A new series of 4 podcasts focusing on the Apprenticeship reforms and a new e-guide called Resources for planning and action – effective practice from the Apprenticeship Staff Support Programme, has been launched to support training providers and colleges delivering trainee schemes.
Staff from providers across the FE and skills sector joined employers, government officials and other key stakeholders to learn more about the new resources at the final Apprenticeship Staff Support Programme (ASSP) and Traineeship Staff Support Programme (TSSP) Dissemination conference held at the Holiday Inn in central Birmingham on Wednesday 30th of September.
Paul Warner, AELP’s Director or Employment and Skills and Chair of the ASSP Steering Group, said: “The two Staff Support Programmes have been highly successful in identifying, focusing down on and addressing the most pressing practitioner needs in the delivery of both Traineeships and Apprenticeships.
“The fact that the resources have been both developed and disseminated by the sector itself has meant that they have direct relevance and credibility for training providers of all types, all over the country. Alongside our strategic partners, we have been very proud to have been managing both the ASSP and TSSP and working alongside the Education and Training Foundation in helping to raise the capacity and professionalism of training providers even higher.”
Keynote speakers at the conference included: AELP CEO Stewart Segal and Jennifer Coupland from the BIS Joint Apprenticeship Unit, whose presentations helped to further understanding of the wider policy context in which Apprenticeship and Traineeship staff are working. Members of the Employers Panel also responded to the input from the speakers and will give their views on the implications for provider staff of the Apprenticeship reforms and the introduction of the Traineeship programme
The conference workshops showcased the resources produced as part of the second phase of ASSP. These include guidance to support staff working with vulnerable learners, new Apprentice and Employer Handbooks and a checklist for staff who are managing the transition from Apprenticeship frameworks to the new standards. Delegates were be able to explore issues with the providers who produced the new materials and learn from their experiences.
Jenny Williams, Director of Vocational Education and Training at the Education and Training Foundation, said: “We wanted to support apprenticeship practitioners to engage with employers and prepare to deliver the new trailblazer standards. I urge apprenticeship providers to check out the resources now available, they have all been designed with teachers and trainers to help staff get to grips with the apprenticeship reforms.”