The Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance – FIESTA – of which Achieve+Partners is a strategic partner, is delighted to announce it is one of nine organisations representing employers across the manufacturing sector which are participating in a new partnership between industry and Government to grow the number of high-quality apprenticeships in the manufacturing sector.


Covid has created unprecedented challenges for the manufacturing sector, not least on employers’ plans for hiring apprentices and training the existing workforce. The Department for Education has started to build new partnerships between industry and government with the aim of challenging and addressing these barriers. AiM will strengthen this partnership through committed, skills-focused organisations working collaboratively.

On the 8th February, the Minister for Skills, Alex Burghart MP officially announced the launch of the new initiative, Apprenticeships in Manufacturing (AiM). He said:“The group has my full support in its vital agenda to grow the number of high-quality apprenticeships, the opportunities for young people, the number of manufacturing SMEs offering apprenticeships, and apprenticeships in new and Net Zero sectors.”

AiM is to be chaired by Anita Davenport-Brooks of the Lander Group, who said:“I am excited and honoured to be part of the AiM Group and look forward to working with the members to grow the number of high-quality apprenticeships in the manufacturing sector.  I believe that apprenticeships bring a valuable return on investment, not only financially but in every area of any business and I am passionate about the benefits they bring for individuals too. I have seen apprentices with differing abilities grow, develop and obtain substantive roles and there is common agreement that apprenticeships develop sustainable talent. I want to see AiM achieving on its objectives and growing more of this wonderful skilled talent for our sector.”

NBF Executive Director and memner of FIESTA Jessica Alexander added: “I’m pleased to see FIESTA being an integral part of this new partnership and have high hopes it will aid us in our aim to secure our industry for the future by developing a committed skilled workforce for the future. We all desperately need to raise awareness of the many opportunities and attractions of working in the furniture and interiors sector: it’s both creative and hands-on, with a proud tradition of craftsmanship, as well as innovative and modern, with exciting prospects as it moves towards a new era of sustainable principles.”

Aside from FIESTA, the other eight members of AiM are: Cogent Skills, Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA), Enginuity, Food and Drink Federation (FDF), Make UK, National Skills Academy for Food and Drink (NSAFD), UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) and the UK Metals Council (UKMC)

The group has close links with the National Manufacturing Skills Taskforce and is supported by the Department for Education, BEIS, DEFRA, DWP and the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

Employers who are considering starting or expanding apprenticeships for their business, can find out more at

The British Institute of Kitchen Bedroom and Bathroom Installation is to offer installers easy and affordable access to apprentices with a ground-breaking employer package for the new apprenticeship programme.


The KBB Fitted Interiors Apprenticeship programme is set to provide hundreds of youngsters with career opportunities within the KBB installation sector, tackling immediate worker shortages and longer-term skills gap challenge.

The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) is today calling on the industry and installation businesses of all sizes to support the long-term future of the industry’s workforce by promoting the apprenticeship programme and ultimately supporting businesses to take on an apprentice, safe in the knowledge that doing so will be hassle-free with support from BiKBBI.

The invitation comes thanks to a ground-breaking package of tailored support for installation businesses that the Institute has developed in collaboration with strategic partners including Achieve+Partners.

Backed by a three-year funding pledge from Quooker, BIKBBI expects this to lead to over 500 new apprentices per year entering our industry. Campaign activity will include working closely with the college recruitment departments and visiting schools to generate interest in KBB installation careers.

BIKBBI is also in discussions with a number of charities and community groups to develop recruitment campaigns within underrepresented communities, helping to ensure that the people from all backgrounds take up the opportunities of a KBB installation apprenticeship.

Damian Walters added: “All of the pieces are in place to provide youngsters a route into our industry, our job now is to help them recognise the opportunity that’s on offer. We’re going to spread the word of how a career in KBB installation offers young people from all backgrounds a way to quickly make a very good living in a trade that’s constantly in demand.”

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The EPA guides for employers, apprentices and training providers on best practice for assessment have now been published by the ESFA.

ESFA will be holding two webinars to provide an overview of the recently published end-point assessment guides. These guides outline the roles and responsibilities for assessment throughout the whole apprenticeship journey.

To register for the webinars please click on the links below:

Thursday 4th November at 11am
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Training Providers
Friday 5th November at 2pm
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The continuing pandemic has led to some exams and assessments being cancelled in 2021.

On the 25 February, the government announced the policy and scope of awarding vocational and technical qualifications in 2021.

It was confirmed that:

FSQs, ESOL Skills for Life and other qualification taken ‘on demand’

For qualifications that are taken on demand, such as Functional Skills and ESOL Skills for Life, there are three ways that learners will be able to access an assessment:

1: Assessments can continue to take place, in a college, training provider, school, employer premises, or alternative location, where it is safe for them to do so in line with public health guidance.

2: Assessments can be taken online in a wider range of venues, including at home.

3. Where neither of these options is possible, and learners need a result to progress, then a teacher assessed grade may be used.

If none of these options are possible, the assessment may be delayed or the learners moved to a different AO.

For more information please read: An article from Chief Regulator, Simon Lebus, explaining the arrangements for 2021.

We would like to announce that Achieve+Partners have signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant.

What is the Armed Forces Covenant?

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not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives. This includes offering injured servicemen and women and bereaved families extra support where appropriate.

Achieve and Partners Limited will endeavour in our business dealings to uphold the key principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, which are:

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Achieve+Partners has signed up to the Covenant as we recognise the commitment the personnel within the Armed Forces, past and present, have and continue to give and we wish to support them in any way we can.

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