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Published on Wednesday, September 26, 2018


Learner support is critical factor in Apprenticeships...

Whilst most people know what an apprenticeship is, many aren’t aware that apprentices get lots of one-to-one support from their training provider throughout their programme. The level of support an apprentice receives is a critical to their success – without it, their progress can grind to a halt. If they encounter a hurdle in their job or training, with young recruits there is a real danger they will just stop showing up for work. Apprentices have different support needs. Some simply need encouragement to overcome a shyness whilst others have more specific requirements like coloured overlays to address visual difficulties.  

Help in the workplace 

Apprenticeship provider tpm prides itself in providing outstanding support to apprentices. Each apprentice has their needs assessed at the beginning of their programme so they can plan in all the individual support they need. Apprentices can lack the confidence to speak up about their needs at work, so tpm liaises with their employer too, to ensure they get help in the workplace. 

Molly is a bright and promising 19 year-old who has always wanted to work with children with disabilities. Since leaving St. Edmund Arrowsmith in June 2015, Molly has flourished with the support of tpm. First she developed her skills on a traineeship, and then achieved a level 2 apprenticeship in childcare. She has now completed her level 3 apprenticeship employed at The Old School House Nursery, who recently won the Judge’s Award at Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards. 

Encouragement 

Molly faced numerous challenges throughout her training. She often feels uncomfortable in large groups, is easily distracted and becomes frustrated. As tpm know, she can lose interest quickly, and is sometimes reluctant to attend classes. Being aware of her issues, tpm were able to offer Molly the support and encouragement she needed at critical times. In this way they didn’t become a barrier to achieving her qualifications. 

Molly was supported by tpm’s Learner Support Co-ordinator who listened to her concerns, helped her overcome challenges, and celebrated her successes. Molly was also given her own room for exams in order to minimise distraction, and regular phone calls were scheduled with her to always keep in touch. 

Bright future 

Molly’s attendance improved dramatically, she was more eager to learn, and she passed both her ICT and Maths L2 exam first time. 

LCR Apprenticeship Skills Broker, Samantha Metcalfe said 

“The outstanding tailored support Molly received from tpm helped her succeed on her Apprenticeship. They enabled her to build up her confidence, learn new skills, get qualified and carve out a bright future.” 

For more information about how tpm supports its apprentices and other students please contact: enquiries@tpmnow.co.uk

 

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