OFQUAL / CCEA Update

Ofqual and CCEA released the following guidance prior to the easter weekend which is attached for your information.

“We recognise students taking qualifications, alongside or instead of GCSEs, AS and A levels, to progress to further or higher education urgently need to know what arrangements will be put in place for them. We have worked closely with the Department for Education, awarding organisations and regulators in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland to develop our approach and are today confirming that these qualifications will be awarded a calculated result.”

For the full release, please click HERE

For the latest COVID-19 guidance from the Department for Education and the Education & Skills Funding Agency please click HERE

We will continue to keep all of our centres informed and updated with all of the latest information and steps required to deliver this. Should you wish to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact us via the usual channels.

eta COVID-19 update

During this uncertain time, we continue to work closely with our regulators to ensure that we are able to support you in the most appropriate and effective way. As always we are committed to keeping you updated and assure you of our continued support.

Statement from Qfqual on vocational and technical qualifications in 2020

As always we work closely with the regulators to ensure we are able to support you in the most appropriate and effective way. We will continue to keep you updated, in the meantime should you have any queries at all please do not hesitate to contact us in the usual way.

We recognise learners on vocational and technical courses urgently need reassurance about how their qualifications will be assessed and awarded in the coming weeks and months. We are working as quickly as possible to develop an approach which enables learners to get the qualifications they deserve and that they need to progress.

For the wide range of vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs) used for progression and taken in schools, colleges and training providers, we are considering how similar arrangements to those set out for GCSEs, AS and A levels could be applied. Some form of teacher calculated grade, or other form of estimation based on assessment that has already taken place, will be possible in many cases. For other qualifications, it might be more appropriate to adapt the assessment or delivery arrangements so that everyone can have confidence in the outcome. And for some qualifications that signify occupational competence or award a licence to practise in safety-critical industries, assessment might need to be delayed in order to ensure public safety and meet the needs of employers.

There are many different types of qualification, awarding organisations, learner groups and assessment approaches, so the landscape is complex and it is clear that one size will not fit all circumstances.

We are working urgently with the Department for Education, awarding organisations, other regulators and the wider sector to develop and publish a clear approach for the different categories of VTQs in the coming days.

Should you require any further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at info@eta-gms.com or call 01257676457

 

Celebrate Disability Confident – join in with #IAmConfident

At eta we are working hard to build a more open environment where disabled people are included and valued. As a Disability Confident employer, we recognise the valuable role disabled people play in our success.

November 2019 is the anniversary of the Disability Confident scheme and we are taking part alongside businesses across the UK.

Last year’s Disability Confident anniversary was a huge success; It is estimated that the campaign reached over 16m social media accounts.  The hashtags #IAmConfident and #DisabilityConfident were both used more than 6,000 times during the month with 1,500 organisations joining the scheme during the anniversary.

To celebrate the anniversary, we are championing the value that the scheme brings to eta. You can take part whether you have a disability or not;

There are loads of ways to get involved: 

  • Share your story with colleagues about overcoming a disability or health condition at work
  • Take a selfie at work and tell the world how proud you are to work for a Disability Confident organisation using #IAmConfident
  • Post your inspiring stories about disability in the workplace using #IAmConfident and give eta a mention

Remember to use the hashtag #IAmConfident to link up to hundreds of other people who are celebrating what can be achieved when we are confident about disability.

You can find out more about Disability Confident HERE

 

ETA scoops triple recognition!

ETA are delighted to announce the securing of THREE quality frameworks: Investors in People, Disability Confident and ISO 9001. 

Disability Confident is designed to “encourage employers to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people… It was developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives to make it rigorous but easily accessible, particularly for smaller businesses”

Founded in 1991, Investors in People introduces a framework of “continuous improvement and employee recognition” across the millions of people working within accredited organisations.  Assessor Joanne Lever stated:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank ETC Awards Ltd for their commitment and investment to the Investors in People process as a platform for review and feedback. Particular thanks must go to Michael Hunt, MD for organising the preparation meeting, gathering relevant information for the desktop review and making all the arrangements for my visits. I would like to thank all the staff for their warm welcome and openness during the away day and interviews; staff were friendly and honest and enthusiastic about the process. I look forward to working with ETC Awards Ltd as they move forward on their Investors in People journey”

At the heart of ISO 9001 is the implementation of a quality management system to identify workplace objectives/opportunities and put customers first. ISO 9001 seeks for its accredited organisations to “work in a more efficient way with all processes aligned and understood by everyone in the business or organization. This increases productivity and efficiency, bringing internal costs down”. Stacey Groome of Alcumus, who conducted the ISO 9001 audit, outlined that:

“There was a strong customer focus evidenced throughout the audit. The leadership team are fully engaged with the day-to-day planning and operation of the business and were keen to achieve certification. This is a fairly new business but there had been a lot of work completed prior to and following the stage 1 audit”

The achievement of these frameworks is yet another indicator of the strong progress eta has made since re-launch in early 2018, as we strive to ensure this positive direction of travel continues long into the future!

 

New Lead EQA Appointed!

ETA are delighted to share that we have this month appointed Vernon Richardson (pictured) as Lead EQA. Vernon will be overseeing all of our External Quality Assurance processes. conducting sampling and monitoring activity across our centres whilst continuing to extend and build our Quality Assurance team further!

Vernon can be contacted at: vernon@eta-gms.com or on 07588252595

 

ETA England Operations Moved!

Following on from the successes of the previous year, we are delighted to share that our England operations have now moved into new, expanded office space within Chorley Business and Technology Centre.

You can now find us at:

OFFICE 1, BLOCK N4
CHORLEY BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY CENTRE
CHORLEY
PR7 6TE

01257 676457

Many Thanks

ETA