The New World of Apprenticeship Standards and the Puzzle of On-Programme Delivery

Apprenticeships have evolved. A shift away from the safe and well-known framework to the more flexible and holistic approach of standards offers employers, training providers and colleges a host of opportunities. However, the relative lack of structure also causes confusion, uncertainty and makes delivery a puzzle that must be solved.

Since the launch of the standards we have been asked so many questions that start with the word ‘how’. How do I start? How do I track progress? How do I prove my apprentices are ready for gateway? How do I know that my apprentices are progressing? How do I evidence my apprentices have the requisite knowledge, skills and behaviours required of the standard? How do I ensure my apprentices cover the 20% off-the-job training?

If you’re asking these same questions, please know that you are not alone.

The change to the standards is a whole new world when it comes to apprenticeships. It is a giant leap in the delivery model from frameworks to standards and the lack of detail can make planning the mandatory on-programme learning difficult. The lack of a clearly defined structure can leave training providers unsure how to structure their delivery. It can leave the apprentice feeling isolated and confused and means that the risk of the apprentice dropping off the programme is heightened.

Clearly there is a need for greater structure. There are ambitious targets of 3 million apprentices completing the standards by 2020. This number becomes increasingly unlikely as we all read stories of the dwindling numbers of new starters, and that many providers across all sectors are claiming it is taking longer for apprentices to reach gateway, and that the natural consequence of this is, of course, that apprentices’ motivation reduces while their frustrations go the opposite way. The risk of non-completion also rises.

When it comes to supporting our customers through on-programme delivery, the main way we can help is through our Apprenti-kits. The premise of our Apprenti-kit is that it provides a clear pathway from day one of the apprenticeship through to gateway, and that they are:  

  • mapped to the standards that they support
  • created by genuine industry experts with recent relevant experience
  • are available as an e-kit that is compatible with most e-portfolio systems
  • are broken down into manageable sized modules that can be completed at the apprentice’s own pace
  • evidence the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by the apprentice
  • contain over 1,000 hours of our experience, expertise and knowledge
  • track learners’ progress towards gateway and evidence their readiness for end-point assessment

We are committed to continuing to listen and respond to our customers’ needs, particularly around on-programme apprenticeship delivery and preparation for end-point assessment. Our ultimate aim is to contribute to the number of apprentices who successfully complete their apprenticeship, and to continue to provide leading work-based learning qualifications and training materials.

Speaking about Highfield Apprenti-kits, Jon Ansty, Head of Assessment, at Eastleigh College, said:

I have been working with Highfield for nearly three and a half years now. During this time our working relationship has flourished. When we started looking at the transition to standards, we met a few times to discuss the offer from Highfield around the Apprenti-kit for frameworks as well as standards.

The kits we use are for a range of areas, we use kits for the new standards in Hospitality Team Member and Hospitality Supervisor, Customer Service Practitioner as well as Adult Care Worker and Lead Adult Care Worker.

The quality of the kits has been recognised by our employers including HC3S where we have branded the Apprenti-kits with their logo. The kits are of a professional level and I am impressed by the support provided by both Highfield in facilitating further tweaks to personalise the kits for Eastleigh College as well as the employers.’

Find out how we can work with your organisation to deliver effective on-programme training by calling us on 0845 226 0350 or 01302 363 277 or emailing info@highfieldassessment.com.

Highfield approved for onboard and station team member end-point assessment

It’s been a busy month for approvals. But coming hot on the heels of aviation and business administration, we’re delighted to announce we’ve been approved to deliver end-point assessment for another passenger transport standard.

Highfield Qualifications has been approved by the government to provide end-point assessment for Passenger Transport – Onboard and Station Team Member with immediate effect. This brings to eight the total number of standards we’re approved for in the transport and logistics sector.

If you are an employer or provider in this sector and are interested in hearing more about the services we can provide around assessment for this standard, just drop us a line at info@highfieldassessment.com Or you call us on 0845 2260350/01302 363 277, where one of our friendly team members will be happy to talk you through the options right for you and your learners.

