Specially developed by the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink, OAT can be used by Employers or Training Providers to assess whether apprentices are meeting the baseline of current knowledge, skills and behaviours as required by the apprenticeship standard.
The tool can be used by any Employer or Training Provider to assess against any apprenticeship standard regardless of sector.
It is a requirement of the apprenticeship funding rules that each learner on an apprenticeship requires significant new knowledge, skills and behaviours and this must be evidenced.
IFA guidance of “You and the main provider must be satisfied that the apprenticeship is the most appropriate learning programme for the individual and have evidence (to be kept by the main provider) that it is either:
E11.1 a new job that requires new knowledge and skills; Or E11.2 an existing job role, where the individual needs significant new knowledge, skills and behaviours to be occupationally competent.”
Selecting the right person for an apprenticeship can be a challenging process, but how can you be sure the standard you have chosen is the right one for them? Do you understand their current level of skills, knowledge, and behaviours in comparison to the apprenticeship standard you want to use? Do you know what progress your learner is making towards End Point Assessment (EPA) once on the programme?
OAT can be used by businesses to help select the right employees for apprenticeship programmes, ensure they are meeting the requirements of new skills and knowledge of a particular apprenticeship standard and help monitor the progress of employees through to End Point Assessment.
When taking on an apprentice OAT will allow businesses to conduct an initial assessment of their abilities, followed by five progress assessments which can be used to test their skills, knowledge and behaviours as they prepare for their End Point Assessment. This is particularly useful as it will give an indication as to what areas the Apprentice needs support on in the run-up to EPA and help inform decisions on when to enter an apprentice into the gateway.
Benefits of the tool
Are you fully assessing your Apprentices against the Apprenticeship Standards to demonstrate their baseline competence? Are you then tracking them regularly through the programme to evaluate progress and End Point Assessment (EPA) readiness?
There is now particular emphasis on baseline competence, evidence packs and funding rates. Providers are expected to negotiate costs, duration of programme and content. The individual learning plan should indicate what knowledge, skills and behaviours are required to progress through to EPA.
The NSAFD have developed the Occupational Assessment Tool (OAT) to assess baseline of current knowledge, skills and behaviours as required by the standard. This will support with development of an individual learning plan and ensure apprentice progress is tracked and evidenced.
OAT allows you to assess apprentices up to 6 times throughout their programme to demonstrate their progress through to EPA.
Who benefits from the tool?