End-point assessment: Digital Apprenticeship Quality Board
In January 2018, The Institute for Apprenticeships officially recognised a new, employer-led, Digital Apprenticeship Quality Board, convened with the support of the Tech Partnership. The Board assumed immediate responsibility for the external quality assurance of apprenticeship end point assessments.
NB – Following the announcement of the Tech Partnership’s closure in September 2018, NSAR (the National Skills Academy for Rail) have been selected to take on the baton from the Tech Partnership and support the Digital Apprenticeship Quality Board in the delivery of the external quality assurance of the end-point assessment of level 3 and level 4 digital apprentices. Click here for more information on the handover to NSAR.
The purpose of the Board is to assure the consistency, comparability and quality of the assessments apprentices undertake before their apprenticeship can be successfully completed. The Board is specifically responsible for reviewing 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.
The Digital Apprenticeship Quality Board members are:
- 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
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.
Click here for more details on the Board’s announcement
Click here for more on the Digital Apprenticeships standards