When it comes to inspections, apprenticeship providers will need to provide evidence of learning gain and individual progress measured against starting points and based on the rate of learning, acquisition of knowledge and skills and whether apprentices have achieved their individualised, challenging targets.
“Regardless of the format of an apprenticeship programme, our inspectors want to see that apprentices know something new, can do something better, are able to work on their own, and can make independent decisions as a result of their training and learning”
Chris Jones, HMI specialist adviser on apprenticeships at Ofsted (Apprenticeships: what are Ofsted inspectors looking for? in FE Week 5 March 2017)
There are many advantages that efficiency, cost and reliability benefits that technological solutions can bring to this process:
Top tips from providers include:
The Real Apprenticeship Company developed an end-to-end web portal called ‘The Real Academy’ that collates every aspect of apprenticeship, employer and programme data for funding, inspection and programme requirements.
Nova Training has developed an e-ILP within its own bespoke e-portfolio system. As soon as the apprentice, assessor and employer agree the programme of learning, the system starts to track progress, turning the ILP into a live record of the learner journey.