Apprenticeship Support Services
Helping Apprenticeship Training Providers deliver their programmes successfully, giving them the best chance of success and avoiding costly mistakes.
As a Further Education professional with over 28 years’ experience in Apprenticeships, Training and Development, Gillian has worked with local, regional and national apprenticeship providers across the UK. She has previously managed apprenticeship provision within a large GFE.
She can offer you a range of support to ensure that you are delivering high quality apprenticeship provision.
What others have to say …………….Gillian’s wealth of knowledge and experience helped us to undertake the journey in an informed way. Just getting our company registered onto the Register of Apprenticeship Providers (RoTAP) was a challenge. Gillian ensured that we had the appropriate policies and procedures in place, which were unfamiliar to us, as a full-cost provider. She also helped us to wade through the jargon and to understand what was required of us at every stage. In addition, Gillian provided excellent training in effective classroom practice to ensure that our delivery model was fit for purpose. Gillian’s support and guidance has been invaluable in helping us to realise our vision of becoming a provider of bespoke and high-quality leadership, management and business apprenticeships.
Chris Andreou, Managing Director of Innersummit Ltd. https://www.innersummit.co.uk
Step 1 : Are You Ready to Deliver?
In this first stage, Gillian will review all aspects of safeguarding, learner recruitment processes, learner induction, curriculum intent and implementation. Your processes and procedures are the foundation of successful apprenticeship delivery and yet, they are often overlooked by providers which affects completion rates.
Across 2-days, Gillian will work with your team (at all levels of the organisation) to share her experience and insight from providers across the UK, review and make recommendations for change on your processes, procedures and documentation to give you the highest chance of a successful start on your programme delivery.
Step 2 : Your First Monitoring Visit
During stage 2, Gillian will work with you to prepare you for that first monitoring visit. To ensure your documentation, processes and staff knowledge are all up to date and to ensure you know what to look for and how best to present your provision. Ofsted inspectors will want to ensure the quality of what you’re doing meets and hopefully exceeds minimum standards, Gillian’s knowledge and experience around this is critical in helping you to succeed at your first monitoring visit.
Step 3 : Keeping Positive Progress
Consistency is key, and to ensure a successful programme delivery, you need to be up to speed with how your delivery is going for your staff and learners and how to identify any challenges on the road ahead.
Gillian can work with your staff (on site or remotely via Skype or telephone call) to help you keep an eye on progress, providing feedback and suggesting changes to your approach to give you the maximum chance of success.
Step 4 : Preparing For Your First Inspection
For new providers the thought of an Ofsted inspection can be daunting and the process, if not prepared for correctly, can be really hard work. The timing of your very first full Ofsted inspection will very much depend on the judgements made within your initial monitoring visit. Providers should expect to receive their full inspection within 24 months of the publication of the report of their monitoring visit. However, where a provider has received one or more ‘insufficient progress’ judgement the full inspection will take place within 6 and 12 months of the publication of the report.
A full review of the quality of your apprenticeship provision (which can be used to inform the writing of the self-assessment report and quality improvement plan) can be undertaken to ensure that you are working towards the implementation of high-quality apprenticeship provision which ensures positive outcomes for new apprentices.
In this final stage, Gillian will work with you for 3-4 days (or longer if required) to cover off all of the critical aspects associated with a full review of your provision. You’ll finish working with Gillian feeling confident, prepared and optimistic about your first, infamous Ofsted inspection.
Avoiding Re-Application is Critical
Bouncing back from an ‘inadequate’ judgement at the initial full inspection is difficult and challenging for new providers. Often new providers just do not realise the significance of certain factors within the requirements of high-quality apprenticeship provision. So, getting the right support from an experienced partner from the beginning means you’ll avoid disappointment and will get it right first time.
Get help, support and advice before Ofsted come to call.
Get ready for Monitoring visits or Ofsted Inspections.