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Posted By Apprenticeships 4 England on 25/03/2018 in Apprenticeship Sector News Stories

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 Training consultants have high levels of expertise, are enthusiastic and reflect current work and professional practice well. They have a clear focus on linking learning and the world of work. This supports apprentices to see how their learning benefits their current work role and allows employers to see direct benefits from the apprenticeship programme. 

 Staff and apprentices use technology very well for learning and to record and understand progress. Training consultants and apprentices use the e-portfolio well to monitor and track progress. Recordings are made of progress reviews, which usually involve the training consultant, apprentice and employer. The format and protocols for these recorded reviews ensure that apprentices have a clear and accurate record of their progress and achievement relevant to their learning and work role. 

 Training consultants deliver teaching, learning and assessment that enable the large majority of apprentices to make good progress, preparing them well for progression and their career. For example, a former apprentice now holds a supervisory role and manages a current apprentice after progressing through level 2 and level 3 with the same employer. 

 Employers are actively involved in the planning and review of their apprentices’ learning. Training consultants work well with employers to develop and provide learning that is highly contextualised to the apprentices’ work role. This supports learning, progress and achievement and allows the apprentices to make an increasingly valuable contribution to their employer’s business. 

 Teaching, learning and assessment promote equality, address diversity and tackle radicalisation, bullying and discrimination. An e-learning tool is used well by apprentices to develop their understanding of these key topics. The vast majority of apprentices can readily state and apply the key concepts of equality and diversity. The majority also have a good understanding of British values and concerns related to the ‘Prevent’ duty. 

 Training consultants promote good English skills among apprentices. During vocational learning sessions, they develop apprentices’ English abilities well. Training consultants and employers recognise the importance of further developing apprentices’ English skills for higher qualifications. For example, a level 4 apprentice explained how their training consultant had supported them to improve their essay-writing ability, a skill they did not need to complete their level 2 and level 3 apprenticeships.  

 Apprentices on new standards-based programmes are supported by training consultants to achieve higher grades through effective stretch-and-challenge activities. These include the good use of formative assessment and detailed feedback on how to achieve a high grade in preparation for end-point assessment. 

 Training consultants support the majority of apprentices to further develop and strengthen their mathematical skills through learning which is linked well to work activities. For example, an apprentice on a business administration apprenticeship performed complex linear and special calculations in their role with a building surveyor, and an apprentice for a cleaning supplies company calculated accurately the volume and size of packages that would fit onto a pallet. However, in a minority of reviews and learning activities, the development of mathematical skills is not consistently encouraged or related sufficiently to the job role. Consequently, a small minority of apprentices do not get the opportunity to practise these skills or relate them to the skills they need in the workplace.  

 A few training consultants do not frequently check progress in learning sessions. The questions asked of apprentices at times lack challenge or sufficient precision to ensure an accurate assessment of learning or progress made

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