State of the Nation

Our first policy update of the new membership year is on Friday, 7th October 2022 at 12noon. Join the UVAC team for a run down of all the policy and practice issues now affecting higher technical education and skills including apprenticeships. We have a new P.M., a new Secretary of State for Education (the fourth to fill the role this year alone) and possibly new Ministers of skills so this is the time to restate and keep on stating our position on the role of universities in skills and work-based training. Registration can be made HERE. We are being joined by RCU Analytics who will be demonstrating the type of work they are doing with universities including benchmark data for skill programmes to assist with planning, developing and diversifying provision. RCU have recently joined UVAC as a corporate supporter and will be exhibiting at this years UVAC national conference.

Embedding an Apprenticeship Lead Role in Schools

As our programmes grow and become more complex, universities are increasingly embedding apprenticeship expertise and accountability into faculties schools, creating academic leads or non-teaching role leads to deliver compliance and quality and support the apprenticeship hub. This session will explore the role of the school apprenticeship lead and learn from universities with this role in place how to successfully devolve accountabilities. Members Only - You will need a login to access the booking page.

Preparing for the DQB External Quality Assurance Assessment Workshop

This workshop session explores the early lessons learned by the first batch of universities to participate in the new EQA process led Readiness Review ‘by the Designated Quality Body. During this session we will explain the process in detail and will hear from universities who have been part of this early implementation. This workshop will cover how the process works in detail, emerging common areas of concern and hear practical tips and actions to support preparation. It is designed to be a participative session with time for questions and discussion. Members Only - You will need a login to access the booking page.

Degree Apprenticeship Knowledge Network – Higher Technical Qualifications

The government has committed to growing high quality Level 4/5 provision to address skills shortages and employer demand. In England this includes a commitment to developing Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) in terms of provision (courses), recruitment (student numbers) and funding (through the LLE). As the English higher and further education sectors begin to recruit to HTQs in earnest, UVAC is launching a support network for providers engaged in (or planning) HTQ delivery, to foster and build the significant and growing knowledge base within our membership. The network will offer up a collegial space for the sharing of experience, expertise and best practice through peer-to-peer discussion, workshops, briefings and other network-driven activities. Email [email protected] to register

Product briefing webinar: Introducing Aptem Commercial

On Tuesday November 22, 11am–12pm, we’re hosting a special edition product briefing ​webinar to introduce Aptem Commercial and walk you ​through how it enables you to: ​Register here The session will introduce the product and walk you through how it enables you to: ✓ Better promote your commercial training, CPD and short courses to learners. ✓ Design branded, bespoke homepages and course collections for each employer, including custom price lists. ✓ Monetise and promote add‑on services such as accommodation and parking. ✓ Monitor bookings, enrolment, attendance and completion to maximise revenue and support proactive capacity planning. ✓ Materially reduce administration time by automating basic processes. ✓ Better understand the value of your commercial offering. ✓ Connect to other systems, using either a simple data export or Aptem’s open API. Register to join the webinar and be the first to see Aptem Commercial

Good Practice Teaching in an Apprenticeship – Advice for Tutors and Module Leaders

This session is aimed at module leaders and tutors who deliver face to face or online learning during an apprenticeship. We will explore feedback from Ofsted Inspectors and observations from peer reviews, setting out good practice in delivering an apprenticeship taught session, and how to avoid the most common pitfalls. This session will be particularly useful for tutors who are new to apprenticeship delivery or for those who have not yet participated in an Ofsted inspection or undertaken any apprenticeship specific training. It is designed to be a participative session with time for questions and discussion. Members Only - You will need a login to access the booking page.

A Guide to Working with PDSAT/FMRs and Running an Internal Audit

This session is a deep dive practical workshop exploring the use of PDSAT and the funding monitoring reports, run jointly between UVAC and Karl Bentley at RSM. This workshop will look in depth at how to use both tools, and through some typical scenarios will explore how to address the issues identified. The second part of the session will explore how to set up and run an internal audit and develop an effective annual audit cycle. Members Only - You will need a login to access the booking page.

Good Practice Tripartite Progress Reviews – Advice for Review Leads

This session has been developed for staff with responsibility for delivering tripartite progress reviews. We will explore the cycle of reviews and learn from members how they have integrated the fourth session in the now 12 weeks cycle across the apprenticeship. We will also explore how to ensure that content and structure deliver substantial and significant progress for Ofsted and look at the most common good practice & issues observed during peer and Ofsted observations. This session will include a suggested topic calendar for reviews to incorporate core apprenticeship curriculum topics and an updated tripartite review structure. Members Only - You will need a login to access the booking page.

Implementing the Apprenticeship Accountability Framework

This session brings us up to date with the ESFA accountability framework and shares how we need to respond to the framework by amending or updating key performance indicators, tracking and governance. We will hear from universities about how they have amended their processes and how this has been embedded in day-to-day action. Members Only - You will need a login to access the booking page.

Apprenticeship Workforce Development (AWD) Programme – Webinar in #NAW2023

Starting this summer, a new programme of CPD and support will be made freely available to all those delivering apprenticeships, building on the existing Apprenticeship Workforce Development (AWD) offer. It’s part of the government’s long-term investment in the apprenticeship workforce – helping staff in all roles and settings to improve the quality of training for apprentices and employers.  During this 45-minute webinar session – open to all those involved in the delivery of apprenticeships – we’ll:  Explore the top challenges and opportunities for apprenticeship providers  Share insights from our sector-wide survey on the CPD needs of the sector  Hear from Chris Fairclough – Curriculum lead at Lakes College and ETF & Royal Commission Technical Teaching Fellow – about the lessons learnt and successes of their apprenticeship journey Highlight CPD coming down the track for staff across your organisation, and the support already available  Respond to any questions you may have  The webinar will take place as part of #NAW2023 on Friday 10 February (1.00-1.45pm)  Register your place HERE and feel free to share this invitation with colleagues.