The educational sector has had to quickly adapt to the ‘new normal’ during the recent months, particularly as learning has moved from traditional, classroom-based to online learning. Apprenticeships in particular have seen a decline; many businesses have had to furlough their staff, and training is an extra cost they can’t afford at the moment.
We have seen a substantial increase in the number of organisations choosing to enrol and induct learners remotely so they can start their learning journey. At Brooks and Kirk, we have always prided ourselves in providing a blended learning environment. This is where a large proportion of the learning occurs online, and a small part is carried out face-to-face.
EPA Plus are one of the largest providers of End-Point Assessment in England. They have been working tirelessly to keep EPAs both accessible for apprentices and on track. Remote invigilators is one of the main ways in which they have allowed assessments to continue to take place remotely.
They have also been providing weekly ‘check-in’ webinars to give learners updates on apprenticeship assessment flexibilities. With the situation changing on a regular basis, it is important that as an Assessor you stay up to date with the latest apprenticeship changes. Keep an eye out on our news page for the latest updates as they come in.
For any of you worrying about whether there will be a distinct lack of apprentices, try not to panic. The Government has realised that apprentices need help in order to secure full time jobs after this pandemic. They’re pumping billions of pounds into the sector.
As well as the Kickstart Scheme to encourage employers to take on young people, they are also giving businesses £2000 for each apprentice they hire under the age of 25. This is on top of the existing £1000 payment provided to 16-18 year old apprenticeships. What a great incentive for all business owners!
The Future Is Bright
We are going through tough times for everyone, including employers, apprentices and training providers. As part of the Government’s efforts to respond to the impact of COVID-19, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) are also implementing measures to help. Adding flexibilities means apprentices can continue with their course and complete it in a different way if they need to. Or by providing the option to pause their apprenticeship and resume it at a later stage when possible.
High-quality apprenticeships are going to be the foundation of getting the economy back up and running again. This is why the Government is so heavily invested in the education sector. They are committed to working with employers, training providers and End-Point Assessment Organisations in order to minimise the disruption to apprenticeships.
Now is a better time than ever to start training to become an Assessor. Without a doubt, there is going to be a surge of apprentices looking to complete their apprenticeships. If you would like more information about the Assessor qualifications that we provide, please give our team a call on 01205 805 155 or email email@example.com.