Highfield Qualifications is recognised as an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and sits on the Register of End Point Assessment Organisations.

EPA services are offered through our Highfield Assessment brand.

Find out more about our Apprenti-kits with our latest video update

When it comes to apprenticeships, Highfield Qualifications has done the hard work so you don’t have to. Find out how we are supporting apprentice learners – and employers on the apprenticeship levy – with our Apprenti-kits video.

To find out how Highfield Assessment compares to its competitors for end-point assessment, please visit here.

Highfield approved for passenger transport EPA

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Highfield has been working hard to make sure it has some of the most comprehensive coverage around for the new apprenticeship standards.

And we’re delighted to announce we’ve been approved to deliver end-point assessment (EPA) for the new Passenger Transport Driver – Bus, Coach, Rail Standards, adding this important sector to the many we’re already supporting on apprenticeships and the apprenticeship levy.

This means we’ll be able to offer passenger transport employers end-point assessment services and a full range of support to make the most of their potential levy payments.

Under the apprenticeship levy, larger employers pay into a central fund that must be used for apprenticeship training, while smaller employers will see 90 per cent of their costs covered by the government.

Highfield Qualifications is recognised as an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and sits on the Register of End Point Assessment Organisations. It offers EPA services through its Highfield Assessment brand.

You can also contact Highfield at info@highfieldassessment.com or by calling 0845 2260350/01302 363277.

For information on one of our new Apprenti-kits that supports a new apprenticeship standard, simply visit here.

Take your apprentices further with Highfield’s Apprenti-kits

Are you looking for engaging, rewarding and focussed resources for your apprentices? Then check out the video below to learn more about our industry-leading Apprenti-kits. You can also go directly to the website at www.highfield.co.uk/products/format/highfieldkits/

Further updates are now available here.

Coming soon – Apprenticeship Standard (Level 2) Healthcare Support Worker kit

Apprenticeship Standard Updateapprenticeship standardA new Apprent-kit to help learners undertaking the new level 2 apprenticeship standard for healthcare support worker is being launched by Highfield Products

Developed to support learners through a number of different delivery models – whether that’s direct delivery, distance learning or blended learning – the Apprenticeship Standard (Level 2) Healthcare Support Worker comes complete with everything needed to help learners, employers and tutors throughout the apprenticeship journey. 

The comprehensive kit includes a welcome booklet that provides guidance on the new apprenticeship standards, thorough coverage of the required knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs), plus a wide range of sector-based activities to enhance learners’ understanding and achievement. 

Also included is an authoritative guide that aims to demystify end-point assessment, plus a textbook and workbook for each of the mandatory knowledge and skills modules, as well as for the required behaviours. 

And to provide added flexibility and adaptability, the kit is available in an A4 ring binder or electronically as an e-kit delivered direct to your inbox. 

The Apprenticeship Standard (Level 2) Healthcare Support Worker is available for pre-order now. Just contact Highfield on either 0845 226 0350/01302 363277 or sales@highfield.co.uk.

For further information on how Highfield Assessment performs against its competitors, please visit here.

Help for healthcare employers on apprenticeship levy and assessment 

apprenticeship levyHealthcare employers looking to make the most of the new apprenticeship levy will have help on hand from one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations.

Highfield Qualifications has been approved by the government to provide end-point assessment (EPA) services for the new healthcare assistant practitioner, healthcare support worker and senior healthcare support worker standards – which are currently being introduced throughout the sector – and will be offering healthcare employers a full range of support services to make the most of their potential apprenticeship levy payments.

The changes are some of the biggest ever to training in the UK, and will see new apprenticeship standards use EPAs instead of continuous assessment, meaning individual apprentices will have their work and competence assessed towards the end of their learning against criteria established by healthcare employers.  

There has also been the introduction of the apprenticeship levy from May 2017, with larger employers paying into a central fund that must be used for apprenticeship training, while smaller employers will see 90 per cent of their costs covered by the government.

