How an apprenticeship is delivered

We appreciate that the first month in a new job can be quite daunting with lots of new people to meet and new things to learn about how the business operates. We therefore like to give the Apprentice time to settle in and get used to the environment before formally beginning the apprenticeship training.

During that first month, an Assessor from Reach4Skills will be allocated to the Apprentice and will forward information onto them.  We will require a skills scan to be completed and returned and we will also put a date in the diary for a first Assessor visit.  On average an Assessor will visit the Apprentice onsite every 4 to 6 weeks.  These visits will be arranged at a mutually convenient time.

During the initial month, our Enrolment Officer will also visit to run through an introduction to the Apprenticeship and complete the sign up and funding paperwork.

Progress Review Visits

In addition to the Assessor visits we will conduct progress review visits every 12 weeks.  These reviews will take the form of a three-way meeting between our Assessor, the Apprentice and their Mentor/Manager on site.  The purpose of these meetings is to check that everyone is happy and that the apprenticeship training is progressing well.

There will also be, at times, a requirement for external verification, assessment, compliance and quality assurance.  In some instances, a 3rd party may request access, any access will be discussed and arranged in advance.

Learner Journey

The first time an Assessor visits they will run through an induction to the qualification and will explain how work is submitted, marked and completed.  They will also begin the development of an individual learning plan.

Continuing assessment and learning support will result in the compilation of a portfolio consisting of observations, discussion reports and statements.  The Assessor will work with, and guide, the Apprentice through this learning journey.

Along with the Assessor observations, the Apprentice will be required to regularly complete independent online work and submit it for marking.

At any point during the apprenticeship the Apprentice will be able to view their progress and see the percentage of work completed/outstanding.

Throughout the training, each portfolio will be quality checked to ensure consistency of marking.  This is necessary to meet the requirements of the qualification awarding body and to keep the standards and quality of training at the highest level.

At the end of the qualification the Apprentice will be issued with a certificate.  There will also be the opportunity to discuss possible progression routes and identify any other qualifications that they may benefit from.