Asset Training will continue to deliver education for learners face to face as much as possible across all provision.
In the event of delivery needing to move online or remote we will adapt our provision as outlined below.
Assets curriculums have been created in such a way, so as to make them highly adaptable to varying environments, learners and employer requirements.
The vocational curriculum for each qualification will continue to be utilised with each learner, however, teaching and learning sessions will be conducted via zoom or Microsoft teams.
All learners on Apprenticeship programs are provided with online learning modules, these modules incorporate knowledge and enrichment criteria within each curriculum.
If a learner is shielding or furloughed then the online learning modules can be allocated in full.
It will be agreed on a learner by learner basis the direction the curriculum will take in the event of a lockdown and will be agreed with the employer to ensure all parties are aware of the commitments and plans in place.
Asset have contingencies in place for Line Managers to complete observations of learners in place of the assessor, the assessor will counter assess to ensure standards have been met. This contingency will be used if a learner requires observations in the workplace and would otherwise have their progress affected if the observation didn’t take place.
Asset will utilise other methods of assessments where possible including witness testimony, professional discussion, product evidence, statements, case studies and projects to ensure learners progress as expected. This will be an adaptation to some assessment methods within the curriculum however our curriculums are built to ensure individualisation and adaptation. All learners’ progress will be monitored by Asset senior management.
Asset Apprentices utilise an on line portfolio, OneFile, which means they can access their portfolio from any device at any time. All planning and feedback is detailed on OneFile and all teaching and learning is also recorded for them to refer back to.
Delivery to Apprentices in the event of a lockdown will follow the planned timetabling of events within the curriculum with the only differentiation being an adaptation to assessment methods if needed and face to face teaching moving to Microsoft teams or zoom.
Full qualification curriculums are available upon request.
Asset have in place a policy of online learning protocols for learners which fully outlines the expectation of learners along with staff protocols for virtual sessions. These can be found within Asset policy and procedure documents.
None of Assets Apprentices are studying qualifications which require any specialist equipment. All learners will be able to continue their studies if they have access to internet and PC.
The programs for 16-19 year olds, which is a combination of both work based skills and educational aspects will be available to continue online. As with current delivery there is already a foundation of learning and correspondence that takes place online and remotely, and this will continue and likely expanded if at all necessary. Learners will be able to access the following online/remote portals:
- Google Classroom
- Google Teams
- Instagram (specific programme accounts)
Utilising all of the above platforms, learners will still be able to engage and participate in education & learning for their specific programmes. All areas & topics that contribute to meaningful work preparation and employability will be delivered in the main via Theskillstoolkit in the form of short courses to upskill learner’s knowledge. This will be further endorsed and enhanced through discussion and workshops with tutors and industry “experts” on Zoom/Google Teams. These will be formatted so learners will be able to transfer the knowledge gained from courses into their job roles/sectors.
The use of social media platforms such as Instagram can provide valuable opportunity for learners to engage whilst learning remotely. The nature of the content that is typically uploaded onto this platform offers the opportunity for tutors to create, upload and share content that will support learner’s education. These can be in the form of virtual lessons, recorded masterclass demonstrations from industry specialists or indeed sharing of links to libraries of relevant external resources. Placement co-ordinators will be able to demonstrate practical aspects of job roles that the learner would be normally undertaking in the job role and learners will be able to still try and undertake such task. An example of this may be within Sports/Fitness Traineeships were the Personal Trainer may demonstrate a 10 minute warm up routine highlighting specific coaching points. Learners will observe the lesson and then be asked to recreate a similar routine, film themselves demonstrating and then share the video (as a resource) on Instagram account.
The learner will also be able to attend their work placement if safe to do so.
Learners undertaking the processes as mentioned above to remain in learning and engaged will also support their Maths, English and ICT skills. Remote learning will necessitate improving their knowledge and understanding the use of ICT, itself now a key element of traineeship delivery in some areas.
Any and all online & remote sessions will be integrated into the Learners standard and typical weekly timetables. All learners will be updated at the end of every week if there are any changes to the upcoming week.
What Virtual Learning Tools Will be Used?
- Google Classroom
- Google Teams
- Instagram (specific programme accounts)
As mentioned above, learners will be supported and assessed (not necessarily formally) on a continual basis. This may be via verbal discussion on tasks that have been set (practical and written) or by assessment and feedback of work undertaken by the learner (visual or written).
Tutors will ensure that all lesson plans, scheme of work, workbooks and online presentations, such as PowerPoint are prepared in advance.
All teaching and learning sessions will be conducted via Zoom. Using planned learning hours as a guide, a detailed, planned timetable of events will be sent to each learner, this will include times, dates, and approximate length of the Zoom meetings. Learner workbooks will be provided and will be sent out both electronically and by post if required for some learners. Stamped addressed envelopes will be provided for those learners completing handwritten evidence. To further support learning, videos, research links and learning resources will be made available to each learner.
Regular feedback will be provided either verbally or written, highlighting areas for improvement, and informing the learner of how well they have done so far.
For additional guidance and to ensure standards are being met, appropriate model examples will be shared with the learners to help clarify what a successful piece of work will look like, Also, evidence of success criterion for an activity will be provided to ensure the learner has a good idea of the level of content that will be expected.
All learner evidence will be assessed by using a criterion-referenced assessment method.
To assess that learners, have a good knowledge and understanding of the subject matter, recorded guided discussions will be used as an additional method of assessment.
For learners requiring specialist equipment, facilities or observations, a professional discussion over Zoom will take place and we will either video or audio record it as evidence. In addition to this, during the Zoom session our tutor will show the learner images and short videos of our warehouse using the share screen feature and then ask them questions on what they would do in certain scenarios, just as they would during face-to-face situation/observation. Practical skills will be shown via a YouTube video of a particular task. Our tutors will also create short videos of warehouse work, detailing how tasks are carried out safely within current Health and Safety guidelines and meeting all the required areas for the qualification. This will provide our tutor the opportunity to purposely create hazards/errors for the learner to find and then discuss the importance of ensuring tasks are completed correctly and as instructed e.g., manual handling, safe use of a forklift truck and wearing the correct PPE.
All learners who are eligible to enrol, must be committed to not only completing the course, but also to completing assessments/workbook written evidence and uploading evidence back to the tutor within a specified timescale. They must also show a willingness to react to feedback from the tutor in a timely manner.
If any learner at Asset requires support with internet, PC or other devices Asset would support learners in the following way.
- We would work with the employer to organise equipment and software to be made available.
- Utilise learner support funding.
- Utilise the Asset Foundation which was set up to assist learners with the most need for anything to keep them in learning.
Any learner at Asset with special needs would be offered the same level of service as those without in the first instance. SEND learners would also be offered further support from the company support officer who would assist them in their learning and assessments between visits with their facilitator. Should a learner require further support using equipment or adapting to the new ways of learning further support will be offered from an IT expert within Asset or via the company support officer.