Apprenticeship staff support project kicks off in Birmingham

Fourteen successful lead bidders met in Birmingham yesterday to kick off the Association of Employment and Learning Providers’ ‘Apprenticeship Staff Support Programme’ (ASSP).

The programme, commissioned and funded by The Education and Training Foundation, will provide professional development support that will improve the quality and professional capacity of provider staff to deliver effective apprenticeship programmes.

14 organisations have been awarded funding to take their projects forward, each focusing on one or both of the following strands:

  • securing and further developing employer involvement in apprenticeship delivery
  • further improving curriculum development, and teaching, learning and assessment on apprenticeship programmes.

Paul Warner, AELP’s Director of Employment and Skills and Chair of the ASSP Steering Group, said: “In recent months, the government has proposed a number of significant reforms which will ‘fundamentally change the relationship between employers, the government and those who educate and train apprentices’. For providers to respond to this challenge, it is crucial that practitioners and the wider apprenticeship workforce receive the support and resources needed to continually improve engagement with employers and continue to drive up the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.  The Apprenticeship Staff Support Programme seeks to do just that.”

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