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This Week's News 02.06.17

Employer guidance: using the register of apprentice assessment organisations

Information about using the register of apprentice assessment organisations to find an independent end-point assessment organisation - click here


Pledges for skills - Conservative Party

  • National Productivity Investment Fund, including £250 million in funding for skills by 2020
  • Double the immigration skills charge for business employing skilled workers from outside the EU
  • Establish new institutes of technology, backed by leading employers and linked to leading universities, in every major city in England
  • Launch a major review of funding across tertiary education as a whole
  • Deal with local skills shortages and ensure that colleges deliver the skills required by local businesses through skills advisory panels and local enterprise partnerships
  • Deliver commitment to create three million apprenticeships for young people by 2020
  • Allow large firms to pass levy funds to small firms in their supply chain
  • Introduce a UCAS-style portal for technical Education
  • Introduce significantly discounted bus and train travel for apprentices
  • Introduce a new right to request leave for training for all employees
  • Introduce a national retraining scheme, with the costs for training met by the government
  • Introduce a right to lifelong learning in digital skills
  • Replace 13,000 existing technical qualifications with new qualifications, known as T-levels
  • Increase the number of teaching hours by 50 per cent, to an average of 900 hours per year
  • Invest in further education colleges to make sure they have world-class equipment and facilities
  • Create a new national programme to attract experienced industry professionals to work in FE colleges
  • Make a modern technical education available to everyone, throughout their lives, to provide the skills they need

Pledges for apprenticeships - Labour Party

  • Maintain the apprenticeship levy while taking measures to ensure it is high quality
  • Set a target to double the number of completed apprenticeships at NVQ level 3 by 2022
  • Give employers more flexibility in how the levy is deployed, including allowing the levy to be used for pre-apprenticeship programme
  • Guarantee trade union representation in the governance structures of the Institute for Apprenticeships
  • Set targets to increase apprenticeships for people with disabilities, care leavers and veterans, and ensure broad representation of women, BAME, LGBT and disabled people in apprenticeships
  • Consult on introducing incentives for large employers to over train apprenticeships to fill skills gaps in the supply chain
  • Reverse cuts to Union Learn
  • Set up a commission on lifelong learning

Pledges for lifelong learning opportunities - Liberal Democrats Party

  • Aim to double the number of businesses which hire apprentices
  • Develop national colleges as national centres of expertise for key sectors
  • Work with the apprenticeship advisory group to increase the number of apprentices from BAME backgrounds, ensure gender balance across industry sectors, and encourage underrepresented groups to apply
  • Identify and seek to solve skills gaps such as the lack of advanced technicians by expanding higher vocational training
  • Ensure that all the receipts from the apprenticeship levy in England are spent on training, aiming to fund a wider range of types of training
  • Aim to meet all basic skills needs including literacy, numeracy and digital skills by 2030
  • Create individual accounts for funding adult and part-time learning and training, and provide for all adults, individual access to all necessary career information, advice and guidance
  • Facilitate across the UK an effective and comprehensive system for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning and qualifications

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

UK organisations that process the personal data of EU residents have only a short time to ensure that they are compliant. Introduced to keep pace with the modern digital landscape, the GDPR is more extensive in scope and application than the current Data Protection Act. The Regulation extends the data rights of individuals, and requires organisations to develop clear policies and procedures to protect personal data, and adopt appropriate technical and organisational measures. The GDPR will be enforced from 25th May 2018.

The GDPR introduces a number of key changes for organisations
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  • If your business is not in the EU, you will still have to comply with the Regulation
  • The definition of personal data is broader, bringing more data into the regulated perimeter
  • Consent will be necessary for processing children’s data
  • The rules for obtaining valid consent have been changed
  • The appointment of a data protection officer (DPO) will be mandatory for certain companies
  • Mandatory Data protection impact assessments have been introduced
  • There are new requirements for data breach notifications
  • Data subjects have the right to be forgotten
  • There are new restrictions on international data transfers
  • Data processors share responsibility for protecting personal data
  • There are new requirements for data portability
  • Processes must be built on the principle of privacy by design

Penalties under the GDPR
The Regulation mandates considerably tougher penalties than the Data Protection Act - organisations found in breach of the Regulation can expect administrative fines of up to 4% of annual global turnover or €20 million - whichever is greater. Fines of this scale could very easily lead to business insolvency. Data breaches are commonplace and increase in scale and severity every day.

The Brexit question
UK organisations handling personal data will still need to comply with the GDPR, regardless of Brexit. The GDPR will come into force before the UK leaves the European Union, and the government has confirmed that the Regulation will apply, a position that has been confirmed by the Information Commissioner.


 

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