So that Apprentices, Learners, Employers and Parents know what to expect should Apprentices and Learners need to self-isolate or there are local restrictions in place that require you to remain at home, please see below details of IPS’s remote education offer.
Remote Training Changes
All cohorts of learners whether apprentices aged 16 – 19 or adults are able to continue their training through a range of adaptations to the usual delivery methods.
Where training sessions usually take place at IPS training centres these are available online through Microsoft Teams run throughout the day as per the planned timetable.
Trainer/assessor visits that take place in the workplace are replaced with online training sessions using digital platforms including Microsoft Teams, Skype, WhatsApp or video calls.
Training delivery methods and resources have been developed including interactive workbooks, e-learning, videos and assignments to support remote training sessions.
Each IPS delivery department has slightly different delivery arrangements for the sectors they operate in and that meet the needs of their employers and learners. All departments will use exemptions and flexibilities available to ensure End-Point Assessment can take place as planned.
Work based Learning – the delivery team are geared up for delivery of a blended learning approach that enables both online and face to face delivery to ensure that the training is still delivered smoothly. Observations can be completed both in person or remotely based on the learner and employer agreement on which option is the best to meet their needs.
Block Release – For block release where learners/apprentices need to learn practical skills delivery has been split between theory and practical both online and from the classroom/practical training area. To ensure the premises are Covid secure group sizes have been reduced to a maximum of 5 plus the trainer to allow social distancing.
Where restrictions stop practical training learning moves to online training sessions for theory elements including the use of workbooks, online sessions and e-learning until face-to-face training can resume.
Health & Social Care
Training sessions have been changed to weekly online sessions, offering shorter bite-sized sessions to accommodate the needs of the sector where longer training sessions are not possible. Assessment observations are postponed until such times as training and assessment can resume in the workplace.
Engineering Apprenticeship training continues to operate in line with the planned timetable for the year.
Additional remote learning has been put in place to replace the face to face training within the workshop which will provide learners, group sessions multiple times a week to work towards underpinning knowledge and provide an awareness of some practical aspects of the training that was due to take place. Practical training will then resume when it is safe to do so.
The delivery team use the Moodle virtual learning platform to provide a bank of online resources, access to timetables and links to each subject training session, for all learners to access. Learners are provided with one-to-one time with their trainers ask questions and discuss their training programmes.
Training sessions take place online using Microsoft teams and employers are made aware of when these are taking place.
Technical certificate assessments will still take place as originally planned.
What IPS Expects from our Learners
All learners and apprentices are expected:
- to attend their virtual training sessions or one-to-one meetings with their trainers/assessors as scheduled;
- to be committed to their training programmes and complete all work to planned and agreed deadlines;
- let their trainer/assessor know if they have any issues or concerns with their training so that they can be best supported by the IPS delivery teams
Arrangements for Apprenticeship and Training Programmes that Require Specialist Equipment or Facilities
For learners and apprentices who are undertaking workshop and practical skills training, such as engineering or motor vehicle and restrictions prevent face-to-face delivery, training will be postponed. Virtual knowledge and theory sessions will replace practical training until such times as it is safe for access to the workshop and face-to-face training to resume.
Training timetables will be modified to reflect the change in delivery and ensure all elements of the programme are completed.
If specialist software is required this can be accessed through an online version for Proteus and through the IPS remote connection.
Support for Learners and Apprentices without Devices, Connectivity or a Suitable Environment for Learning
The options for learners varies depending on which sector they are working in. For IPS Health and Social Care learners, Kent County Council are allocating an iPad to each service registered with them that will allow learners to connect for remote learning.
For learners who do not have connectivity at home, IPS works with employers to enable learners to access equipment, and they internet so that they can attend training sessions in the workplace.
Learners with Additional Learning Support Needs
For all learners who require additional learning support they can access extra training support through one-to-one tuition sessions either online or face-to-face. In line with government guidance vulnerable learners can also attend one of our Covid Secure training centres at Rochester or Dover extra training and support.