Your one-stop-shop for apprenticeships
Thousands of healthcare employers use apprenticeships to attract new talent, reskill existing staff and tackle skill shortages. We make it easy for employers to run successful apprenticeship programmes by providing a bespoke service that's built around the skills needs of the organisation and designed to create capacity, capability and confidence.
Capacity Support Services
- Start here: Expert advice and guidance
The Academy's apprenticeships team provides free advice and guidance on all aspects of employing apprentices.
They will help you identify which apprenticeship programmes would benefit your organisation the most, advise on funding and grants to help stretch your training budget and ensure you secure the best training provision through our network of quality-assured providers.
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust said: "We are a large, complex organisation who have taken the first steps into integrating apprenticeships within our organisation with a view to make this an intrinsic part of our employment structure in the future. The National Skills Academy, and in particular I must single out our liaison Kate Emmett, have been essential in the success of this venture. Kate has gone above and beyond on a regular basis for us.
"Anticipating and advising and intercepting in problems that have arose. Steering us through sometimes difficult employment situations, interacting fantastically with Managers, HR personnel, staff and apprentices alike. Kate is a true asset to us and someone who is always on hand to answer queries about all aspects of the apprentice journey for staff and new entrants alike."
- Apprenticeship Training Agency
The Academy’s Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) makes it easy for you to take on an apprentice. We employ the apprentice on your behalf, taking on all of the HR and performance management responsibilities, so you can benefit from productive new talent in your team without the bureaucracy of coordinating an apprentice’s training, payroll and HR.
Contract Management Services
- Data management services
This service benefits employers who are registered to deliver training in-house but who don’t have the relevant data management systems or the personnel to manage the contract.
We will manage the administration for all of your learners, such as setting them up on PICS; checking Individual Learning Records (ILRs) for accuracy; updating learner status; validating data files against the Skills Funding Agency’s ILR specification; and much more besides. You will also have access our e- portfolio system and be able to use our help desk for any queries you may have.
- Quality assurance support
Complementing the data management service or available as a standalone option, this service supports employers with their quality assurance requirements. Our robust quality assurance checks give you peace of mind and include: planned observations of teaching and learning; quality monitoring and review of processes and procedures that deliver an action plan for continuous improvement; and regular updates on national models of best practice and educational developments.
- Application support for the register of apprenticeship training providers
This service provides employers with practical information, advice and guidance on how to successfully apply to join the Skills Funding Agency register of apprenticeship training providers.
You will receive comprehensive information on the application routes and advice and guidance on internal processes and procedures relating to centre management. These include quality assurance checks, data management, and inspections and compliance audits.
- Centre assessment and system audit
Employers who want reassurance that they are delivering to the required standard (or are capable of delivering to the required standard) will benefit from our health check of practices and procedures relating to assessment of regulated qualifications. We will undertake a thorough review against the requirements of the Awarding Organisation to look at existing practices and processes. We will then determine if they are compliant with, or could be adapted to meet, the requirements of the Awarding Organisations assessment and quality assurance processes.
Support for apprenticeship delivery
- Become an Academy satellite centre
Organisations with the capability to deliver apprenticeships in house who but aren’t a SFA registered apprenticeship training provider, can benefit from becoming a National Skills Academy for Health satellite centre. The Academy will be responsible for all contractual requirements, including Ofsted inspections and audit requirements, but, under our guidance, your assessors would carry out the delivery and assessment of the main aim, any technical certificate and the delivery and assessment of the functional skills qualification for each of the standards/frameworks. For quality assurance purposes, your assessors would have to take part in our standardisation meetings and undergo observations of teaching, learning and assessment.
- Direct Delivery
Using Skills for Health’s direct delivery team, we can help employers manage programmes for large cohorts of apprentices. The team will deliver and assess the main aim, any technical certificate and the functional Skills qualification for each of the standards/frameworks. To provide you with a complete service, the Academy will be responsible for contract management, quality assurance, inspection and audit compliance.
- Support to become a registered provider
This service is designed to support an employer with no experience of delivering apprenticeships and no assessment staff to become a registered provider with a team of qualified assessors and internal moderators able to deliver every aspect of the relevant framework/standard. The Academy will start its support programme by training your staff to achieve the relevant assessor and moderator qualifications. Then, as your assessment team becomes competent assessors, we will start to train staff to become internal moderators. In the final part of the process, we will work with you to support your application to join the relevant SFA register.
Capability and confidence building services
Our capability and confidence building services are targeted at building capability and confidence among organisations seeking to develop and deliver their own apprenticeship programmes.
- Be Apprenticeship Ready
Learn from sector experts who understand what is involved in taking on and supporting an apprentice. Be Apprenticeship Ready provides an introduction to apprenticeships, working with young people and safeguarding apprenticeships, and is delivered as a series of three linked webinars or a one-day workshop and provides advice and guidance for managers and mentors.
Participants will receive a downloadable resource pack of FAQs and template contracts and procedures/policies to help you recruit and manage an apprentice within your organisation. If you want to develop a strong awareness of the facts, rather than the myths, and learn about the practical actions you need to take and pitfalls you need to avoid when taking on an apprentice, this is the programme for you.
- Build your Apprenticeship Expertise
The Build your Apprenticeship Expertise service provides three workshops designed to develop the skills of the member of staff who will be responsible for your organisation’s apprenticeship programme. The workshops, which can be purchased separately or as a package, comprise Using apprenticeships to develop your workforce, Supporting and safeguarding learners in the workplace and Mentoring and managing an apprentice.
You will learn the practical actions you can take to ensure that each apprentice’s development programme equips them for a future role within your organisation, ensuring that they safe, supported, well-managed/mentored and develop the skills and expertise that will make a positive contribution to your business.
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