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National Apprenticeship Awards 2017


The National Apprenticeship Awards 2017


The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their fourteenth year, showcase the diverse range of sectors engaged with apprenticeships and celebrate outstanding apprentices and brilliant employers.

Hosted by the National Apprenticeship Service, the awards recognise excellence in businesses that grow their own talent with apprenticeships and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces. They provide businesses and individuals with a platform to showcase how apprenticeships have made a real difference to their organisation and their careers.

Open to employers of all sizes from all sectors, this category celebrates employers who can showcase their commitment, contribution and the success that apprenticeships have brought to their organisation. The very best Employer of the Year category entries will have the additional bonus of featuring in the prestigious Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list.

The Apprentice of the Year categories are looking to award apprentices who are working towards or have recently completed their apprenticeship.

The Apprenticeship Champion of the Year category is open to individuals who go above and beyond to champion apprenticeships.

Crackerjack Training will be entering candidates again this year, check back soon to find out who our nominations are.

The 2017 awards are now open for entries until Friday 26 May 2017 at 5:00pm.


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GCSE Rule for the Early Years Educator Revoked


GCSE Rule for the Early Years Educator Revoked

On the 3rd March 2017, the Department for Education announced the changes to the Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage, stating that, Functional skills will be reinstated as alternatives to GCSEs in English and maths for Level 3 qualifications, effective from the 3rd April 2017.

As set out in the government response to the L3 consultation, to count in the ratios at level 3, staff holding an EYE qualification must also have achieved a suitable level 2 qualification in English and maths.


This is great news for the sector and could not have been achieved without all of the support, through the Save Our Early Years Campaign. Thank you to everyone who took part.

Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (from 3 April 2017)
Key Changes – Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (from 3 April 2017)

Advanced Learner Loan

Advanced Leaner Loan

You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of a course at a college or training provider in England.

Loan eligibility doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks.

Check if you’re eligible before you apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Different funding is available if you want to study in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales.


You’ll have to pay your loan back when both the following apply:

  • you’ve finished your course
  • you earn more than £21,000 a year

Early Years Assessor


 Childcare Tutor – Salary dependant on experience

Crackerjack Training is an outstanding training provider for Early Years and Play-work qualifications.

Due to the popularity of our courses we are now looking for a full time Early Years tutor to support our students. We are now looking to make this appointment as soon as possible.

The ideal candidate will:

  • have a background working within Early Years
  • have a relevant teaching qualification eg PGCe / PTLLS / DTLLS
  • have strong communication skills
  • be able to work independently
  • have an Early Years qualification to Level 3 or above
  • have strong organisational skills

Responsibilities will include:

  • Organise & Planning delivery of teaching sessions
  • Delivery of teaching sessions to young people (aged 16-23)

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills/or equivalent in English, Maths & ICT

NB : Full DBS will be required on successful appointment

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