Apprenticeship standards: how to create an effective training plan

The training plan covers the entire apprenticeship journey.

Apprenticeship standards: how to create an effective training plan

In the new apprenticeship standards, the training plan is really important. Unlike the old frameworks, you can’t just let the apprentice work and hope their evidence meets the criteria. Apprentices need to have an in-depth understanding of all the KSBs in the standard and be able to prove they’re occupationally competent in the end-point assessment (EPA). This means training has to be actively planned and managed using an effective training plan.

What is a training plan or ‘scheme of work’?

A training plan outlines exactly how you’re going to deliver training to the apprentice – or implement your curriculum. It should include details about the learning objectives, the tasks apprentices complete to meet these objectives and the desired outcomes. The training plan should be sequenced in a way that builds on learning and include timelines, milestones and reviews.

What are the components of a good training plan?

Your training plan should cover all stages of the apprenticeship journey – from initial assessment to end-point assessment – not just the on-programme learning.

How do you create an effective training plan?

Take the apprenticeship standard and use this to build your training plan. Think of the standards as the rules of the game – you have to cover all the KSBs in the standard, but you can be creative about how you decode it into your training plan.

1. Decide your learning objectives

Using the KSBs, create a list of learning objectives – all the topics the apprentice needs to cover. These should be active statements of intent; ‘In this activity, the learner will...’

2. Create learning sessions or modules of learning

When you have your list of objectives, you can create learning sessions to meet the objectives. These sessions could include practical activities, workplace shadowing or reflective tasks. Make sure all your learning sessions have a learning outcome you can track – that way you'll know the apprentice is progressing through the KSBs in the standard.

3. Set milestones

Set milestones throughout your curriculum – the outcomes the apprentice should have met in the timeframe. You can then track the apprentice’s performance towards these milestones during progress reviews.

4. Include on-programme assessment

Preparing for EPA shouldn’t be left until the gateway. Make sure you build on-programme assessment into your training plan so apprentices can practice their assessment methods.

5. Plan for gateway

The gateway isn’t the end of the apprenticeship – it should be planned for in your training plan. Include revision tasks, mock assessments and time for apprentices organise their portfolio. Apprentices may need extra support to prepare for EPA, so you could also include additional reviews and catch ups.

When you’ve created your training plan, you can then tailor it to each apprentice – create an individual learning plan (ILP).

These are just the main points to consider when you’re creating your training plan, but there are many other aspects you need to include – like employer engagement and off-the-job training. To find out exactly what goes into an effective training plan, download your complete training plan checklist.

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