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Posted By Apprenticeships Directory on 27/08/2019 in Apprenticeship Sector News Stories

Skills for Care quits: adult care external quality assurance service

Skills for Care quits: adult care external quality assurance service

“The Skills for Care board and leadership team have been considering the future of Skills for Care’s involvement in delivering the ACEQUAS function on behalf of the Care Apprenticeship Board and Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE).

“The number of apprentices progressing to the end point assessment has not been happening in the volumes predicted by the Care Apprenticeship Board when we began this process, and Skills for Care has invested a significant sum from its reserves to establish and run the ACEQUAS system on the understanding that it would be on a full cost recovery basis. 

“Despite everyone’s best efforts it has not been possible to work within the financial parameters we need to see for this service and so the Skills for Care board and leadership team have served three months’ notice to the trailblazer group and IfATE to cease delivering this service.

“We will of course work with both the Care Apprenticeship Board and the Institute over the notice period to ensure a smooth transition to a new organisation carrying out this function for the end point assessment organisations.

As a result of this, we are cancelling the EPAO forum on 3 September. I am sorry to have to pass on this news as it has been a pleasure working with you. We will update you on the next steps after discussions with IfATE.”


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