How to create an individual learning plan (ILP)
The new standards have introduced new aspects to apprenticeship delivery – like mandatory off-the-job training and end-point assessment. They also place much greater significance on initial induction and the individual training plan.
Many apprenticeship providers have already been using individual learning plans (ILPs) for the old frameworks, so what's different now?
What is an individual learning plan (ILP)?
With the new standards, providers are expected to create a curriculum using the standard and personalise it for each apprentice. This personalised plan is the ILP. It has to take into account each apprentice’s prior learning, additional learning requirements, career aspirations and any bespoke learning required by the employer.
How is the curriculum tailored for each learner?
When you have your curriculum, you can then tailor your delivery for the individual apprentice using information gathered in the initial assessment.
1. Recognition of prior learning
You need to review and evidence the apprentice’s prior learning in the initial assessment. If any of the apprentice’s previous training, qualifications or work experience covers learning objectives in the curriculum, you can remove them from ILP.
Make sure you assess the apprentice’s prior learning carefully. You need to know exactly how well they know the learning objective they say they’ve covered. If they’ve just touched on the subject, you may still need to include the objective in the ILP. But if they’re very competent in that area, you can remove it. It's a good idea to check their RPL or gather evidence to back it up – like examples or certificates.
2. Additional learning requirements
You’ll need to find out if the apprentice has any additional learning requirements – such as English and maths, health and safety or the Care Certificate. If they do, you’ll need to include them in the ILP.
3. Bespoke learning aims
The employer may want to include learning objectives that aren’t in the standard, such as a specific software they use. If so, you can include these topics in the ILP.
4. Stretch and challenge goals
If the apprentice has significant prior learning in a subject, or the employer wants to stretch them to distinction, you can include stretch and challenge tasks in the ILP. Just make sure the activities are sequenced in a way that builds on the KSBs in the standard.
How do you create an ILP for each apprentice?
When you’ve gathered all the above information, you can use it to map each apprentice’s ILP against the curriculum. You can tailor the objectives according to prior learning and add any bespoke learning aims. The ILP must also include relevant off-the-job learning and opportunities for feedback – such as progress reviews, mock assessments and employer involvement.
As you can see, making sure you gather all the information you need in the initial assessment is key to creating a successful individual learning plan (ILP). Without this information, the ILP won’t be properly tailored to the individual, and apprentices could end up repeating learning, missing objectives and not reaching their full potential on programme.
With OneFile’s RPL Funding Calculator, you can gather all the information you need during the initial assessment. Apprentices complete a remote skills assessment so they can add evidence of their prior learning against the KSBs in the standard. They can also include any additional learning requirements, like English and maths or employer needs. The whole process is completed online, so you’ll have the insights you need to develop an individual learning plan.
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