•An apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector.  It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge, real practical experience and wider skills required for their immediate job and future career.  These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practise new skills in a work context.

An apprenticeship is a real job.

Ofsted are required to make a judgement about the quality of the overall experience of the apprentice, and the progress made in their learning, and the impact on the employer’s business.

For an overall good judgement, they must judge that the majority of apprentices are making good progress due to the high quality of the provision.  This includes looking at the quality of the leadership and management of the provision, and the quality of the delivery of the curriculum, as well as overall outcomes.

Inspectors will consider how well:-

•apprenticeships are planned and managed and fully meet the principles and requirements of an apprenticeship.

•the provider’s staff engage with employers to plan the training, assessments, review points and milestones throughout, agree any additional qualifications to be included, if any, and monitor and support apprentices to progress quickly, gain new skills and achieve to their full potential.

•trainers, assessors, coaches and mentors communicate up-to-date vocational and technical subject knowledge that reflects the expected industry practice and meets employers’ needs and apprentices acquire that knowledge effectively.

•apprentices develop the skills and behaviours, including English, mathematics and digital skills, that enable them to meet expectations, contribute to their workplace and fulfil their career aims.

•apprentices complete their apprenticeship successfully, progress to their intended job role or other sustained employment, get promoted or, where appropriate, move to a higher level of apprenticeship or qualification.

apprentices contribute to their employer’s business.

•Inspectors will also consider whether or not arrangements for safeguarding learners are effective.

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