Apprenticeship toolkit

Enhancing the learner experience

Are you making the most of technology to enhance the overall digital experience your apprentices receive?

We have explored the digital experiences of learners in the skills sector and consulted them on their needs and expectations. The study encompassed work-based learning (including apprenticeships), adult and community learning and offender learning.

While the findings from our research have much in common with earlier studies for higher and further education, we identified some key challenges that are specific to the skills sector:

  • Access to meaningful learning opportunities is affected by poor provision of basic technology like WiFi access and working printers. In work-based learning there are problems with students accessing industry standard equipment and software
  • Learners’ digital experiences are strongly dependent on the confidence and capabilities of their teachers, but currently there are limited opportunities for staff development and training. Where there is a high proportion of part-time staff, this is exacerbating the problem

Our guide to Enhancing the digital experience for skills learners looks at these issues in more detail and explores five key areas of:

  • Developing your digital vision
  • Building a robust digital environment
  • Developing staff digital capabilities
  • Empowering and engaging learners
  • Embedding technology within inclusive curriculum and assessment practices

Also contained in the guide are links to resources and examples of effective technology enhanced practice shared with us from a range of skills providers.