E Proctoring system

We are investing in an E Proctoring examination system.

ABBE is working with Pearson Vue to implement the OnVue E Proctoring Examination system.

The OnVue E Proctoring examination system provides learners with the flexibility of taking their exam in any suitable environment (e.g. at home or in the office), only requiring internet connection, a webcam and the Pearson Vue software (OnVUE), which is downloaded from a web browser.

The OnVue E Proctoring system uses a combination of artificial intelligence and human invigilators to monitor learners as they complete the examination, ensuring a valid examination attempt.

The OnVue E proctoring system allows learners to choose to take their examination either via the online E Proctoring system, or by physical attendance at a Pearson Vue examination centre.

The Pearson Vue E proctoring system is an integrated, end-to-end testing solution that facilitates invigilated exams delivered in physical testing centres or through invigilated online exams (E Proctoring) anywhere that a learner can use a computer with internet access. Learners are able to select, as part of the booking process whether to take the exam online or at a physical test centre.

A major advantage of the E proctored system is that it allows access to examinations 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

OnVue is a dynamic examination environment, allowing for a bank of questions to be input to the system, ensuring unique examinations for each learner.

If your centre is interested in offering examinations via the OnVue E Proctoring Examination system, the following sets out initial costs:

 £1000 one off fee for access to the system
 £1000 per examination published on to the system
 £70 per learner per examination attempt

If you are interested in offering examinations using this format, please contact abbeenquiries@bcu.ac.uk

Hard copy Certificates

As part of our continuous effort to follow Government guidelines around
COVID 19, we will continue to send hard copies of certificates out at the end of each month, with the exception of December. Certificates in December will be sent to centres on 15 December so please look out for them.

In the meantime, learners will still receive an on-line certificate for their records.

In January we will be despatching certificates on 19 January, then from February we will despatching certificates at the end of each month.

Reminder

Please note: All ABBE learners should be registered on their ABBE qualification at the start of their learner journey. If they are not registered with ABBE from the start there is no recourse.

ABBE Christmas Closure Dates

The ABBE office will close on Thursday 24 December 2020 and will reopen on Monday 4 January 2021 at 9am.

New qualifications:

The following new qualifications are now available for learner registrations:

  • Level 3 Certificate for Retrofit Assessors
  • Level 3 Certificate in Sectional Overhead & Roller Shutter Door: Basic Installation
  • Level 3 Certificate in Sectional Overhead & Roller Shutter Door: Faults and Repair
  • Level 3 Certificate in Sectional Overhead Door: Advanced Installation
  • Level 3 Award in Advanced Sectional Overhead Door: Faults and Repair
  • Level 3 Award in Installation, Faults and Repair of Roller Shutter Doors
  • Level 3 Award in Installation, Faults & Repair of High-Speed Doors

Please visit our website for more information.

Qualifications coming soon:

Property Qualifications
Following feedback from a number of our centres, we have reviewed the content of these qualifications and have developed a new replacement suite as follows:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Professional Residential Property Letting and Managemen
  • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Residential Property Letting and Management
  • Level 3 Diploma in Professional Sale of Residential Property
  • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Sale of Residential Property
  • Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Residential Property Letting and Management
  • Level 2 Certificate in Introduction to Sale of Residential Property

These qualifications will be available for registration from January 2021. The specifications for these qualifications will be available on the ABBE website during December.

Centres wishing to transfer learners from the existing suite of qualifications onto the new suite of qualifications will be able to do so, at no charge, between 1 January and 28 February 2021.

Centres who want to offer this qualification will need to complete an Additional Qualification Approval form and submit this along with the fee to ABBE.

Retrofit Assessor
Sponsored by the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), PAS is a framework of new and existing standards on how to conduct effective energy retrofits of existing buildings.

PAS 2035 covers how to assess dwellings for retrofit, identify improvement options, design and specify Energy Efficiency Measures (EEM) and monitor retrofit projects. However, the PAS 2030, which was redeveloped in conjunction with PAS 2035, covers the installation, commissioning and handover of retrofit projects. Organisations which trade using the Trustmark Government endorsed Quality scheme are required to comply with PAS 2035.

ABBE have already developed the Level 3 Certificate for Retrofit Assessors and we are in the process of developing qualifications to enable learners to meet the requirements for the following:

  • Advisors – Level 3 Award for Retrofit Advisors
  • Installers – Level 2 and Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Insulation Building Treatments

Co-ordinators – Level 5 Diploma for Retrofit Co-ordinators

More information will be found on our website shortly.

Insulation and Building Treatments Qualifications
Due to changes in the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the Insulation and Building Treatments qualifications which include requirements for PAS2035, we will be developing a new replacement suite of qualifications as follows:

  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Insulation Building Treatments (Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing)
  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Insulation Building Treatments (Wall Tie Replacement)
  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Insulation Building Treatments (Cavity Wall Insulation)
  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Insulation Building Treatments (Solid Floor Insulation)
  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Insulation Building Treatments (Under Floor Insulation)
  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Insulation Building Treatments (Cold Roof Insulation)

We are also developing NEW Level 3 NVQ Insulation and Building Treatments qualifications which include requirements for PAS2035. The new Level 3 suite of qualifications as follows:

  •  Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Insulation Building Treatments (Room in Roof)
  • Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Insulation Building Treatments (Park Homes)
  • Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Insulation Building Treatments (Hybrid Wall)
  • Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Insulation Building Treatments (Insulating Framed Section of Buildings)
  • Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Insulation Building Treatments (External Wall Insulation Boarder)
  • Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Insulation Building Treatments (External Wall Insulation Finisher)
  • Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Insulation Building Treatments (External Wall Insulation Boarder and Finisher)
  • Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Insulation Building Treatments (Internal Insulation (Walls)

These qualifications will be available for registration from January 2021. The specifications for these qualifications will be available on the ABBE website shortly.

