Full set of CPD courses to support staff delivering apprenticeships launched

Eight Apprenticeship Workforce Development (AWD) Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses, fully-funded by the Department for Education, are now available to support staff who deliver apprenticeships are now available. The following two courses were launched today:

  • Apprenticeship Leadership: Effective Use of Resources
    This course helps support development and effective use of resources and delivery models, as well as deepening understanding of the apprenticeship review process and inspection readiness.
  • Technical Curriculum Design: Effective Curriculum Design in Practice
    This course covers the practical and theoretical skills needed for designing an effective curriculum to support learners from a range of backgrounds. It explores how to understand the various documentation and systems used, wider skills development, building towards end point assessment, and the difference between various types of apprenticeship content or programme

The AWD offer from the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) provides trainers and leaders with the teaching skills, subject knowledge and confidence needed to deliver successful apprenticeships for the benefit of learners.

Available through the ETF’s Professional Development Platform (PDP), the AWD online CPD is available free of charge and allows trainers and leaders to engage with the training when it is suitable for them.

The two new courses join the six courses launched earlier in January and February:

  • Apprenticeship Leadership: Developing Your Team
  • Assessor to Teacher: Deciding How to Teach
  • Assessor to Teacher: Understanding How We Learn
  • Effective Technical Teaching: Enhancing Pedagogy and Professional Practice
  • Effective Technical Teaching: Preparing for End Point Assessment Success 
  • Technical Curriculum Design: Principles and Models of Curriculum Design

The eight courses are supplemented by a Strategic Leadership and Governance element of the AWD offer launched on 10 February. Led by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and the Association of Colleges (AoC), this element supports Leaders and Governors involved in apprenticeships.

When the AWD offer launched, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills Gillian Keegan, said:

“As set out in our Skills for Jobs White Paper, this comprehensive package of professional development will support training providers to deliver higher quality teaching, curriculum design, preparation for end point assessment and overall apprenticeship management.

“This training offers an authoritative foundation in apprenticeship delivery as we ask for even better quality from our training providers. It will also give even more confidence to employers as they invest in the apprenticeship levy and help to ensure that every apprentice benefits from high-quality management and teaching.”

On the AWD launch, David Russell, Chief Executive of the Education and Training Foundation, said:

“Apprentices will play a vital role in helping our nation and economy recover from some of the biggest global disruptions in recent history that we are currently facing. The ETF is proud to launch our Apprenticeship Workforce Development offer to help more apprentices reach their potential by improving their training experience.

“Our offer, funded by the Government, will upskill and train those who deliver apprenticeships, helping them to excel. We encourage anyone involved in apprenticeships to take advantage of this offer for the benefit of their learners, organisations and wider society.”

Further information on the ETF and the Apprenticeship Workforce Development offer can be found on the ETF website apprenticeship page with the courses available on the PDP.

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