Ten collaborative projects have been commissioned to investigate the fundamental shift in teaching, learning and assessment of new apprenticeship standards.
Funded by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), the projects are an opportunity for more than 100 practitioners to explore, understand and share what outstanding looks like in the new approach to apprenticeships.
Each of the projects is focused on one or more programme themes:
1. Collaborative approaches to teaching/training, learning and assessment between providers and employers.
2. Curriculum development based on the new standards.
3. Monitoring and assessing the progress of the apprentice.
4. Outstanding technical pedagogy in apprenticeship delivery.
Julie Gibbings, Head of Teaching, Learning and Assessment at ETF, said: “The new standards represent a fundamental shift in the way apprenticeships are delivered. Employers play a central role, and new organisations now form an important part of the system, including end-point assessment organisations and universities.
"We are delighted that such a diverse and high-profile range of organisations is involved in the projects – including apprenticeship providers, colleges, universities, employers (such as British Airways, The National Theatre), local authorities, regional networks and end-point assessment organisations.”
The successful projects are exploring the following areas:
|Aim Awards Assessment
||Effective preparation and delivery of end-point assessment
||Developing the apprentice’s behaviours and mindset
||Development of contextualised English and maths with the employer and its impact on pedagogy
||Monitoring and assessing the progress of apprentices
||Effective curriculum design with the employer, in the context of the workplace and job role
||On-programme assessment to develop professional skills and behaviours
|CMS Vocational Training (with WYLP)
||Effective training planning with the employer
|Sheffield Hallam University
||Designing the curriculum with the employer without the qualification structure in place
|Profile Development and Training (with KATO)
||Induction: Designing and mapping on and off-the-job training with the employer
|Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service
||Effective mentoring support in the workplace
Kathryn Gundle, Head of Quality at Remit Training (and member of the OTLA Research Oversight Group), said: “As a national apprenticeship provider who has started to deliver the new apprenticeship standards, we have experienced first-hand some of the challenges and areas for exploration that are required. We are really excited that these ten projects are tackling these topics head-on, and look forward to drawing on the research findings, practice and resources that emerge.”
Projects are in the early stages of their practitioner-research and will continue through to January 2018. Findings and practice will be shared in the coming months. The final set of practical and research outputs will be pulled together into an overarching Practitioner Toolkit by the Strategic Development Network (SDN) in early 2019, supported by a series of practice-sharing webinars.