All apprenticeship frameworks are required to include coverage of the 9 national outcomes in relation to Employee Responsibilities and Rights (ERR). 

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Every apprentice is required to demonstrate that they know and understand areas such as:

  • employer and employee statutory rights and responsibilities under employment law
  • apprentices’ rights and responsibilities under the Disability Discrimination Act
  • relevant equalities legislation
  • health and safety
  • employer’s duties and responsibilities.

With the introduction of the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) and the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for Wales (SASW), Apprenticeship providers are now required to deliver ERR as part of any Apprenticeship programme.

How is ERR assessed?

Each framework developer is required to set out their individual requirements for how ERR is to be evidenced. Examples include completion of a specific qualification or workbook.

ERR must be formally assessed. However, there is flexibility for the SSC/B to determine the method of assessment and whether it should be accredited. ERR must be explicitly identified and clearly signposted within the Apprenticeship framework. If the SSC/B is not suggesting an accredited route, this is an ideal opportunity to award credit using the BTEC Award in Effective Learning and Employment.

Generally, SSC/Bs have used one of the following approaches to cover the ERR requirement:

  • produced a non-accredited workbook (for example, Skills CFA have incorporated a workbook in the BTEC Apprenticeship Assessment Workbook for Customer Service)

  • covered ERR with a separate qualification (for example Skills Active – Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning)

  • covered ERR with a separate mandatory unit for all apprentices (for example People1st within all the NVQs across the Hospitality sector)

  • incorporated ERR in the existing Apprenticeship qualifications (for example Skillsmart Retail within the Retail Knowledge qualifications).

The mode of assessment for ERR will be spelt out in the relevant SSC/B’s Apprenticeship framework documentation.

The online ERR unit

Our range of online learning and assessment support materials provides an engaging and innovative method to formally deliver the ERR component of a BTEC Apprenticeship.

The online materials cover the entire specification of our unique Level 2 “Understanding Employment Responsibilities and Rights”, which has been accredited as part of the BTEC WorkSkills for Apprenticeships Award, Extended Award and Certificate.

We provide a range of activities to help your learners deepen their understanding of ERR in different environments, and to enable them to gather sufficient evidence for their portfolios. This means the nature of the assessment is preserved, and it is still internally assessed.

The online unit also reflects the existing qualification structure, and is made up of a number of learning outcomes, each of which comprises a number of assessment criteria.
 

Any centre registered to offer one of our Level 2 Apprenticeships can use the online unit to support their teaching on Employment Responsibilities and Rights. The online unit would be of greatest benefit to centres who are not following sector-specific guidance in ERR.

These centres can still use the online materials if they wish.

The key benefits of using the online unit are:

  • Modular structure: The unit is divided into four modules, each made up of a number of sections, each comprising 20 to 30 minutes of study.

  • Supports flexible learning: It is designed for either self-directed or teacher-directed learning.

  • Supports active learning: Each section contains a number of practical tasks with instructions on how to complete them.

  • Facilitates construction of portfolios: Once the activities are completed, they can form part of the learner portfolio. At the end of each section there is a checklist which can serve to remind learners of what activities they need to complete to meet the relevant assessment criteria. At the end of each module there are also assessment questions and tasks which aim to reinforce the knowledge acquired during the module.

  • Immediate feedback to closed questions: There are a number of questions that allow learners to check their understanding by receiving immediate feedback.

The online ERR learning materials are included in the price of your Level 2 Apprenticeship registration.

Yes, you can. The onscreen unit covers all learning outcomes and directs learners to create sufficient evidence to meet all assessment criteria.

Yes, you can. Due to its modular structure you can choose to incorporate only certain sections or activities into your existing teaching/learning practice.

The unit is not sector-specific. Instead, it contains examples and scenarios from a number of sectors, such as Hairdressing or Construction, which illustrate key concepts. Learners are then guided on how to undertake activities that are specific to their own work environment and sector.

A reasonable degree of computer and web proficiency is needed to use the online resource; however, we’ve aimed to make it easy and intuitive to use.

You’ll need to have access to a networked computer with an internet browser installed. We recommend using Internet Explorer version 7 and above. In addition, you will need to have Adobe Flash player installed on your computer, minimum version 10. You can download Adobe Flash player here.

Before a centre can log in, a representative from the centre needs to complete a simple registration form. You’ll find the link to the registration form on the ERR centre login page. The Quality Nominee/BTEC Apprenticeship contact at your centre should have received the centre registration code that you’ll need.

If your centre has been approved after September 2011, the centre registration code will be included in your approval letter. 

A learner can register by visiting the ERR learner login page. There’s a link to the learner registration page from the main page.

If you are having difficulties with one of our domain addresses, please try one of the following links:

ERR centre login page

ERR learner login page.

Each trainer will be able to create a learner registration code, which all learners will need to be able to register. The trainer will also be able to view how many learners have registered and reset their password if a learner has forgotten it.
 

Only centres who have learners registered on one of our BTEC Apprenticeship programmes may access the materials, so registration for learner and trainer accounts require different codes. The centre registration code is obtained from your Quality Nominee/BTEC Apprenticeship contact. The learner registration code is created by the trainer and is trainer-specific.

Your Quality Nominee/BTEC Apprenticeship contact will be able to provide you with this. Alternatively, if your centre has been approved after September 2011, the centre registration code will be included in your approval letter.  

To be able to create or change a learner registration code, you first need to have registered on the ERR centre login page, then click on the 'Reg Code' link and follow the instructions on the screen.

To use the online unit, visit the ERR learner login page.

Your learners will need to complete a simple registration form, available from the above link, to be able to use the online materials. They will need the learner registration code created when the trainer registered. Trainers can also register as learners using the above link to be able to view the online materials.

The main contents page shows each page contained within the unit. All pages are initially shown as white circles. When the circle turns grey, this indicates that the page has been covered. Each time you log in you will be able to see which pages and sections you have covered from the main contents page.

This is very individual and will differ for each learner. As a guide, there are 16 sections across all four modules of the unit. Each section takes about 10 to 20 minutes to complete.

Yes, you can view all learners registered onto the online unit and delete the account of individual learners from the 'Learners' option in the main centre page.