Apprenticeship Reforms – the next challenges

Apprenticeship Reforms – 2018, the next challenges – 1.  bring SME’s back to Apprenticeships and 2.  Save our Level 2 IT Technical Apprenticeship #Apprenticeships #Essex #Post16 #ITApprenticeships

Apprenticeship_Employers_BadgeHere at ITEC, our aim during 2018 is to bring SME’s back into Apprenticeships.  The new IT and Business Administration Standards Apprenticeships were written by employer panels made up of large employers and, as such, favour the types of jobs available in large corporations.

Jobs in large companies are usually made up of a high volume of work in the same discipline.   But what of the variety of jobs in small employers?   As many people who have worked for small organisations know, you need to be multi-tasking most of the time as there is a smaller volume of work in each discipline and a greater number of disciplines making up your day.

So, can the standards work in this environment?   ITEC’s day release training programme covers all aspects of the standard so the technical skills and knowledge development requirements are covered.  We also have workshops available through the year to develop the wider personal skills, e.g. time management, communication, project management, etc.

There are Gateway qualifications on the way to End Point Assessment (EPA) which may be professional vendor qualifications such as CompTIA’s Network+ or Microsoft Office Specialist, or may be approved qualifications from City & Guilds or BCS.

EPA is taken at the end of the Apprenticeship and is made up of a synoptic project to test skills, a knowledge test, a summative portfolio and an interview by an external assessor.  The EPA will be graded too, so apprentices now have the opportunity to attain a ‘Distinction’.   Where the job may not provide evidence for the whole of the standard, we have some skills competitions and job swaps planned to enable our apprentices to demonstrate their acquired skills.

At the moment, the Standards Apprenticeships are only available at level 3 and above, which is disappointing for our school leavers going into their first jobs.  As the apprenticeship is End Point, it is unlikely that the job will be at level 3 to begin with and, if a level 2 standard is not forthcoming, this will prove to be a barrier to apprenticeships for these young people.

CompTIA logoLevel 2 frameworks continue to be available at the present time and this may well be the case until 2020.   Our level 2 IT Technical apprenticeship is available for all new starts and includes the CompTIA A+ and 2 Microsoft MTA awards (Networking Fundamentals and Server Admin.   Historically, this has proven to be an excellent starting vehicle for young people wanting to go into an IT professional career and our SME’s feel this is a good fit as a starting point for their recruitment and development needs.

Can we get some smaller employers together to write the level 2 standard as an employer group?  Mmmm, let’s see what we can do!  If you’re interested in helping, get in touch and Save our Level 2 Apprenticeships. #Saveourapprenticeships #saveourlevel2apprenticeship

So, whether you are a small to medium non-levy paying employer or whether you are a large levy paying employer, ITEC can assist with your IT and Business Apprenticeship requirements.   Toni Marshall is on hand to help with recruitment, initial assessment and sign-up of your apprentice.  Call her on 01268 286929 or email   Our team of delivery specialists can assist with training course content, matching job specifications to the apprenticeship standards and planning the apprenticeship journey.   Our training schedule for the first half of 2018 is available and our delivery team are ready to deliver their technical courses to your apprentices.

Huawei INANew for 2018 – ITEC Learning Technologies has the first Huawei-approved trainer in the UK.  Our Huawei training academy is now open for other schools and colleges to train their IT trainers paid for by Huawei.  Contact Kirk Redhead on 01268 286929 or email for further details.  Hurry, the free of charge training from Huawei is for a limited period.




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