One of the emerging challenges from Ofsted feedback in 2021 is the need to present an individual learning plan and demonstrate that the start point of the apprenticeship has been fully considered for each apprentice, particularly with the increasing amount of Deep Dive sessions focussing on individual apprentices. In this session we will consider the tools needed to create an individual learning plan and the actions during application, initial needs assessment, skills scan and onboarding led by the central teams, and then what steps need to be taken by each course team to present a clear starting point for every apprentice. Click HERE to Register


This workshop will focus on latest findings and hints for audit preparation then open the floor to members to bring scenarios and quandaries for discussion and debate with an experienced panel including an auditor or two and some recent audit recipients. The Panel will share their experience and advise on how to manage legacy data gaps, address any issues and how to prepare fully for an audit visit. You will be able to raise issues anonymously at the session or as part of an early survey. Click HERE to Register

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning: Standardisation Project – NETWORK MEETING

  Health Education England (HEE) has commissioned Middlesex University in partnership with the Open University (OU), the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC) and Credit Works to establish standardised approaches for recognising prior learning within the healthcare sector. The project will capitalise on the changing skills policy landscape to promote career progression opportunities for the sector. The aims are to maximise widening participation, levelling-up, diversity, inclusion and social mobility. Once developed, it will be tested and informed by consultation with higher education providers, employers and other key stakeholders. This will then inform the development of a standardised approach to APEL, reflecting practice in other public sector professions. To attend - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8734921016883126541


In this session we will explore latest approaches to costing an apprenticeship and, as we integrate degree apprenticeships, how to effectively cost the end point assessment. We will look at the approaches currently in use, explore the challenges and consider how to ensure that the apprenticeship costings are comprehensive. We will also explore the impact of the INA and how different institutions mange the impact of prior learning on setting price. Click HERE to Register


Our guest speaker this time will be Rob Stroud, Director – Quality Assessment, England at QAA on the approach to EQA of EPA for integrated degree apprenticeships. We have been waiting a very long time to hear about the agreed model including the role of a dedicated external examiner for EPA, so don’t miss this opportunity to hear it directly and for a chance to ask questions. The rest of the UVAC team will be summarising all the relevant policy developments that are informing and impacting on higher education delivering skills training and apprenticeships: from T level progression, higher technical qualifications, short course provision, workforce development needs, degree apprenticeships policy proposals, and access and participation. Click HERE to Register


It has been five years since the launch of apprenticeship standards and degree apprenticeships remains one of the fastest growing apprenticeships. This workshop will explore a range of aspects: • Consider the challenges presented by growing apprenticeships and what this means for investment in resourcing, changes in practice and roles and responsibilities to ensure that quality and compliance are maintained • Review the pitfalls to avoid based on successful practice already in place amongst members • Consider the emerging policy landscape and what this means for growth - from T Levels, Lifelong learning loans, EQA, emerging new standards and wherever government is focussed as we reach the end of the current academic year. Click HERE to Register


This session will explore the latest information about the External Quality Assurance model for Integrated degree apprenticeships and what this will mean for practice, policies, costs and how to prepare now for the impact in 2023. We hope to have speakers from OfS and will be exploring the experience of working with OfQUAL EQA as a backdrop for assessing the challenges and good practice that we need to embed in preparation.   Click HERE to Register

UVAC National Conference 2022

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About this event UVAC’s national conference is an important calendar event that brings together updates on policy and insights to practice in the delivery of higher technical education and skills training including higher and degree apprenticeships. UVAC is the most authoritative voice on all strategic and operational aspects of apprenticeship delivered by HE and is probably of greater significance to the sector now than any other time in the past 20 years given not only the expansion of higher and degree apprenticeships but the renewed emphasis on level 4 and 5 qualifications and given the much bigger emphasis on technical, vocational, education than on more traditional forms of HE delivery. UVAC argues that English apprenticeships are an education and productivity success story. For higher education providers higher and degree apprenticeships offer a significant way to engage with employers to meet their skill needs. In the period post-Covid UVAC expects that HE will have a key role in determining what role apprenticeships and technical, professional education and skills will play in determining skills priorities. The programme coverage of this and our previous conferences, showcasing the achievement and prospects within HE, is testament to the determination and innovation of the sector’s practitioners and researchers working with employers. Our theme this year is: Learning from practice: from digital to design to performance and policy in higher technical and professional education and skills including higher and degree apprenticeships Coverage will include: 1. Updates on how higher and degree apprenticeships and higher technical education support social mobility and contributes to the levelling-up agenda 2. The latest on Ofsted inspection at levels 6 and 7 and impact on quality and learning outcomes in relation to Inspection and audit requirements 3. Opportunities for widening access to relevant provision via adaptations in innovative digital pedagogy and approach to teaching, learning and assessment and how they are good for social mobility perspectives and diversifying workforces 4. Learning from digital adaptations and ongoing application in work-based/work integrated learning in HE, but especially apprenticeships 5. The relevance and reality of recent higher and degree apprenticeship policy including Degree Apprenticeship Policy refresh, the use of credit and recognition of prior learning (RPL), Degree Apprenticeship Growth Fund, impact of the Lifelong Learning/Loan Entitlement policy plans, review of the Levy, reboot of Access and Participation Plans, apprenticeships workforce development, growth in Higher Technical Qualifications and progression from T levels into HE. **Programme may be subject to change** After last year’s success, we are also hosting our second hybrid event with day delegate places and online tickets too. We are delighted that for a second year our headline sponsor is Aptem. Aptem specialises in developing pioneering technology solutions for the vocational training, further education and employment services sectors and an increasing number of universities are using Aptem products to support programme management and ensure quality of provision. To Book - UVAC National Conference 2022 Tickets, Wed 23 Nov 2022 at 09:00 | Eventbrite