How technology can create innovative apprenticeship programmes

How technology can create innovative apprenticeship programmes

Too often, the conversations around technology in L&D are around saving time and costs, but there are more important and fundamental ways in which tech can make major improvements – and nowhere more so than apprenticeships.

Anything that enhances learner experience can only be a good thing, but if you build your apprenticeship programme around the right tech platform, there are also direct, measurable benefits to the employer. Here we take a look at both.

To take the learner first, the more removed the learner experience is from antiquated “chalk and talk” classroom methods, the more motivated and enthusiastic they will be about undertaking the learning.

Today’s generation of learners are far more likely to seek instructional information on YouTube than from a library book – this isn’t “dumbing down”, it’s simply a fact of modern life.

Peer-to-peer learning, too, is far more representative of the teamwork and collaboration-oriented environment of most workplaces, than solo textbook work.

Apprenticeships, therefore, should incorporate these factors. For example, our apprenticeship platform is based on a market-leading Learning Management System called Tessello from our sister company Brightwave, which allows us to bring in social media, peer sharing, remote instructor intervention, anytime-anywhere access and many other features that are intuitive and instinctive to the modern learner.

This in turn brings significant benefits to the employer. First, it means learners do not need to spend so much time away from the workplace in order to engage with teachers.

Secondly, and most importantly, it closes skills gaps. Perhaps one of the biggest worries we hear from employers is that workplace entrants are not equipped by the education system with the real-world, work-ready skills that are required in employment.

By using a blended delivery – between teaching and learning and a tech platform that brings the learner closer to the real-life requirements of their job – perhaps using 3D simulation models or real-time access to on-the-job experts; or asking them to complete tasks in exactly the same way as in the workplace rather than simply writing about theory – you will be able to mould that individual far more accurately to their role.

To talk to one of our tech team about how to build the perfect blended delivery for you, contact apprenticeships@capita.co.uk.