**Apprenticeship Workforce Development Programme: Survey of Training Needs** INVITATION TO COMPLETE

**Apprenticeship Workforce Development Programme: Survey of Training Needs** INVITATION TO COMPLETE

As of the 14th of November a major training needs analysis SURVEY is being launched, giving those involved in the delivery of apprenticeships the opportunity to shape the support they will be offered through the Apprenticeship Workforce Development (AWD) programme. Funded by the Department for Education (DfE), the AWD programme is being delivered by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) in partnership with the Association of Colleges (AoC), Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), Strategic Development Network (SDN), and the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC), supported by SQW as an independent evaluation partner.

The DfE-funded AWD programme initially launched in 2021 to support staff at all levels and roles delivering apprenticeships across Further and Higher Education settings. This second phase of the programme extends support to employers involved in apprenticeship delivery. It has been commissioned as a key part of the DfE’s strategy to drive quality improvement across apprenticeships.  

The continuous professional development (CPD) offered through the AWD programme is being developed in partnership with the sector to ensure its training needs are met. From today, apprenticeship providers, managers/leaders, teaching/training staff, employers, and apprentices are invited to share their views on training needs by completing the newly launched SURVEY. Survey participants, and others from across the sector, will also be invited to participate in focus groups as a further opportunity to share their specific training needs, insights, and experiences to help shape the AWD offer.

Based on the insights gained, a comprehensive package of industry-relevant CPD will be developed for apprenticeship providers, employers, and their workforces. This CPD will enable the delivery of high-quality teaching and training that equips apprentices with the knowledge, skills, and behaviours required for occupational competence. 

UVAC Guidance

Working with the sector to shape this programme, and to determine how this significant investment in the workforce is spent, will help tackle current challenges including apprentice retention and raising achievement rates. 

Completing this survey will support the creation of a programme of practitioner, leadership and governance and apprenticeship workforce development that is of most value to our sector. As well as completing it yourself, please encourage ALL colleagues involved in delivering every part of the apprenticeship programme/journey to complete the SURVEY online too. 

Having an analysis of training and CPD need for those involved in delivering, planning and developing apprenticeships will allow us to gather the right information to inform the design and development of the programme of support that speaks to the purpose of apprenticeships.

Survey participants, and others from across the sector, will also be invited to participate in focus groups facilitated by UVAC as a further opportunity to share their specific training needs, insights, and experiences to help shape the AWD offer.

UVAC is delighted that this new phase of the Apprenticeship Workforce Development Programme will be available for all providers and cover all levels of delivery. The separate strand for Higher and Degree Apprenticeship is especially welcome to higher education institutions (HEIs) and most other strands that are focused on aspects of the quality of provision such as employer engagement, use of digital technology and aspects of inclusion and diversity will be of value to HEIs too. Higher education is a key player in the apprenticeship system to deliver the skills individuals and employers need and has a track record of working with employers and professional bodies to create programmes that develop and recognise the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to be professionally competent.

Based on the insights gained, a comprehensive package of industry-relevant CPD will be developed for apprenticeship providers, employers, and their workforces. This CPD will enable the delivery of high-quality teaching and training that equips apprentices with the knowledge, skills, and behaviours required for occupational competence.
Working with the sector to shape this programme, and to determine how this significant investment in the workforce is spent, will help tackle current challenges including apprentice retention and raising achievement rates.

For further information or discussion contact [email protected] or [email protected].

The link to the survey is HERE. Please complete by cop Friday, 25 November.

Cerian Ayres, National Head of Technical Education at the Education and Training Foundation, said: “We are pleased to collaborate with our partners in launching this training needs analysis survey, which is a vital opportunity for the sector to take ownership of the new phase of the Apprenticeship Workforce Development programme and to shape the design and delivery of training and resources. Apprenticeships are key to developing a highly skilled workforce to address the technical skills gap and to enable economic growth. Apprenticeships improve social mobility, enabling individuals to secure decent skilled work, and businesses and communities to thrive. The ETF and its partners are committed to providing the training and resources the sector needs to deliver the best experience and positive outcomes for apprentices.”

On the launch of the next phase of the Apprenticeship Workforce Development programme, Peter Mucklow, Director of Apprenticeships at the Department for Education said: ‘I am very pleased to see the launch of this next phase of the workforce development programme. Through this tailored programme of professional development, providers and employers will have access to high quality training, in areas that it is most needed’.