Apprenticeships Events and webinars
Pearson’s Insight webinar series offers a helping hand to HR, learning and development and finance professionals trying to implement an apprenticeship programme within their organisation. If you have a levy to reclaim, book on to a live event now or take a look at our archive for insight into the key transition issues.
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Insight webinar #18 - An employer guide to end-point assessment
Thursday 29 November, 12:00 - 1:00pm.
End-point assessment (EPA) is one of the key quality measures introduced with the roll-out of new apprenticeships. With apprentices only now starting to undertake assessments there’s still a lot for employers to learn about the key role they play in EPA. One thing is clear: EPA can’t just be an afterthought to programme planning and delivery, it needs to be considered from day one.
This webinar will take you through what EPA is and how it works, the role employers should play and how to work with an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) to plan and deliver effective assessments.
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#17 - Apprenticeships for existing employees
A common misconception around apprenticeships is that they are for young people at the start of a career, but increasingly they’re being used by employers to provide professional development opportunities to existing employees. Employee career progression is core to most workforce strategies and apprenticeships are an ideal complement to this, through structured and highly-regarded programmes of learning. If you are just getting started with apprenticeships or looking to develop your programmes further, existing employees are candidates well worth considering for your levy fund investment.
In this webinar you'll hear from those who believe in the value of apprenticeships for existing employees, from the senior decision-makers to the apprentices themselves, and get an insight into their experiences and recommendations in this area.
#16 - Selecting and working with training providers
Finding the right training provider to deliver your apprentices’ off-the-job learning and building a valuable long-term relationship with them is vital to the success of your programme. For this webinar we were joined by apprenticeship training providers The Open University and Babington to look at ways to identify training providers to meet your needs and how to work with, including the key success factors involved in a fruitful and long-lasting relationship.
#15 - Recruiting apprentices
Attracting compatible talent is key to any successful apprenticeship programme. Featuring the perspectives of apprentice recruitment experts from global accountancy firm BDO and training provider Babington, we looked at the different recruitment models (training provider-led, direct), attraction sources, assessment centres, and selection criteria, comparing apprentices to graduate and other early-stage recruitment.
We also cover another - perhaps unexpected - source: your existing colleagues.
#14 - Supporting apprentices
The support you put in place for apprentices is crucial to them thriving in their role, developing professionally and successfully completing their apprenticeship. Wherever your organisation is in their apprenticeships journey, you will need to consider how you will ensure your apprentices get the right support; from induction, mentoring and coaching to managing 20% off-the-job training time and preparing for end-point assessment.
This webinar draws on the experiences of line managers and apprentices to provide real-life perspectives and examples, helping you understand what supporting apprentices looks like in practice.
#13 - Making 20% off-the-job work
As set out in the government’s 2015 apprenticeships vision, the requirement for at least 20% off-the-job training to be undertaken by apprentices is one of the core principles underpinning a quality apprenticeship. Yet building this requirement into apprenticeship design and balancing it against business needs is a common and sometimes frustrating challenge for employers.
This webinar sheds light on how employers and training providers are approaching the requirement in practice and what exactly it means for delivery. Through the experiences and recommendations of our expert panel you will take away ideas for how to make 20% off-the-job work for you.
#12- Apprenticeships Finance 101
The first major milestone of the new apprenticeships era is passing: a year from the introduction of the levy. This also means we are now in the crucial 12-month period to May 2019, when unclaimed levy funding will start to be lost; something employers will want to avoid. Getting to grips with apprenticeships finance is a major step in the right direction. This webinar provides the lowdown to anyone involved in apprenticeships finance and spending, from using the DAS and transfers of funds to forecasting levy funding and what you can and can’t spend it on.
Delivered by key members of Pearson’s apprenticeships team - Anne Ashworth, Head of Pearson Employee Apprenticeships, and Beth Briscoe, Employment Tax Manager - this webinar is the 101 guide to apprenticeships finance you need to using your levy funding.
#11 - From stars into super stars - the growing role of higher and degree apprenticeships
Apprenticeships are not just for entry-level positions. Increasingly organisations are turning to higher and degree apprenticeships as a way of growing talent and fostering loyalty.
Using a case study approach, and featuring real life apprentice, HR and line manager voices, this webinar will outline the benefits and challenges of the degree apprenticeship route.
You learn how higher-level apprenticeships can be used to progress existing employees, or recruit talent into roles previously filled by graduates or experienced hires and what best practice advice is available to help you to set up your own programme.
#10 - Designing an Apprenticeship programme from square one
New to apprenticeships? Scaling up an existing programme in response to the levy?
Drawing on the experience of levy-paying employers, event #10 in our Insight series will run-through the process of programme design from square one. From organisational needs analysis through to execution and transferring to business-as-usual, we’ll provide you with a simple and easy-to-follow framework you can adapt for your organisation’s unique requirements.
If you’re new to apprenticeships, new to your organisation, or looking to support your clients as they clarify their needs, check out this webinar.
#9 - Reclaiming your levy from the Digital Apprenticeship Service
If you're a levy-paying employer looking to implement your apprenticeship programme, this event offers a step-by-step guide to configuring your DAS account, including: PAYE systems, subcontractors, monthly operational payments.
Based on the actual experience of a levy-payer, and presented by the Learning and Development and Finance leads, this is an invaluable guide for any organisation.
#8 - Opportunities for employers in the new standards
While the apprenticeships reform has focused on the levy, the move to employer-designed programmes and increased influence brought about by funding changes leaves your organisation with a range of options.
Together with our guest contributor, Pippa Morgan of the CBI, we discuss how organisations are preparing for the introduction of the apprenticeships levy and employer contributions for SMEs, how approaches to recruitment are evolving, and how organisations are selecting their delivery partners.
#7 - End-point Assessment:
from theory into practice
This webinar discusses one of the biggest changes in the new Apprenticeships - end point assessment (EPA).
Our expert speakers provide you with an overview of EPA, what is involved and some specific examples of standards and assessment models to enable you to continue to deliver apprenticeships with confidence.
We also cover Pearson's role as a registered assessment organisation for EPA and the steps we're taking to make the new assessment process as seamless as possible for our customers.
#6.2 - Progress towards the new funding regime
April 2017 marks the start of the transition of apprenticeships funding from a provider, to an employee-centric model. Our expert speaker, Sian Owen - will take an in depth look at how funding will work upon implementation of the levy in April, including analysis of recent announcements from the Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency.
The webinar features a recap on what is changing, the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS), the new provider registers, funding bands, and the Institute for Apprenticeships (and Technical Education).
#3 - Targeting and winning employer clients
Reforms to the apprenticeships landscape will have far-reaching impact on learning providers, and place a new emphasis on pitching for business with employer clients.
How will you identify the ideal employers to work with in your area? What are their needs? What's your organisation's value proposition? We'll explore these themes and more, using provider case studies and illustrating only-to-Pearson services that can help you stand out from the competition.
#2 - New standards, new delivery challenges
With the shift from frameworks to standards, design and delivery of apprenticeships programmes is about to undergo a radical change. With programmes now leading towards a summative, end-point assessment, how do you create a programme with the right blend of knowledge and skill learning, behaviour development and competence building, at the right moment in the learner's journey?
This events covers an overview of the challenge facing the sector, the key considerations for a successful transition, and an in-depth look at one of the first new standards: customer service level 2.
#1.2 - New apprenticeships: the story so far
During this event, our expert speakers provide an up to date overview on the changes and developments that have occurred since our first webinar.
We cover the changes to the apprenticeship learning model and its implications , the expanded role of the Institute for Apprenticeships, recent funding developments, overall outlook based on the most recent developments.