The move away from a qualification based Framework for Apprenticeships to the new Employer Led Standards approach was a significant change. These new apprenticeship Standards 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 focused 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, is managed and delivered by our team of Learning and Development Coaches.

All Watertrain Learning and Development Coaches have either obtained or are working towards, their Level 3 Award in Education and Training and their Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Working Environment.