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The single, joined-up platform for the end-to-end delivery of training

Learning, managing and funding – we’ve got it covered.

Why Bud?
Bud is a joined-up training management platform, designed to streamline the processes involved in delivering apprenticeships and vocational training. Bud reduces the time your teams spend on repetitive administrative tasks, freeing them to spend more time using their valuable expertise delivering high quality training. Bud’s customers benefit from improved data accuracy and reporting, meaning their opportunity to claim valuable funding is increased and their risk of clawback reduced.

Learning

Communicate, Progress, Engage

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Mobile first

Maximising Engagement

Bud’s interface is designed for accessibility, it’s simple and intuitive to empower and motivate learners. With an app for iPhone, android or tablet Bud gives learners easy access to their learning plan at any time, in any place and on their terms – increasing engagement, improving success rates.

Learners and trainers can message within Bud so that all communications, events and feedback are captured. An audit trail is automatically created for Ofsted, showing naturally occurring teaching, and learner stretch and challenge.

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Ian Bamford, Chief Operating Officer, Paragon Skills
“We have complete reassurance, regardless of where the learner is in the country, they will have an approved, quality assured learner journey that we are confident will deliver an outstanding teaching and learning experience and drive high quality outcomes for learners.”

Skills assessment

Demonstrating progress

Bud’s SkillScan allows you to measure a learner’s start point at enrolment, track progress, demonstrate distance travelled and recognise readiness for EPA. Throughout the programme Bud measures how activities have impacted learning.

Learner and trainer can instantly see exactly where they are on programme by viewing percentage complete. Progress reviews can be scheduled, remote or face to face, with evidence captured by digital signature after the event.

Bud enables trainers to RAG (Red, Amber, Green) rate learners, so that management can instantly see through reporting, who’s on track and who’s not.

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Chris Monk, Director of Business Operations, Decoded
“What we really liked about Bud is that it has been designed with apprenticeship standards in mind, allowing us to outline our unique curriculum, which we fully map to the Knowledge, Skills, Behaviours and additional qualifications prior to enrolment.”

Learning plan

Enabling Learning

Bud gives learners full visibility of their learning plan from any device so that they can access activities whenever they wish. This gives learners control so that they can progress, submit work and complete activities at their preferred pace.

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Managing

Consistent, Performance, Quality

workflows

Driving consistency

Bud’s unique workflows are designed by our in-house industry experts to drive best-practice for every action. Reducing administrative error, improving data quality, minimising compliance errors and diminishing risk to your business.

Your users can’t go wrong with Bud because trainers and learners must enter all the information required to meet compliance regulations before they can complete a stage.

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Data warehouse

Powering business intelligence

Bud captures thousands of pieces of data from every learner every day and feeds it into its data warehouse which can be integrated with your preferred reporting tool. Using Bud’s dashboards, managers can build reports to gain an accurate measure of performance.

This real-time business intelligence gives a complete view of every aspect of an organisation’s performance – including learner progress.  Managers can identify those who are falling behind, investigate why and act to improve learner outcomes.

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Programmes

Ensuring quality training

Bud’s Programme Design Suite ensures your training is delivered at a consistently high level by every trainer to every learner. With predefined programmes you can define your core curriculum demonstrating ‘Intent, Implementation and Impact’ so that you are always Ofsted ready.

Either upload your pre-existing programmes into Bud or use our ‘off the shelf’ programmes to help you get started – both solutions allow you to add trainer instructions and resources, and standardise your delivery.

Bud provides a rich learning environment and enables learners to launch your SCORM content with one click, so that their learning experience is as seamless as possible.

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James Swaffield, Operations Director, QA
“The valuable data that Bud provides has also helped QA give employers better transparency and a holistic view of the progress of their apprentices. The platform has simplified the review and sign off processes, helping us to deliver a superior end-to-end service for our customers.”

Funding

Compliance, Evidence, Enrolment

Compliance

Reducing administration

During enrolment, Bud automatically generates the Individual Learner Record in real time, reducing administrative burden, minimising error, improving accuracy. Updates to the ILR are automatically recorded throughout the learning journey – so you can be sure your evidence matches your ESFA funding claim.

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Evidence

Driving compliance

Throughout their training programme Bud automatically collates evidence of every interaction and learning experience, so that you can be confident in your claims for funding, including those for Additional Learning Support.

And when Hard Close, R14, comes around you’ll know that the evidence you need for your final submission has already been automatically collated. Meaning no surprises and freeing your team to focus on new enrolments.

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Further Reading

The Benefits of Digital Enrolment

Read how digital enrolment is a making a real difference to training providers

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Enrolment

Capturing enrolment

Whether you prefer your learners to self-serve their information remotely or your trainers to manage the process, Bud ensures all required data is captured at enrolment driving your compliance. So you know every learner that you enrol is eligible for funding before they start their learning journey.

With remote or face to face ID checking, and digital signatures from learner, employer and trainer automatically recorded, you can be sure the correct evidence is captured and safely stored.

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Kathryn Grundle, Director of Quality and Curriculum at Capita Knowledgepool
“I have used Bud at both QA and Capita and agree that it is a very learner friendly system.”

How Bud Works

For a quick introduction to Bud and how it can help you reduce admin overheads and maximise your ROI, watch the videos below.

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The best way to experience our platform is through a demo with one of our friendly experts.

Before your demo we’ll conduct a quick fact find call to make sure you see all the areas of our platform that are most important to you. Simply fill in the form and we’ll be in touch.

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