry to find the talent they need.

Read more about the Construction Talent Retention Scheme

    • Job Centre Plus Jobs Hours for Devon and Somerset

Job Centre Plus in Devon and Somerset have announced #jobshour on Twitter

Read more about #DevonJobsHour and #SomersetJobsHour

    • My Choices Broadcast for young people and their parents / carers

My Choices is a day of live broadcasts to support and prepare school leavers, and their parents / carers, for the transition to the next stage.

Find more information on My Choices Broadcast

    • National Careers Service weekly Question and answer session

Every Wednesday the National Careers Service hold a live careers Q&A session on Twitter and Facebook. Join in with #AskNationalCareers

    • The Skills Toolkit

The Department for Education (DfE) is asking for new course applications for The Skills Toolkit, which was launched on 28 April 2020 as a new online learning platform to help people boost their skills while staying at home.

The Skills Toolkit: Submit a new course

    • Extra university places for vital courses announced

Over 9,000 additional places approved at UK universities for courses to deliver vital services and support the economy. Extra university places for engineering, science and nursing courses have been made available for September, the Universities Minister has announced today.

Read more about extra university places

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Government Guidance and Publications New releases

First Published

Apprenticeship service data as at June 2020, and apprenticeship starts to May 2020, with separate June 2020 starts covering the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Annual statistics on young people’s participation in higher education, including their background characteristics.

Guidance on entry testing for admission to state-funded selective schools during the coronavirus outbreak.


Guidance for settings managing children and young people with complex special educational needs and disability (SEND) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term.

Work out how much you have to pay your furloughed and flexibly furloughed employees, how much you can claim for employer National Insurance contributions and pension contributions and how much you can claim back.

Updated to show that the calculator can now be used to work out what you can claim for in a claim period ending on or before 31 August. A link has also been added to a new full example for August, and the ‘Working how much you can claim for employer National Insurance contributions has been updated to make it clear what steps to take if your employee’s pay period goes beyond 30 June.

Page summary – This document sets out guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Change made – Updated guidance to include the temporary flexibility to allow apprenticeship certificates to be sent to an alternative address and the end point assessment (EPA) flexibilities that are extended until the end of the year.

Find out if a person’s qualifications allow them to work in an early years setting, and if you can include them in staff:child ratios.

Updated 23 July 2020 – Updates to level 3 qualifications early years educator criteria, level 2 early years practitioner apprenticeship standards and level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications.

Lists of qualifications that meet DfE’s criteria for counting in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework staff:child ratios.

Updated: 23 July 2020 – T level, Scottish Nursery Nurse Examination Board and new qualification updates to the ‘Early years qualifications: from 1 September 2014’ and ‘Early years qualifications: pre-September 2014’ spreadsheets