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Delivering high quality and supportive teaching and learning remotely.
At Aspiration Training, developing skills and supporting our employers with their goals and development is, and always will be, our number one priority. We understand that many things are very uncertain at the moment, but one thing you can be certain about is the amount of support and high-quality teaching and learning that we provide for our learners and employers – whether it is face-to-face or remotely.
Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, we had already made the decision to be ‘digital first’, aiming for at least half of all our courses to be taught online. This meant that, when lockdown restrictions were brought in, we were already in a great place to continue to offer teaching, training and support to all of our learners.
Whether you are on an apprenticeship, traineeship or are undertaking a short course, here is how we will support you to successfully achieve your goal.
Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Short Courses can all be accessed online, or as a blend of online and face-to-face delivery where it is safe to do so.
All of our apprenticeship and traineeship learners have access to tailored Career, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) specialists who can provide support and help to learners who want to explore the different career and progression opportunities available to them.
All of our learners have access to a range of welfare support resources through a dedicated online portal https://aspirewellbeinghub.com/, as well as being able to access ongoing online support from Designated Safeguarding Officers and Coaches / tutors.
All learners are issued with a booklet during their induction, explaining how teaching and learning will be delivered and what support is available to them. A video entitled ‘How we deliver our apprenticeships’ is also available on the website to provide further information and reassurance to learners and employers regarding remote delivery and assessment.
Learners have remote access to regular teaching and learning sessions with Vocational and Skills Coaches / tutors via a range of digital communication channels, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, mobile phone apps and email.
There is an extensive range of interactive teaching and learning resources available on our Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs), Smart Assessor and E-Qual, that learners can engage with in a virtual group or one-to-one session or by themselves at a time which is convenient for them.
Our Vocational and Skills Coaches work with both learners and employers to identify the best time, location and resources to support the development of learning new professional knowledge, skills and behaviours.
Learners can also use the online ‘Book When’ system to register themselves into online group learning sessions and classes.
Assessments are set and submitted for marking using the VLEs.
Externally assessed exams and tests can be undertaken online in your work setting, and Functional Skills examinations can be undertaken in the workplace or at home. End Point Assessment (EPA) arrangements have also been adapted, depending on the sector, to minimise the need to be carried out in a face-to-face setting, eg; Expert Witness Testimonies, Professional Discussions, video recordings (where safe and appropriate).
We continue to have the same high expectations of ourselves and our learners, whether learning is taking place in person or remotely. We are updating our website and blog regularly to keep learners and employers up-to-date with any news or changes to our ways of working.
We expect both our Coaches / tutors and our learners to maintain high levels of attendance and punctuality to virtual sessions, as we would to physical sessions, to emphasise our commitment to professional development.
We continue to provide a range of online and interactive teaching and learning activities, not only to ensure learners are engaged in learning, but also to help them achieve the highest outcome possible.
We have worked closely with Awarding Organisations to adapt assessments which require specialist equipment or facilities so that learners can continue to complete their qualification or apprenticeship standard.
Since March 2020, we have provided a laptop loan scheme which delivers laptops to any learner who does not have access to an internet-enabled device.
We are able to offer face-to-face teaching and learning for some learners in our Covid-secure classrooms or in their workplace.
We provide hard copies of information and learning resources for learners requiring them.
Dedicated Skills Coaches contact learners to discuss their SEN / EHCP report and identify and arrange any extra support needed, eg; speech and language tutor, magnified screens, occupational tutors, etc, which will be sourced through Aspiration Training and the Local Authority.
Learners with identified additional learning needs undertake the standardised Do-IT profiler to tailor their learning plan to their own needs.
Regular check-ins take place with Coaches / tutors to ensure support needs are met and effective in progressing learning.
Access arrangements are identified and put in place for external assessments.