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How We Support Your Apprentice

Apprentices will be allocated a Workplace Coach employed by the University. The Coach will carry out an initial skills assessment prior to the programme starting and will conduct progress reviews (tri-partite meetings) with their employer mentor and your apprentice to ensure they are on track to successfully complete their programme. The Coach is one of the main links between University, apprentice and workplace.

Progress review (tri-partite) meetings are an essential element of an apprenticeship programme to ensure apprentices are supported and progressing on the programme as expected.

They also provide you as employer an update on the progress of your apprentice and the opportunity to recommend activities in the workplace that the apprentice could be signposted to which will help them achieve the knowledge, skills, and behaviour and learning outcomes of the apprenticeship programme.

The meetings involve the apprentice, a representative from the employer (the employer mentor) and a representative from the University, usually the workplace coach.

There will normally be three or four meetings per year, although this may be more or less depending on the individual apprentice needs. We will aim to hold at least one meeting face to face where possible but the majority will be virtual.

Discussions from meetings will be documented and stored so there is evidence of the end- to-end student journey, e.g. goals set, additional support signposted and subsequent actions taken, learning achieved, i.e. what can the apprentice do today that they couldn’t previously.

Progress review (tri-partite) meetings do not only support apprentices on their learning journey but they also form part of the evidence of engagement with the programme for funding purposes. If an apprentice fails to attend reviews and otherwise does not engage, the University is obliged to interrupt their studies and suspended funding.

Records from these meetings will be used for ESFA and Ofsted audit purposes.

Learners on our apprentice programmes have full access to all Northumbria University  services delivering learning, careers and wellbeing support services:

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