2What is an Apprenticeship? - 1 Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE)An Apprenticeship consists of the following:competency based element;knowledge based element;key skills / functional skillsThe length of an Apprenticeship will vary according to the qualification, the nature of their work and the competence of individual ApprenticesDelivered by public and private sector providers
3What is an Apprenticeship? - 2 Paid employment with nationally recognised training that is externally validated.Apprenticeships are available at levels 2, 3 (and some at 4).Over 180 frameworks are available at levels 2 and 3.Higher level Apprenticeships are currently available in:Accountancy (FSSC)Contact Centres (Council for Administration)ICT Professionals (e-Skills UK)Purchase and Supply Management (Skills for Logistics)Engineering Technology (SEMTA)
5Benefits to Young People 91% of apprentices claim it has given them positive career benefits with 61% saying it was a very positive experience which has given a good basis for a satisfying career and 30% saying it was reasonably positive experience which has brought some career benefits. Only 1% claim to have had a negative experience and it being a waste of time.Apprentices’ earning power has increased significantly and over three quarters (76%) of apprentices believe that without their apprenticeship they wouldn’t be earning their current salary.Over two thirds (67%) of apprentices hope to take part in further learning with 36% have either completed further learning already or currently in learning. Over half (54%) of apprentices who completed an advanced apprenticeship showed an interest in pursuing a degree-level equivalent course
6Benefits to Employers The Warwick Institute of Employment Research Apprenticeships allowed employers to secure a supply of the skills they requiredCosts of recruiting experienced workers from the external labour market seen as more expensive because of recruitment and induction costsOften supply in the external labour market is limitedApprentices provided a pool of skilled people to select from for future promotionApprentices were seen as relatively loyal: more likely to stay with the company and steeped in company valuesApprentices seen as bringing new ideas into organisationsThe costs of Apprenticeship training is recouped relatively quickly
7Qualifications and Levels The required components for apprenticeships is determined by the sector skills council as part of the framework This must meet SASE requirements before an awarding organisation can offer this qualification There may be more than one qualification which can be used
8Apprenticeship Footprint Competency ElementKnowledge ElementTransferrable Skills - (Functional Skills)English, Mathematics, Information Communication Technology (ICT)Employment Rights and ResponsibilitiesPersonal Learning and Thinking Skillssometimes combined
9Structure Aim Learning outcomes Assessment criteria Testing this is an explanation of what the unit is aboutLearning outcomesWhat the learner will know and understandAssessment criteriaWhat the learner can do e.g. describe, identify, explain, perform, etcTestingMay also form part of a component of a framework
10Guided Learning Hours - GLH There will be a recommendation by the awarding organisation – sector skills councilThese will vary according to learner and length of programme - it is up to the provider to decide this - based on learner’s ability and level of existing knowledgeGLH will include direct contact as well as directed study and on-the-job trainingAn apprenticeship programme should log the SASE requirements
11Employment Rights and Responsibilities - ERR The ERR workbook is issued by the Sector Skills Council and may form a mandatory part of a frameworkIt may, in some instances, be embedded within either the competence or knowledge based componentsIt is, however, a useful tool to use to underpin knowledge and understanding for both the competence and knowledge elementsMay also map to Personal Learning and Thinking Skills - PLTS
12Personal Learning and Thinking Skills - PLTS Six groups of skills together with functional skills are essential to success in learningIndependent EnquirersCreative ThinkersReflective LearnersTeam WorkersSelf-ManagersEffective Participators
13Good Practice Exercise How are you going to approach Functional Skills?How are you going to approach competence element?How are you going to approach the technical certificate – knowledge element?What methods are you going to use?What resources are you going to use?How will you ensure it is an embedded and robust approach – SMARTER?
14Building Blocks – holistic approach Look at the overall picture of both the technical certificate (knowledge) and Competence units chosenUse these building blocks each time you work with your learnerUse this picture to plan your sessionsUse this picture to ensure an embedded approach and identify assessment/learning opportunities
15The learner journey Ask yourself – What needs to take place at each stage?Is there any internal/external intervention?How long is each stage of the journey?