Background

The move away from a qualification based Framework for Apprenticeships to the new Employer Led Standards approach is a significant change. These new Apprenticeships require continuous on-programme assessment and evidence of competent performance, which is then reviewed as part of the End Point Assessment process.

Traditionally, water industry employers would outsource most of the delivery to a specialist training provider and provide work based support (on the job training) as and when required. For the new Employer Led Standards, the training needs to have a greater alignment to the client’s internal working practices, which would add value and achieve greater business benefit through more company process focussed training.

This would be achieved by developing a partnership approach with a training provider that makes best use of the strengths each had to offer. Typically, Watertrain would deliver classroom knowledge, carry out assessment of evidence, manage the qualification process and structured progression through monthly review and action planning. Watertrain would then support the assessment progress by delivering a structured programme of skills development up to the point of recognised competence. This learning journey for both new apprentices and those upskilling, would be coordinated by a Mentor who would rotate the apprentices around a number of Work Place Coaches. These would be suitably enthusiastic and knowledgeable employees who have a recognised high level of expertise in a particular area of the business or process. This would enable a more consistent delivery of training to all participants and promote more proactive engagement by those who are best placed to pass on knowledge of recognised best working practices.

To raise the standard of training and promote engagement of these Work Place Coaches, Watertrain are recommending that they are offered the opportunity to achieve the ILM Level 3 Award or Certificate in Coaching. They will work closely with Watertrain over the duration of the programme as part of an integrated or single team approach to the delivery of the new Standards.