The news that the new Apprenticeship Standards include the development of behaviours and attitudes was welcomed here at Bowles. We have been at the centre of soft skills development for over 25 years and understand the importance of training your workforce to not only develop the technical skills required to perform their role, but also the personal attributes that will help them to reach their full potential. The good news for employers is that you can now include a Bowles behaviours and attitude module within an apprenticeship funded via the Levy.
New Apprenticeship Standards will cover behaviours, as well as knowledge and skills.
It is important to note that as Apprenticeship Standards will cover behaviour as well as skills and knowledge, it will contribute to end-point assessment outcomes and grade. Trailblazer groups will outline their expectations for behaviour in the Assessment Plan. As a result of this there is the possibility that training providers that do not include behavioural development in their apprenticeships are in danger of being seen as under-delivering against the standards, and their apprentices may not pass end assessments
We recommend that employers speak to their Registered Provider to ensure that behaviours are being developed within the apprentice programme. Bowles can be employed as sub-contractors to perform this very important module of the apprenticeship programme.
Implications for providers and employers:
- The categories of behaviours specified in the Standard may vary across different occupations;
- Providers and employers will need the capability to develop apprentices’ behaviours, and may need tools to help facilitate this;
- Providers and employers will need to be aware of how behaviours will be measured and assessed, and the extent to which grades are influenced, or determined, by behavioural performance;
- Towards the end of the apprenticeship, employers and providers will ‘sign-off’ the apprentice as ready for the end-point assessment – this sign-off is the ‘gateway’.
- Signing-off an apprentice indicates the employer and provider believe their knowledge, skills and behaviours are the level required to attain an apprenticeship.
- A number of approaches are being used for the gateway, including qualifications, interviews, and a portfolio of work. The assessment plan will specify the approach for that Standard.
End-point assessment replaces the existing model of continuous assessment resulting in qualifications. It’s one of the biggest changes to apprenticeships.