Chris Sprenger, Highfield MD, said, ‘With our recognition by the government as an apprentice assessment organisation (AAO), Highfield is in a position to provide specific assessment services for those organisations already taking on healthcare apprentices.

We can also offer consultancy and advice to any organisation still trying understand the changes and make the most of them –  whether they are looking to take on apprentices for the first time, wanting to have their existing in-house training recognised, or searching for services and resources to ensure they claim the full share of their funding entitlement’.

He added, ‘Apprenticeships are great for businesses and can provide a welcome boost to staff development and productivity when it is most needed, but it’s vital that organisations understand from day one how to make sure the changes are of benefit to them and their employees’. 

Highfield’s apprenticeship services are being offered through its Highfield Assessment brand. To see how Highfield Assessment stacks up to its competitors, simply visit here.

For more on the healthcare standards, go to the ‘Apprenticeship Qualifications’ section of www.highfieldassessment.com     

You can also contact Highfield at info@highfieldassessment.com or by calling 0845 2260350.

Regular social media updates are available at https://twitter.com/askhighfield and www.facebook.com/askhighfield

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Notes to editors:

  1. Highfield Qualifications has been approved by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) as an apprentice assessment organisation (AAO) for the provision of end-point assessment services for the healthcare assistant practitioner, healthcare support worker and senior healthcare support worker standards. Highfield’s apprenticeship services are delivered through its Highfield Assessment brand.
  2. Highfield Qualifications is one of the UK’s top five awarding organisations (AOs) and winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2016, offering over 250 qualifications covering a wide variety of industries including retail, health and social care, rail, food safety, security, catering and hospitality, and logistics.

Apprenticeship standards: further views requested on CYP options

skills for healthSkills for Health is looking for feedback on qualifications units to support the Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard for Senior Healthcare Support Workers (Children and Young People’s option) and is asking professionals in the sector to complete a survey.

The survey has been split up into sections and the units have been allocated under different sections for ease: Safeguarding, Communication and relationship building, Mental Health, Providing support, Child development, Knowledge only units, Babies, Generic units and their applicability to Children & Young People.

The feedback will inform the final structure of the qualification pathway.

It does not include the mandatory units and only includes those units with outstanding queries.  These will be optional in the qualification for Children & Young People (not the full list of optional units).

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3346081/Children-Young-People-s-qualification-units

This survey will close at 12pm noon on Thursday 9th March 2017.

If you have any queries about the survey, please email qualifications@skillsforhealth.org.uk

To find out how we stack up against our competitors for end-point assessment, simply visit here.

Survey on end-of-life care content of new qualification

A new qualification is being developed to support the Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard for Senior Healthcare Support Workers.

This survey relates to End of Life Care content of the proposed qualification. There are existing units for end of life care and this survey seeks your views on any changes that need to be made to ensure that they are fit for purpose. The final units will be available as optional units in the Level 3 Diploma qualification.

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3341850/End-of-Life-Care-units

The survey will close at 12pm noon on Monday 27th February 2017.

If you have any queries, please email qualifications@skillsforhealth.org.uk

Views sought on new healthcare support workers qualification

healthcare support workers qualificationSkills for Health is seeking feedback from industry professionals on the development of a new qualification to support the Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard for Senior Healthcare Support Workers. 

The survey asks for your views on existing qualifications units and any gaps to support the Allied Health Professional – Therapy Support option within the apprenticeship standard. 

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3330384/Allied-Health-Profession-Therapy-Support-qualification-pathway 

The level 3 Diploma qualification will have shared core of mandatory units that meet the content requirements of the apprenticeship standard and that everyone taking the qualification will do, regardless of pathway. Areas covered include health and safety, handling information, communication, equality and diversity, personal development, duty of care and person-centred approached. Individual units that correspond with the content of options within the apprenticeship standard will also be available for learners to select. 

The survey will close at 12pm noon on 6 March 2017.

Should you have any queries, please email qualifications@skillsforhealth.org.uk