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White Papers and Research

Whilst a positive employment outcome is the principle goal for employability providers, the most important factor is sustained employment.
This research demonstrates that enabling jobseeker self-service with active supervision by an advisor very substantially increases the number of people securing jobs and then staying in these jobs. These results were achieved across the spectrum of jobseekers, including the very long term unemployed and hardest to help.
In the research we cover:
  • Revenue potential if using Aptem Employ
  • Sustained employment outcomes using Aptem Employ
  • The impact of geography on sustained employment


The Pulse, Winter 2020

In the Winter 2020 edition of The Pulse, we are delighted to offer our view of the 2020 apprenticeship landscape, an interview with Vikki Liogier, National Head of EdTech and Digital Skills at the Education and Training Foundation, and the latest exciting Aptem product and company developments.

The Pulse, Autumn 2019

In the Autumn 2019 edition of The Pulse, we are delighted to offer news and product updates, as well as an insightful interview with Chris Jones, Her Majesty’s Inspector – Specialist Adviser for Apprenticeships.

The Pulse, Spring 2019

In the Spring 2019 edition of The Pulse, we are delighted to offer news and product updates, as well as an interesting interview with UVAC’s Mandy Crawford-Lee.

The Pulse, Winter 2019

In this edition of The Pulse, we are delighted to offer news updates, an analysis of the levy shortfall and a great interview with Mark Dawe of the AELP, as well as Aptem product and team developments.

The Pulse, Autumn 2018

We are pleased to share with you the first of our quarterly newsletters, where we will be keeping you informed on Aptem developments and sharing useful resources that will help you make the most of your chosen delivery platform.


Ofsted inspection

Universities and Ofsted: learnings from recent inspections

With Ofsted busy catching up on its Covid-induced backlog, many higher education institutions (HEIs) are rightly anticipating inspections over the coming months.

It’s been less than a year since Ofsted took the reins from the Office for Students for assessing the quality of higher-level apprenticeships. All eyes were on Worcester University when it became the first HEI to have its report published in July 2021. Since then, inspection reports have slowly been filtering through, with mixed outcomes.

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Webinar recap: How to manage employer engagement in the delivery of apprenticeships

Tony Allen (CEO of Allen Apprenticeships and Skills), and Ben Drain (Apprenticeships Operations and Quality Director at Pareto Law) presented a webinar for more than 150 apprenticeship providers to explore the topic of effective employer engagement.

With many years of experience in apprenticeships delivery, Tony Allen and Ben Drain have deep insights into where successful providers excel in the services they provide and the growth of their organisations. In this webinar, they focused on one key component – providers’ approaches to employer engagement.

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Using behavioural science to enhance apprenticeship delivery

“The behaviours required to prosper in a new world are different.” Aptem CEO, Richard Alberg. Although we might not yet be living in what we can call a ‘post-pandemic’ world, the pandemic has already significantly changed the behaviours and skills we need to thrive. Behavioural science can help us to pinpoint and understand these changes, as well as offer useful insights that can be applied to service delivery, and ultimately support people into work.

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Degree apprenticeships female learner

Degree apprenticeships: are qualifications the linchpin of success?

In this white paper, we look at the history and rationale of the mandated qualification in degree apprenticeships, the competing pressure on them with regard to integration (both in terms of integration of the qualification and the end point assessment/EPA), and the three reasons why mandated qualifications matter: productivity, transferrable skills and occupational mobility.

Read our white paper to learn more.

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The evolution of blended learning

Blended learning incorporates in-class and remote learning, making use of digital technology to deliver engaging, flexible and collaborative education. Advances in technology have been challenging the classroom-centric mode of teaching since before the pandemic. Yet at the same time, it’s also widely recognised that technology has a significant role to play in education, not least because it is increasingly fundamental to everyday life. The role of education is to prepare young people for independence and success, and digital skills are undoubtedly essential for both.

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Reframing apprenticeships: the importance of level 2 and 3 apprenticeships

Delivered by employers in partnership with training providers, level two and three apprenticeships offer a concrete and reliable path into employment, and a steady supply of new recruits to companies that can train them in the specific skills they require. However, these lower-level apprenticeships have been overshadowed in recent years by the higher- and degree-level apprenticeships that offer an alternative to university education. The declining uptake in level two and three apprenticeships reflects a missed opportunity for employers and employees alike. Here, we explore why.

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