Ben James

Apprenticeships Regulatory Officer in at an HE institution. Previously worked in FE Apprenticeships for 10 years at the CITB.

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Ben James commented,

A PLR statement from the LRS is perfectly acceptable...

A PLR statement from the LRS is perfectly acceptable as evidence of achievement. Per the guidance on English and Maths qualifications from the ESFA (here), the PLR must state; These types of eviden...

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Ben James commented,

I'm a bit confused when you say the POT had ended be...

I'm a bit confused when you say the POT had ended because the core aim was achieved, but that you kept the continuing aims open. If there were any component aims that hadn't been achieved yet (e.g....

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Ben James commented,

Is there a specific reason you decided to close the ...

Is there a specific reason you decided to close the main aim and POT? Unless the learner completed or withdrew, you shouldn't be terminating the POT. Maytas will automatically carry the ILR and any...

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Ben James commented,

They certainly have, and they've not been pulled up ...

They certainly have, and they've not been pulled up on it up to now. They've either been incredibly lucky, or the fact they've at least been consistent in this approach has been sufficient enough f...

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Ben James commented,

Agree. I know colleagues at other institutions who'v...

Agree. I know colleagues at other institutions who've always used the 'award date' for aims as the Learning Actual End Date, rather than the last date they engaged in structured learning.. simply b...

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Ben James commented,

Assuming you're talking about the 'achievement date'...

Assuming you're talking about the 'achievement date' you'll probably get people giving you different answers to be honest. It's defined as "the date the end point assessment period for the programm...

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Ben James commented,

It's rubbish. The system should accommodate the situ...

It's rubbish. The system should accommodate the situation, not the other way round. The updated guidance reflects what they've told you - Stop dates to use following a change of employer where the ...

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Ben James commented,

Yes, but only if the recorded activity imparted new ...

Yes, but only if the recorded activity imparted new learning to the individual to help them achieve the required KSBs set out in the standard. 

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Ben James commented,

The apprenticeship confirmation doesn't really have ...

The apprenticeship confirmation doesn't really have any bearing on anything to be honest! The guidance confirms that "Whilst the setting up of a 'My apprenticeship' account is encouraged, it is not...

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Ben James commented,

The start date with the new employer as this is when...

The start date with the new employer as this is when the agreements with them will be effective from. The learner's evidence pack and ILR will account for the rest, depending on whether you've had ...