1. One-to-one support sessions

During the cycle 1 approvals process, IfATE colleagues are working with awarding bodies on a one-to-one basis.  

The purpose of these sessions is to clarify specific queries from awarding bodies in relation to the published approvals criteria. IfATE has found that awarding bodies participating in one-to-one sessions with IfATE colleagues during the cycle 1 approvals process have had higher quality applications in the main submission window than those who did not participate in the sessions.  

Awarding bodies who submitted in cycle 1 will continue to receive support from their dedicated IfATE contact.  

If you did not submit in cycle 1 and are new to the process for cycle 2, please email us to request an initial one-to-one meeting.  


2. Live webinars

IfATE, DfE and Ofqual will be delivering a joint webinar for stakeholders.  

The webinar will provide stakeholders with an overview of the roles and responsibilities of each organisation across the approvals process for cycle 2 technical qualifications, as well as a high-level overview of the approvals process itself.  

IfATE will be delivering two live webinars for awarding bodies; details and how to book are below. 

Introduction to the approvals process for level 3, cycle 2 technical qualifications.

In this webinar, IfATE will provide information for awarding bodies on the approval process for level 3 technical qualifications submitted during cycle 2. This will include an overview of the following information for cycle 2: 

  • categories and associated criteria 
  • routes and occupational standards in scope 
  • the approval process, key timelines and requirements for awarding bodies 
  • support available 


3. Pre-recorded webinars

From October 2023, IfATE will publish a series of detailed how-to guides for awarding bodies in the form of pre-recorded webinars. Webinars will be uploaded to this page and will remain visible for the duration of cycle 2.  

Webinars to be published will include detailed information on: 

  • completing the registration of intent form 
  • completing the proposal stage submission form 
  • KSB mapping templates 
  • completing submission forms 
  • resubmission and rejection process 

Awarding bodies can also refer to previously published webinars for employer engagement requirements and writing duties for additional specialist qualifications requiring a proposal to support the development of their submissions for cycle 2.  


Published 9 November 2023
Last updated 9 November 2023
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