North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College's experience with the OTNA process

An Organisational Training Needs Analysis (OTNA) enables organisations to assess how T Level-ready they are by identifying any gaps in knowledge. Each T Level provider is invited to undertake an OTNA to better understand their staff’s professional development needs so they can deliver T Levels successfully.

Christopher Tullin, Director for Business Development and Student Employability at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC), worked with one of the ETF’s Area Relationship and Development Leads (ARDL), Sue Blake, to undertake their OTNA. In this blog, he tells us about his experience with this process.

NWSLC have been approved to deliver T Levels from 2022. As an approved T Level provider, we are required to submit two monitoring forms about our plan and progress for delivery to the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). I first met Sue through the Education and Childcare Network Route meeting that I chair. During these meetings, Sue described the OTNA process and how it was designed to support organisations transitioning into delivering T Levels. After learning about the process and outcomes I knew we wanted to undertake an OTNA, particularly since the ETF’s T Level Professional Development (TLPD) offer – including the OTNA and support from the ARDLs – is fully funded by the DfE.

The process itself was straight forward and was managed expertly by Sue. The fact we could do our OTNA remotely, and on a date that suited us, meant we were able to continue planning for the full return of students at the same time. We involved all our curriculum managers from the outset to ascertain the departmental and college-wide needs. We were supplied with all the relevant documentation and given questions to answer before the meeting. These questions highlighted both our strengths and areas of development, which were then translated into a development and action plan. They also closely matched a number of sections that we had to complete for our final ESFA form, such as a clear focus on leadership, industry placements, and professional readiness. We were given an ETF draft training plan which showed several CPD opportunities for all internal staff including governors, senior leaders, and teaching and support staff to be involved in. This has allowed us to demonstrate our progress in a clear way.

In what has been a difficult time for all businesses, not least for those of us who work in education, the support from Sue and the ETF has been invaluable. Not only has this support enabled us to continue T Level planning, but it has provided us with an external view of our progress towards implementation across the organisation. I would highly recommend the OTNA process to any organisation that is planning to deliver T Levels in future years.

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