Digital Apprenticeship Quality Board announced
The Institute for Apprenticeships has officially recognised a new, employer-led, Digital Apprenticeship Quality Board, convened with the support of the Tech Partnership. Its primary responsibilities are to review the quality of end-point assessment decisions and processes.
After three years, with more than 300 employers working together to transform digital apprenticeships in England, a significant milestone has been achieved that will help assure the quality of new employer-defined apprenticeship programmes.
Today the Institute for Apprenticeships has officially recognised a new, employer-led, Digital Apprenticeship Quality Board, that will assume immediate responsibility for the external quality assurance of apprenticeship end point assessments. The purpose is to assure the consistency, comparability and quality of the assessments apprentices undertake before their apprenticeship can be successfully completed.
The Digital Apprenticeship Quality Board members are confirmed as:
- Tim Clayton, Head of Technology, Sainsbury’s (Chair)
- Sarah Brooks-Pearce, Future Talent Manager, Auto Trader UK
- Georges Acar, Technology and Innovation Director, Delta Financial Systems Ltd
- Nilu Singh, UK Apprenticeship Programme Lead, Wipro Limited
- Guy Wolfenden, VP Digital Transformation, Central Government, CGI UK Limited
- Maya Tudor, Apprentice Programme Manager, Google
- Nick Bell, IT Director, Inspired Energy
The Board was convened with the support of the Tech Partnership. Its primary responsibilities are to review the quality of end-point assessment decisions and the internal quality assurances processes of all organisations approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships to administer end-point assessment of digital apprenticeships.
Tim Clayton of Sainsbury’s, who chairs the Board, comments: “I’m thrilled to contribute to this initiative. The government’s apprenticeship reforms give us a fantastic opportunity to equip school leavers and colleagues alike with the skills our businesses need to stay competitive in the global digital economy.”
Adds Board member Guy Wolfenden of CGI UK: “I am welcoming more and more Digital Apprentices into our business, who are growing into digital roles quickly and provide a fantastic contribution. Key to success for both Apprentices and employers is getting the training and support right. I am delighted to support the Digital Apprenticeship Quality Board to ensure that standards and training are fit for all.”
Already over 3,500 people are taking part in new digital apprenticeships, with 13 published standards at Level 3 and Level 4, covering roles including Infrastructure Technician, Digital Marketer, Network Engineer and Cyber Intrusion Analyst. A further three standards are currently in development, including IT Solutions Technician and Digital Applications Technician.
Karen Price, CEO of the Tech Partnership says: “We have been delighted to bring together and support this talented and diverse board of employers, passionate about the value of apprenticeships to the digital economy. Employer-led apprenticeships are now transforming digital skills in the UK, equipping young people with the knowledge and ability to make an immediate impact in the workplace.”
Find out more on the Tech Partnership’s work on Apprenticeship standards
NB – In related news, the Institute for Apprenticeships is currently consulting on its draft occupational maps, which will help shape the way that the new T level qualifications are governed. Click here to find out more