Further and higher education, skills and vocational training

University and college qualifications. Apprenticeships, traineeships and internships. Funding for further education providers.


  1. Find an apprenticeship

    Register your profile, search vacancies and apply for an apprenticeship - you must be 16 or over

  2. Become an apprentice

    Becoming an apprentice - what to expect, apprenticeship levels, pay and training, making an application, complaining about an apprenticeship

  3. What qualification levels mean

    Find the difficulty level of a qualification and compare qualifications across different countries.

  4. Employing an apprentice

    How to employ an apprentice, what's expected of you and what funding you can get.

  5. Recruit an apprentice

    Advertise apprenticeship vacancies and manage applications. This service is for training organisations, not employers

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Student guide to post-16 qualification results: summer 2020
  2. Universal Credit and students
  3. Apprenticeship funding rules
  4. How to register and use the apprenticeship service as an employer
  5. Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
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News and communications

  1. ESFA Update: 12 August 2020
  2. Government urges universities to hold places
  3. ESFA Update: 5 August 2020
  4. ESFA: Business Update
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Research and statistics

  1. Analysis of Level 3 and Level 4 VTQs in spring and summer 2020
  2. Apprenticeships and traineeships: July 2020
  3. Malpractice in vocational and technical qualifications: academic year 2017 to 2018
  4. Hours spent building skills and employability
  5. Education and training
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Consultation on the assessment and awarding of Vocational, Technical and other General Qualifications in 2020 to 2021
  2. Improving higher technical education
  3. Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education: strategic guidance
  4. Apprenticeship funding
  5. Statutory notice to the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Responses to post-inspection surveys: inspections and visits between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2019
  2. Funding allocations to training providers: 2018 to 2019
  3. Ofqual's corporate plan for 2020 to 2021
  4. NEET and participation: local authority figures
  5. Funding allocations to training providers: 2019 to 2020
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