Apprenticeship toolkit

Example approaches to individual learning plan (ILP) processes

In most contexts, induction and ILP processes are an opportunity for trainers and learners to get to know one another. As a result, face-to-face meetings are the norm.

Examples of effective practice

Staff from East Kent College meet all apprentices face-to-face at the start of an apprenticeship. The college is trialling group delivery of standard induction courses, for example, for Prevent and Safeguarding training but trainers and learners meet individually to complete the college’s ILP using the Smart Assessor e-portfolio system.

Apprentices aged between 16 and 20 on level 2 and 3 courses at Basingstoke ITEC expect to use digital technology to document their learning. Working with the Skilsure e-portfolio system from induction onwards helps develop and provide evidence of their ICT functional skills. Trainers work on paper to complete ILPs which are later scanned into Skilsure as their employers prefer paper copies. At this point, trainers look beyond ‘meeting the standard’ to capture what else might add value on the apprentice’s journey.

Derwentside College provides apprentices with an online welcome pack. Those identified at the ILP stage as having learning support needs have links to resources to help them develop their skills. All resources are located on Moodle to help learners take ownership of their own learning journey.

Chiltern Training uses the ILP process to ascertain whether apprentices have access to the internet. All apprentices are shown how to log on to organisation’s Moodle site where there are short video clips on how to use the Learning Assistant e-portfolio, which reduces the amount of help learners require later from their trainers.