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New Employability Apprenticeship Standards on the Horizon

05 June 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Ette
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New Employability Apprenticeship Standards on the Horizon

The Terms of Reference for the Employability Apprenticeship Trailblazer were agreed at the Employer Development Group’s meeting earlier this month chaired by IEP and attended by AELP, Working Links, Seetec, Salvation Army, WorkPath, Pluss, G4S, Reed in Partnership, Remploy and Serco. Many other organisations have supported so far but were absent due to work going on around the Work and Health Programme.

The initial focus for the Group will be to develop the standards for Level 3 and Level 4 ‘Case Manager Employment and Skills Support Practitioner’ (please note this is a working title) with other standards at other levels being anticipated at a later date.

Alongside the Standards the group will develop an assessment plan and be responsible for the overall direction of the project.

The purpose of the Group is:

  • To agree a project plan for the development of the Apprenticeship Standard for both Level 3 and Level 4 Case Manager (Employment and Skills Support) Practitioner
  • To advise on any risks and issues that will impact upon the project
  • To ensure that relevant policy considerations are taken into account throughout the course of the project
  • To monitor progress with the project and recommend any changes needed to ensure that the outputs are delivered on time and to an acceptable quality
  • To provide advice and guidance on all aspects of the project
  • To provide guidance around consultation with an appropriate range of stakeholders
  • To agree a joint communications plan

The role of the IEP will be to chair the Employer Development Group on behalf of the Lead Employer), provide a secretariat role for the group, liaise with the DfE Employer Relationship Manager, develop and implement a Communications Strategy and support the development of a pool of providers of training and assessment who are ready to provide ‘End Point Assessments’.

IEP Chair Scott Parkin FIEP said “There are some really exciting discussions taking place around the development of these standards, it’s so important to have the right people around the table and support is growing at every meeting. The ideas and input from the group’s representatives will ensure that people with a range of skills and competencies are able to benefit and that the Standard takes into consideration all of the core qualities that are needed to create and develop standards of real quality that are fitting for our profession.”

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 20th June in Birmingham.

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