The power of data and business intelligence to drive growth and unlock value
I was fortunate to be a guest speaker at a recent networking event arranged by Grant Thornton. These events are hugely informative bringing together CEO’s of many of the leading training providers to discuss and review common challenges and opportunities.
It was an enjoyable and insightful evening with a range of important themes surfacing from a very lively debate. This session explored the power of data and business information in driving growth and unlocking value in apprenticeship delivery. Arranged under Grant Thornton’s Skills in The New World programme I would urge you to attend if you’re lucky enough to receive an invitation.
Employers are leading the agenda
The impact of standards
The introduction of standards has necessitated a complete change to how learning is delivered and poses a number of key challenges to training providers; not least of which is the ability to effectively track learners progress throughout their programme. Frameworks had clear stepping stones and progress, in many ways, was far more transparent. Processes now need to work with the new principles of standards. The adopted systems need to keep all relevant parties aligned to pace and progress. Failure to do so places the potential of a successful gateway in jeopardy. Whilst accurate tracking is a clear requirement to appropriately serve the learners and employers, training providers also face a very real operational and financial ticking timebomb if they fail to manage and monitor a learner’s progression to end-point assessment (EPA).
There is a changing perspective in this new world. Traditionally apprenticeships have been focussed on an input driven system and employers have an output driven mentality. The demands of the new standards require both ends to be met i.e. being equally obsessive about compliance, progression and regulation as quality of learning and job performance. This is a message for those devising management systems in that they need to comply with regulation yet have a genuine and positive impact upon the learning and achievement. Systems need to link up and provide one version of the truth. The conversation further suggested that if scaling provision is an aspiration then this level of control and data integrity will be a determinant of potential growth and success.
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