As a consequence of changes in the learning and skills landscape, Standards Verification UK (SVUK) ceased operations on Thursday, 31 March 2011.
These are the arrangements regarding SVUK’s services.
The Tariff of Qualifications (ITT)
A transfer of this function has been agreed with the Institute for Learning (IfL). Therefore, one post will transfer under TUPE regulations. IfL will take responsibility for the Tariff of ITT qualifications, the EU and overseas qualifications comparison tool, and information about evidencing personal skills. For more information please visit www.ifl.ac.uk
General Professional Recognition Learning and Skills (GPRLS)
IfL has agreed to supervise the administration of the GPRLS scheme beyond the 31 March 2011 for individuals who, in good faith, started the scheme and are in a position to submit a completed application.
Anyone still intending to apply now needs to:
Tell IfL of their intention to complete an application by sending a confirmation email headed GPRLS to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 13 April 2011. Alternatively, telephone 0844 815 3202 and ask to speak to Grace Gomez in the Professional Formation team about GPRLS.
Send the completed application and payment to IfL by Wednesday 25 May 2011. All correspondence should be addressed to the Professional Formation Team, the Institute for Learning, First Floor, 49-51 East Road, London N1 6AH, marking the envelope ‘GPRLS Scheme’.
Endorsement as a term and process ceases with SVUK. It is intended that there will be replacement external quality assurance arrangements for initial teacher training in further education, likely to be a register of qualifications approved by the Secretary of State. However, no further details are available at present.
Endorsement in Wales is suspended until DCELLS, the relevant department of the Welsh Assembly Government, determines future arrangements.
The SVUK Quality mark service is now closed.
Lifelong Learning UK
SVUK’s parent body Lifelong Learning UK also ceased operations on 31 March. For more information about the future of sector skills work in the lifelong learning sector please visit www.lsis.org.uk