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  • Transitional employment services announced

    Transitional employment services announced

    In one of the first exercises of devolved powers under the Scotland Act 2016, the Scottish Government will begin to deliver new employment support programmes from April 2017. The two new services will provide employment support to disabled people...
  • Significant role for STF

    Significant role for STF

    STF members delivered more than 20,000 Modern Apprenticeships in 2015-16 – that’s almost 72% of all the Modern Apprenticeships delivered across the country. And STF members delivered around 70% of the Employability Fund places available in 2015-16 – that’s...
  • Disappointment at EF volumes available

    Disappointment at EF volumes available

    Members have expressed disappointment at the small EF volumes available in the September submission window. Only two of the 32 LEPs have volumes available due to handbacks at this stage, with the next update from SDS not due until 1...
  • Minister to speak at RNIB Conference

    RNIB Scotland’s Employment Learning and Welfare Services is holding a one day conference to hear how young blind and partially sighted people are finding the moves from school, college, university and employment. The event – Looking to the Future : Celebrating Positive Transition for...
  • Core Skills Survey results

    Core Skills Survey results

    STF has submitted a response to the Scottish Government on proposals for core skills in MA Frameworks. Core Skills in MA Frameworks – STF Response – August 2016 (PDF)
  • Apprentices satisfied with training

    Apprentices satisfied with training

    A new survey has shown that Modern Apprenticeships are continuing to boost career prospects and skills across Scotland. According to the survey, 91 per cent of apprentices were in work or education six months after completing their apprenticeship and...
  • Change to SVQ titles from 1 September 2016

    Change to SVQ titles from 1 September 2016

    From 1 September 2016, SVQ titles will begin to change. The SVQ level is to be dropped from qualification titles and only the SCQF level will be specified. For example, where the current titling convention is: SVQ 2 Floristry...
  • Levy should be spent on Apprenticeships only

    Levy should be spent on Apprenticeships only

    Apprenticeship Levy funds should only be spent on apprenticeship (or apprenticeship related) programmes in Scotland – and not for any broader workforce development or training. That’s the overarching position of STF in its response to the Scottish Government consultation...
  • STF Awards 2016 – Finalists Announced

    STF Awards 2016 – Finalists Announced

    The finalists for the STF Awards 2016 have been announced. Full list of Finalists (PDF) The keenly-contested `STF Provider of the Year’ category sees Cornerstone, Sibbald Training and TIGERS named as finalists. And the `Apprentice of the Year’ category sees...
  • Review for Engineering NOS, SVQs and MAs

    Review for Engineering NOS, SVQs and MAs

    SEMTA – the sector Skills Council for the Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing sector – is reviewing some of its NOS (National Occupational Standards), SVQs and Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks – and is holding four consultation events to capture feedback from employers and stakeholders....