Apprenticeship toolkit

Do we still need e-portfolios?

The new apprenticeship standards, introduced in England between 2017 and 2020, have shifted the role of on-programme training and learning towards developing skills and understanding in preparation for an end-point assessment (EPA). Does this mean evidence of progress in an e-portfolio or similar platform is no longer needed?

Although qualifications are no longer a mandatory requirement for apprenticeships, qualifications can still be built into a standard by the Trailblazer group if felt necessary.

The new standards cover behaviours as well knowledge and skills and a portfolio of evidence may still be part of the Assessment Plan for the standard drawn up by the Trailblazer Group.

When assessing which platform(s) to use for evidencing learning prior to assessment, check you can:

  • Map to criteria and standards
  • Support creative ways of capturing evidence of skills and competences
  • Have progress dashboards and live reports
  • Complete reviews online and offline with an app for Windows, Apple and Android tablets and smart phones

Examples of effective practice

HIT Training plans to introduce web streaming to provide evidence of catering skills in an e-portfolio and to prepare apprentices by observation for their EPA.

PROCAT provides trainers with portable remote routers so they can collect evidence and undertake reviews online in the workplace. A bring your own device policy on the provider’s premises makes it easy for apprentices to upload video evidence of their practical skills. Apprentices, trainers and employers have access to all evidence on OneFile.

In this video a trainer describes the benefits of using e-portfolio evidence in Smart Assessor for catering and hospitality learners.