• University of Leeds
  • IOE

Blended Learning Essentials: Digitally-Enriched Apprenticeships

A CPD course for apprenticeship providers looking to enhance their courses with digital technology for the modern workplace.

8,180 enrolled on this course

Blended Learning Essentials: Digitally-Enriched Apprenticeships
This course is part of the Blended Learning Essentials program, which will enable you to explore the essentials for teachers, trainers & managers developing blended learning.

Enhance apprentices’ experience with digital technology

Apprenticeships are changing. The UK Government has introduced new standards to ensure apprentices are receiving quality training. Discover how using digital technology can enrich your apprentices’ experience and open up opportunities for your organisation.

You’ll learn how to weave in digital resources across the whole apprentice journey from preparation to end-point assessment. You’ll navigate through the Jisc Apprenticeship Toolkit stages of Preparation, Planning, Delivery and Assessment which will help you develop your own designs for a digitally-enriched apprenticeship programme.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds [Diana:] The world of work and apprenticeships is changing. Employers are increasingly eager to recruit staff who are comfortable in the new digital era. So teachers and training providers must prepare apprentices for that. Digital is there to help, if you know how to harness it. So in this course, we focus on the digital enrichment of apprenticeships. [Bronwen:] Employers and training providers must also work together so that the 20% study time required in apprenticeship is blended seamlessly with their work. Only digital methods can truly achieve that. Throughout the UK, there are training providers and companies experimenting with digital methods. [Diana:] The course gives you a window into how they’re doing this.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 seconds From the experiences of teachers and colleges, trainers and companies, employers and apprentices, you’ll find out how staff are trained to support learning at work, how digital tools support an individual learning plan, how digital tools keep apprentices connected anytime, anywhere, how apprentices collect digital evidence of their own achievements, and how apprentices track their individual feedback and progress online. [Neil:] The case studies in this course come from a range of different industry sectors, including agriculture, fashion, technology, media, and health. But all of them use similar digital tools and methods to enrich their apprentices’ learning through work. So whatever your field, you’ll find something useful in this course. [Bronwen:] During the course, you’ll be trying out these digital tools yourself.

Skip to 1 minute and 43 seconds You’ll also discuss online with other participants and hear about what they’re doing. this will help you discover how you can make digital tools work well in your own context. [Diana:] Studying on the course is easy. You can do it in around four hours a week using your computer or mobile device. And being online, it’s very flexible. So please join us and make your contribution to digitally enriching apprenticeships.


  • Week 1

    Apprenticeships: The role of the trainer in a digital age

    • Welcome

      Before you get started, take some time to meet the educators who will support you through the course. There's also an opportunity to meet your fellow learners, identify your learning goals and plan your learning journey.

    • Preparation: Digital in the apprenticeship programme

      In this activity, you will find out from training providers and apprentices just how useful digital can be throughout the apprenticeship journey.

    • Preparing the apprentice's journey using digital methods

      In this activity, you will focus on how digital can help your apprentices meet their criteria for demonstrating sufficient knowledge, skills and behaviours.

    • Planning the apprenticeship programme

      In this activity, you will look at how digital can enrich the induction process and the development of individual learning plans.

    • Summary

      To round off this first week, we take a look back at the main learning points as well as looking forward to next week.

  • Week 2

    Delivering apprenticeship programmes in a digital age

    • Welcome to week two

      This week will focus on the third and fourth areas of the Jisc Roadmap: Delivery and Assessment.

    • Digital for developing learner support

      In this activity, you will investigate how you can support apprentices with digital tools and how to spot areas in your apprenticeship programme where digital solutions will improve practice.

    • Digital for supporting evidence collection

      In this activity, you will identify which digital tools are appropriate in your context for collecting evidence and what good practice in this area looks like.

    • End point assessment

      In this activity, you will examine how your programme will enable apprentices to demonstrate readiness for the EPA and how digital will prepare them for this.

    • Summary

      We end with a summary of what you've learned on the course and provide you with a quiz to test yourself on what you have learnt in this course.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

This course has been accredited by the CPD Certification Service, which means it can be used to provide evidence of your continuing professional development.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the role of the trainer in apprenticeships in the digital age
  • Describe the role of digital in preparing for a trainer’s or organisation’s readiness for the apprenticeship programme
  • Develop plans for using digital tools in the delivery of an apprenticeship programme
  • Investigate the use of digital tools for supporting learners and apprentices
  • Identify good practice in using digital tools for collecting evidence
  • Explain the potential in using digital tools for the end-point assessment

Who is the course for?

This course is open to everyone, but is particularly aimed at those working in further education, skills training, vocational education, workplace learning, and lifelong learning or adult education.

If you work with apprentices as a trainer in a college, within an employment organisation or in an independent provider, this course is for you.

We provide a range of accreditation pathways, whether you are directly supporting learners or delivering training and seek to use blended learning more effectively.

Time commitment

The course is designed to be completed in around 4 hours per week, with optional further reading in addition. All activities have recommended times, and there are plenty of resources and activities for you to explore further if you’d like to do more on a particular topic. You can join at any time during the course.

Who will you learn with?

Chair of Learning with Digital Technology, Knowledge Lab, UCL IOE.
Developing a global community of teachers around the Learning Designer

Twitter: @thinksitthrough

I am a Senior Research Fellow in Digital Education in the School of Education at the University of Leeds. https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/education/staff/168/dr-bronwen-j-swinnerton

Dean of Digital Education and Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Leeds. For more information see: https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/education/staff/156/professor-neil-morris

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Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

UCL Institute of Education

Founded in 1902, as a teacher training college in London, the IOE is now a world-class research and teaching institution.


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