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