Chris Jones, HMI, Specialist Adviser for Apprenticeships, on Ofsted’s new supplier monitoring visits

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Since April 2017, any supplier wishing to coach apprentices should be included on the register of apprenticeship coaching suppliers. We examine all suppliers that obtain apprenticeship funding from the Schooling & Expertise Funding Company or via the apprenticeship levy and that ship apprenticeships at ranges 2 to five. Quite a few these suppliers at the moment are eligible for inspection for the primary time.

We often examine a brand new supplier inside 3 years of it starting to ship training and coaching programmes. However, due to the massive quantity of those new apprenticeship coaching suppliers and the potential danger to high quality, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, introduced in November 2017 that inspectors would perform early monitoring visits to a pattern of latest apprenticeship suppliers. The Division for Schooling (DfE) has since supplied extra funding to ensure that we’ve the assets to hold out monitoring visits to all these suppliers.

Apprentice hairdresser with a client.

We are going to now be finishing up a monitoring go to to all newly funded apprenticeship coaching suppliers which have been delivering stage 2 to five apprenticeships since April 2017. This go to will usually be inside 24 months of their beginning to ship funded coaching. They are going to then have a full inspection usually inside 24 months from once we publish their monitoring go to report.

By the tip of November 2018, we had printed greater than 90 reviews from monitoring visits to new suppliers.

Themes that inspectors have a look at

Monitoring visits for brand spanking new suppliers are completely different to full and quick inspections. They usually happen over 2 days. Inspectors don’t cowl all points of the inspection framework. Inspectors make progress judgements on 3 themes:

  • Management. How a lot progress have leaders made to make sure that they meet all the necessities of profitable apprenticeship provision?
  • The standard and outcomes of coaching. What progress have leaders and managers made to ensure that apprentices obtain high-quality coaching that results in optimistic outcomes?
  • Safeguarding. How a lot progress have leaders and managers made in guaranteeing that safeguarding preparations are efficient?

Inspectors have a look at a supplier’s capability to ship high-quality coaching. They examine that the supplier understands the necessities to ensure that apprentices prepare in environments that take security and well-being critically.

Young people in a library discussing their books.

Inspectors additionally examine that there are sufficient tutors with the applicable expertise and experience. They are going to wish to see that suppliers have clear plans in place to make sure that they ship the programme efficiently.

Inspectors make a progress judgement on every theme, concentrating on how the themes impression on apprentices. Is the supplier making inadequate, affordable or adequate progress?

Beneath, we clarify these progress judgements and provides some examples of the way during which suppliers are displaying progress – or a scarcity of it – from our printed monitoring go to reviews.

Inadequate progress and the problems

A supplier makes inadequate progress when it takes sluggish or insubstantial motion to assist apprentices to progress. This could also be as a result of, for instance:

  • managers haven’t put the mandatory methods, processes or assets in place in a well timed method to make sure that they ship the programme efficiently
  • apprentices don’t be taught sufficient that’s new past their current data, expertise and behaviours
  • apprentices don’t obtain adequate helpful off-the-job coaching that makes a distinction to their data and experience
  • leaders and managers would not have oversight of the progress that apprentices make
  • there’s a tradition during which workers don’t problem bullying, discrimination or harassment sufficient

Apprentice vet looks at a skunk.

An instance of inadequate progress

On a monitoring go to, inspectors discovered that:

  • leaders and managers didn’t give adequate consideration to apprentices’ prior data, expertise and current {qualifications} when recruiting to the programme
  • leaders and managers didn’t give sufficient consideration to the talents and behaviours that apprentices want to develop, or to their longer-term profession targets
  • too many apprentices have been conducting little greater than accrediting pre-existing data and expertise

Affordable progress

Affordable progress signifies {that a} supplier is:

  • taking actions which can be having a useful impression on apprentices
  • making enhancements which can be sustainable
  • ensuring that the enhancements are primarily based on thorough high quality assurance procedures

An instance of affordable progress

On a monitoring go to, inspectors discovered:

  • a complete recruitment course of that ensures that applicable candidates are recruited as apprentices
  • a rigorous evaluation and interview course of that employers extremely worth
  • managers, trainers and employers working collectively to construction the curriculum in order that apprentices gained the high-level expertise they wanted to work within the related sector
  • trainers who’re very proactive in assessing apprentices’ progress to make sure that on-the-job coaching was efficient; nevertheless, some apprentices made sluggish progress as a result of trainers didn’t monitor the apprentices’ college-based work persistently sufficient
  • that the proportion of apprentices who stay on their programmes was excessive

Vital progress

Vital progress signifies that progress has been speedy and is having a appreciable useful impression on apprentices, enabling them to develop high-level expertise that they apply confidently and independently at work.

An instance of serious progress

On a monitoring go to, inspectors discovered:

  • leaders and managers working extraordinarily carefully with employers to make sure that apprentices get high-quality on- and off-the-job coaching
  • apprentices receiving extremely efficient careers data, recommendation and steering that ensured that they have been on the suitable apprenticeship for them to fulfil their profession targets
  • managers and tutors intervening rapidly and successfully in order that apprentices get again on monitor if they’ve fallen behind
  • every apprentice benefiting from complete coaching plans to realize the data, expertise and behaviours they want

 The safeguarding component

Inspectors wish to see that suppliers’ relationships with employers are efficient and steady and that they’ve processes in place to deal with bullying, harassment and discrimination. Suppliers ought to meet safeguarding expectations and perceive their authorized obligations underneath the ‘Stop’ responsibility. The DfE has printed new steering on the ‘Stop’ responsibility in relation to work-based learners.

Suppliers ought to ensure that each one apprentices are appropriately employed: apprenticeships require apprentices to have a job with common hours. No apprentice ought to be on a zero-hours contract.

What we discovered

From the monitoring visits thus far, we’ve discovered all kinds within the high quality of apprentices’ coaching.

Of the brand new suppliers that had acquired a monitoring go to and had their report printed by 30 November 2018:

  • 20% had not less than one inadequate progress judgement
  • 63% had an inexpensive progress judgement for all 3 themes
  • the remaining suppliers acquired not less than one judgement of serious progress

We design our monitoring visits to examine that suppliers know in regards to the necessities, rules and expectations of high-quality apprenticeships. Inspection goals to ensure that each one apprentices get the high-quality coaching and assist they deserve. We wish to ensure that they develop the data and expertise they want to reach their chosen occupation.

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