Apprenticeship toolkit

Last updated 12 November 2017

Apprenticeship Standards in England: Mythbuster guide

The move to apprenticeship standards is the most radical reform to English vocational education for 50 years. In these early stages there is still uncertaintly about what the changes mean and there are a number of ‘urban myths’ in circulation. If you are unsure about anything it is always best to check using official sources to enhance your chance of success.

MythAgencies will not accept digital signatures

Digital signatures are explicitly permitted and will be accepted so long as you ensure appropriate checks and balances in your business processes to avoid fraud and error.

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Streamlining administration with digital signatures
Good practice with digital signatures

MythTechnology can't be used unless specifically stated in the standard and the assessment plan

Standards focus on knowledge, skills and behaviours and do not specify how training is best delivered. Assessment plans specify what should be assessed: some are clearer than others about how this is done. Digital skills are vital to industry.

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Evidencing learning

MythAll assessment in every standard takes place at the end

While all standards have an end point a(EPA) many of the standards require that candidate evidence is collected throughout the duration of the apprenticeship in a range of formats. A range of digital technologies can support evidence gathering and e-portfolios can be used to present evidence in a range of digital formats.

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A new role for e-portfolios

MythThe requirement for 20% off-the-job training means classroom-based training

Each standard must have a 20% element of off-the-job training but this could be delivered in a range of ways. There is no fixed requirement that this learning has to take place in a classroom.

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Blended learning

MythDigital technologies can't be used in some workplaces

Digital technologies are essential to modern business. With sufficient imagination and supporting processes they can be used in all apprenticeships. We have found good examples in all kinds of settings from childcare to airside in the aviation industry. Look out for the examples of effective practice throughout the resource.

Best practice guides

Our best practice guides cover a wide range of topics to help you get the best from digital in education and research on a range of topics including:

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