EAL Spotlight - December 2016 Issue

On behalf of EAL colleagues, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers and learners a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!

In 2017, EAL will celebrate 25 years of designing and developing high quality industry qualifications, we really appreciate and value your support and look forward to continuing to work with you during the coming year. 

I was delighted to join EAL recently as Managing Director but know it’s been a very busy and challenging year for all our customers and partners.  There’s been an unprecedented amount of change in the external skills environment for us to manage and much more expected in the coming months. 

Rest assured that EAL and the wider Semta Group are at the forefront of any industry and wider skills landscape changes and are uniquely positioned to help you maximise all new opportunities to benefit your business and offer learners the best pathways to success. Our Group CEO Ann Watson has put together a review of the year that you can read here.

We have some exciting plans for our 25th year; our customers can expect more innovative qualifications, backed up with excellent customer service and strategy to delivery skills solutions support from time served experts in your field.
In the meantime, we wish you all the very best for the rest of the year and a restful seasonal break.

Al Parkes
Managing Director
Read our 2016 year review blog and look ahead...

New Guidance to Support Centre Staff Delivering Controlled Internal Assessments

We’ve developed some new guidance to help centre staff who mark EAL controlled internal assessments.

This brings our assessment guidance for controlled internal assessments together in one concise, easy reference guide, and reinforces the information included in our qualification manuals and learner guidance.

The new guide features following assessment methods:

•    Supervision of controlled assessments
•    Closed book assessment
•    Open book assessment
•    Practical assessments
•    What can be stored in an e-portfolio?

The document is available to download from our website, and can also be accessed in Smarter Touch.

Download the document...

Qualification Withdrawal

EAL has reluctantly taken the decision to withdraw the following qualification. We will however, continue to support the qualification up to the final date for certification:

  • SVQ3 Engineering Leadership at SCQF Level 6 - Registration end date 31 December 2016; certification end date 31 December 2020

Certification End Date Approaching

Please note the certification end date for the qualifications listed below is 31 March next year.  

Any learners working towards these qualifications will need to have completed and had all their achievements claimed by this date in order to be awarded their certificates.

600/3719/2 – EAL Level 3 Award in Requirements for Electrical Installation BS7671: June 2008 (2011) (QCF)
600/6494/8 - EAL Level 2 Certificate in Plant Operations (Construction) (QCF)

For more information on this and other qualification withdrawals, please visit the changes to qualifications page of our website.

Join Us at the Semta Skills Awards

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the Semta Skills Awards and congratulations to the three fantastic finalists in the EAL sponsored Training Partner of the Year award category:

  • Ayrshire College
  • Warwick Trident College
  • Skills Training UK

You can view the full list of finalists here.

Even if you didn’t enter you can still be part of the prestigious evening to celebrate the advanced manufacturing, engineering and building services sector and benefit from extensive networking and good practice sharing opportunities by reserving a table.  If you would like a brand presence, Semta also have a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available.

The awards ceremony, hosted by BBC Breakfast’s Steph McGovern, will take place at London’s Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, on March 8th next year.

But be quick as tables are selling fast!

Book a table...

New E-Mail Notification for Your Electronic Invoice

Our email notification service for e-invoicing is now live.

The new service means all your invoices are now available in one place, and can be viewed at any time via online services

Notifications will be sent to the nominated Finance contact listed on your Smarter Touch account, so please keep their contact details up to date. (If you don’t have a named finance contact, the email notification will be sent to the Centre Coordinator instead).
Please note that from 31st March 2017, we will no longer be issuing paper invoices or statements.
If you need any more information or support, please contact us.

Contact us...

Get Clued Up on the Levy

The apprenticeship levy launch in April is growing ever closer.

To help our customers prepare for its introduction, we recently held a series of highly rated information events.

As part of the Semta Group, EAL is uniquely placed to meet all your skills needs from strategy to delivery.  You’ll benefit from a seamless service that utilises expertise from across the whole Group, including a dedicated levy consultancy service.

If you missed out on the events you can visit the levy section of our website where you will find a detailed Q&A, factsheet, and the government's latest guidance, or you can arrange a free one-to-one consultation with one of our levy experts.

Arrange a one to one consultation...

Our Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Please note that EAL’s offices will close at 1.00pm on Friday 23rd December and re-open at 8.00am on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

  • There will be no on-site support for any EAL services including registration, certification or exams scheduling between these dates.  
  • No publication orders will be fulfilled between these dates. Orders processed during this time will be despatched from 3rd January 2017.

We look forward to working with you next year.

Qualification news
Updated Materials for EAL Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification

New and Improved Resources for EAL's Level 2 and 3 Plumbing Qualifications

Level 2 Cycle Maintenance - Registration and Certification End Date

Centre updates
E-mail Notification for Your Electronic Invoices

Congratulations to Derwent Training Association's 2016 Apprenticeship Graduates

External Moderation Feedback

Case studies

EAL launches new qualifications for electricians

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