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Apprenticeship quality in England - assessment, inspection and meeting the new standards

Morning, Wednesday, 20th May 2020



***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine the priorities for quality assurance in apprenticeship provision in England, looking at:

  • Implementation of the new apprenticeship standards;
  • Route Reviews of apprenticeship standards;
  • Use of end-point assessments; and
  • The new inspection framework and the wider role of regulators.

Areas for discussion:

  • Implementation of the new employer-designed apprenticeship standards;
  • The standards frameworks - design, and using them to support increases in apprenticeship quality;
  • Apprenticeship curriculums developing them to match the skill-driven standards and improve the quality;
  • What can be learnt from route reviews;
  • Employer and training provider responsibilities;
  • Off-site training - how the 20% requirement can be supported and enforced, and issues such as cost of travel;
  • End Point Assessment Organisations (EPAO) - effectiveness, how they are adapting to changes, cost issues, and confidence in the provider register for employers and apprentices;
  • The new inspection framework - implementation, how providers are adapting to it, and the impact it has had so far on standards.

The agenda:

  • Priorities for the Apprenticeship programme;
  • Improving the assessment of apprenticeships;
  • Developing end-point assessments - ensuring effective delivery, identifying the most suitable form of assessment, and establishing coherent progression pathways;
  • Inspection of apprenticeships and the impact of the new Education Inspection Framework;
  • Meeting the new standards for apprenticeships - ensuring effective design, putting them into practice, and the provision of off-site training; and
  • Apprenticeship standard reviews and policy priorities for ensuring quality.

Developments that are relevant to the discussion

It takes place with:

  • employer-designed apprenticeship standards being brought in across different apprenticeship subjects with the aim of complete transition to the new ‘higher quality’ standards by August 2020,
  • the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) concluding their fourth Route Review of apprenticeship standards, looking at Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care,
  • recommendations from two further content reviews expected soon, and as the IfATE  examines the technical provision for Engineering and Manufacturing, with reporting due by early 2021,
  • publication due of the IfATE’s External Quality Assurance (EQA) framework for apprenticeship end-point assessments,
  • withdrawal of funding by the Government for apprenticeships with standards that do not have an End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) to deliver the EPA,
  • ESFA consulting on how to control the volume and value of provision that can be subcontracted by a prime provider in order to maintain quality of provision, and
  • increased focus in the new framework on the ‘substance of education’ - and Ofsted looking more closely at whether apprenticeships are meeting local needs, as well as flexibility and rationale.

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stake holders.

It’s certainly the case with this one. Places have been reserved by officials from the Cabinet OfficeDepartment for EducationDepartment for International TradeDepartment for TransportDWPGovernment Legal DepartmentHer Majesty's Prison and Probation ServiceHer Majesty’s Prison and Probation ServiceHM Revenue & CustomsHM TreasuryMinistry of DefenceRIAAC and the Valuation Office Agency.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish
  • opportunities for delegate questions and comments
  • a permanent record of the proceedings will be made available to all delegates afterwards, including a recording of the addresses, all slides that have been made available, and further materials

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Claire Gill

Associate Director, Ofqual

Keynote Speakers

Claire Gill

Associate Director, Ofqual

Nikki Christie

Deputy Director, Apprenticeship Assessment and Quality, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Paul Cocker HMI

Further Education and Skills, Ofsted


Baroness Neville-Rolfe

Member, House of Lords European Union Select Committee and Member, House of Lords European Union Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

Lord Watson of Invergowrie

Shadow Spokesperson for Education


Ian Pryce

Chief Executive, The Bedford College Group

Anthony Impey

Chair, Skills and Apprenticeships Policy Board, FSB

Rosalind McKenzie

Head of Apprenticeship Training, PA Training

Emily Hughes

Independent End-Point Assessor, Various EPAOs, and Partnerships Development Manager, Bishop Grosseteste University

Rohini Bhattacharya

Director of Apprenticeships, Pearson

Victoria Purtill

Director, Authorisation and Supervision, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

Mark Dawe

Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers Apprentice