Centres wishing to transfer learners from the existing suite of qualifications onto the new suite of qualifications will be able to do so, at no charge, between 15 January 2021 and 15 March 2021.

Centres who want to offer this qualification will need to complete an Additional Qualification Approval form and submit this along with the fee to ABBE.

Qualifications due to expire in the next 6 months:

The final registration date for the following suite of qualifications is 31 March 2021.

  •  Level 3 Diploma in Property (Sale of Residential Property) (600/1002/2)
  •  Level 3 Diploma in Property (Residential Letting and Management) (600/0988/3)
  •  Level 2 Certificate in Property (Sale of Residential Property) (600/0990/1)
  •  Level 2 Certificate in Property (Residential Letting and Management) (600/1003/4)

The final registration date for the following suite of qualifications is 31 May 2021.

  •   Level 2 Certificate in Understand Insulation and Building Treatments
  •  Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Insulation and Building Treatments Cavity Wall Insulation
  •  Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Insulation and Building Treatments Loft Insulation
  •  Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Insulation and Building Treatments Draught Proofing

Once the new qualifications are available, centres will be able to transfer learners across to the new qualifications.

Parnassus – important information

ABBE will shortly be moving the latest version of Parnassus.

At some point during the transition period Parnassus will not be available to centres. This is likely to be end-November beginning-December but we will advise centres of the exact date near the time. A new Parnassus User Guide will also be produced and as always, you can phone the office for additional support.

Are recruiting – DEA and/or OCDEA Training Portfolio Assessors

Work can be completed remotely to fit around your current work requirements. You will be paid per portfolio completed at a competitive rate.
The role requirements:

• A1 (or equivalent) Assessor qualification
• DEA and /or OCDEA qualification
• Understanding of ABBE qualification frameworks and handbook

Please submit your CV and a covering letter to: training@stroma.com

Leptospirosis: Are you at risk?

Workers – particularly those in the construction sector – may be at risk of exposure to a type of leptospirosis called Weil’s Disease.
The Weil’s disease form of leptospirosis is contracted from the urine of infected rats and this is most likely to be during refurbishment or demolition work.

HSE’s website tells you how to control this risk and why.

You can also purchase packs of HSE’s pocket cards which explain what leptospirosis is, how you might catch it and ways to prevent it. The cards also clarify what you should do if you do contract the disease.

HSE COVID-19 updates and guidance

HSE has published a range of coronavirus-related guidance and information, which you may find useful.

It includes:

For all the latest information and advice visit our coronavirus pages.

News from FE Week …………………….

Adult education budget tender delayed again!

An upcoming tender for the national adult education budget has been delayed – again.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency had planned to launch the re-procurement exercise, which is expected to follow the same scope as the controversial AEB tender in 2017, in July 2020 but then pushed this back until the end of the year.

But the agency has now confirmed that the tender will not get off the ground until January 2021. Contract notifications are expected to go out to successful bidders by May ahead of their start in August 2021.

For more information click here.

Six members appointed to DfE’s skills and productivity board

Six “leading skills and labour market economists” have today been appointed to the Department for Education’s new skills and productivity board.

Led by chair Stephen van Rooyen, an executive vice president at international broadcaster Sky, the team will aim to provide independent “expert advice” on how courses and qualifications should align to the skills that employers need post-Covid-19.

In a letter to the chair, education secretary Gavin Williamson said the board should prioritise answering the following questions over the next 12 months:

• Which areas of the economy face the most significant skills mismatches or present growing areas of skills need?
• Can the board identify the changing skills needs of several priorityareas within the economy over the next 5-10 years?
• How can skills and the skills system promote productivity growth inareas of the country that are poorer performing economically?

The DfE will also “welcome the board’s advice on what ‘good’ looks like across the globe”.

Williamson said the evidence and analysis the board produces will play a “significant part in addressing the most pressing gaps in our knowledge and understanding of the labour market, helping to rebuild our economy post-Covid-19 and deliver a bold skills agenda”.

The six members are:
• Arun Advani – University of Warwick: Assistant Professor, IFS Fellow
• Claire Crawford – University of Birmingham: Reader in Economics
• Andrew Dickerson – University of Sheffield: Professor of Economics and Director of Sheffield Methods Institute
• Ewart Keep – Oxford University: Emeritus Professor in Education, Training and Skills, Department of Education Oxford University
• Grace Lordan – London School of Economics: Associate Professor & Founding Director of the Inclusion Initiative
• Sir Christopher Pissarides –London School of Economics: Regius Professor of Economics and Nobel laureate

News from the BBC ………………………………………..

Millions ‘could miss out on new skills scheme’

Millions of low-paid workers risk missing out on a new government scheme aimed at improving skills and qualifications, a think tank says.

The Lifetime Skills Guarantee aims to offers courses for adults without any A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

But the Work Foundation think tank discovered that 1.4 million low-paid workers aged 25-49 had at least one qualification that would rule them out.

Other workers might miss out because of financial pressures, it added.

The research cited the Office for National Statistics’ Labour Force Survey.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the new programme in September as part of a broader shake-up in adult education. The programme will offer fully funded college courses to all people over 18 in England without an A-level or equivalent qualification.

These equivalent qualifications include level 3 NVQs and music grades 6, 7 and 8.

Previously, only people aged under 23 qualified for a fully-funded qualification at this level.

For more information click here.

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