BPP UNIVERSITY

Skills Development Coach, Legal Apprenticeships

7 days left

Location
England, United Kingdom
Salary
Competitive
Posted
11 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
24 Jul 2019
Ref
2719
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Location: Nationwide
Closing date: 24/07/2019
Salary: Competitive
Employment type: Permanent
Department: Law School -Law School

Roles based in London, Leeds and Manchester

Apprentices are required to create a portfolio of the work they carry out in their workplace and their reflections on it which evidences how they have met the apprenticeship outcomes. For Paralegal apprentices, the portfolio forms the basis of an external interview assessment, whilst for Solicitor apprentices, it is simply signed off as completed before the apprentice can progress to their end point assessment.

For the BPP University awards associated with each of these apprenticeships, the portfolio has an additional purpose, recording the acquisition and development of skills for the work-based learning module(s), including Client Care, Legal Research and Professional Practice Skills (‘PPS’) which is/are assessed through coursework.

The role of the Skills Development Coach essentially is to guide the apprentice to successful completion of a portfolio for the apprenticeship and the coursework for the BPP award. Training will be provided at the start of the role and on an ongoing basis.

Job Background

Legal apprenticeship programmes have been delivered by BPP University Law School since 2016. An apprenticeship is a job role that is accompanied by a sustained period of training that develops an apprentice to meet the occupational requirements specified on an Apprenticeship Standard. An Apprenticeship Standard is written by a designated employer group, for approval by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IFA). Apprenticeships are funded jointly between the government and an employer, and consist of three distinct phases; (1) On Programme; (2) Gateway and (3) End Point Assessment. BPP works in partnership with employers to deliver a sustained period of training during the On-Programme phase. At Gateway, the employer, training provider and apprentice reconcile this learning to ensure the outcomes on the Apprenticeship Standard have been met. An apprentice will progress to the End Point Assessment phase once it is agreed all occupational requirements have been met. This phase is managed by an independent End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO), who assesses whether an apprentice has met the requirements of the Apprenticeship Standard by reference to the criteria in the Apprenticeship Assessment Plan. Our goal is to deliver an apprenticeship that includes a high quality, externally recognised academic qualification, accompanied by effective work-based coaching and development.

Key Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Supporting apprentices in achieving the apprenticeship outcomes and applying their knowledge, skills and behaviours in the workplace.
  • Coaching apprentices through the process of collecting evidence, preparing reflective statements and collating evidence in their portfolio.
  • Delivering group coaching sessions, face to face or online, and designing and updating materials to support these sessions.
  • Reviewing evidence against the apprenticeship outcomes and coaching the apprentice to consider the extent to which that evidence demonstrates the relevant outcome(s).
  • Reviewing apprentice reflections on their evidence and guiding apprentices to improve those reflections.
  • Assisting apprentices with identifying gaps in evidence and providing suggestions for opportunities to evidence outstanding apprentice outcomes.
  • Helping apprentices identify and select evidence for inclusion in their final portfolio ready for internal or external review and/or assessment.
  • Arranging meetings each term with apprentices by Skype/telephone/face to face as may be required.
  • Marking and providing feedback for formative and summative assessments linked to workplace evidence and apprentice portfolios.
  • Compliance with all relevant regulatory requirements and policies including tracking progress of learners and maintaining accurate learner records.
  • Working closely with the law school's apprenticeship managers to support learners, make interventions and implement individual learner action plans.
  • Keeping up to date with, applying and disseminating best practice in work based learning, portfolios and reflection to other Skills Development Coaches, the legal apprenticeship team and the wider BPP law school.

Development Opportunities

This role will develop your skills as a facilitator, teacher and coach. Formal and information training and development opportunities will be offered in coaching, facilitation, assessment drafting, competency assessment and providing feedback. You will also be introduced to senior management in the wider BPP organisation. You will have regular appraisals with your line manager at which development opportunities will be discussed.

As a Skills Development Coach you are part of a large community of coaches that support various apprenticeship programmes so there is experience to draw upon from the relationships you will develop across BPP. Formal training opportunities are also available through our University Education Services Team and Learning and Development at BPP.

Job Background

Legal apprenticeship programmes have been delivered by BPP University Law School since 2016. An apprenticeship is a job role that is accompanied by a sustained period of training that develops an apprentice to meet the occupational requirements specified on an Apprenticeship Standard. An Apprenticeship Standard is written by a designated employer group, for approval by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IFA). Apprenticeships are funded jointly between the government and an employer, and consist of three distinct phases; (1) On Programme; (2) Gateway and (3) End Point Assessment. BPP works in partnership with employers to deliver a sustained period of training during the On-Programme phase. At Gateway, the employer, training provider and apprentice reconcile this learning to ensure the outcomes on the Apprenticeship Standard have been met. An apprentice will progress to the End Point Assessment phase once it is agreed all occupational requirements have been met. This phase is managed by an independent End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO), who assesses whether an apprentice has met the requirements of the Apprenticeship Standard by reference to the criteria in the Apprenticeship Assessment Plan. Our goal is to deliver an apprenticeship that includes a high quality, externally recognised academic qualification, accompanied by effective work-based coaching and development.

Key Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Supporting apprentices in achieving the apprenticeship outcomes and applying their knowledge, skills and behaviours in the workplace.
  • Coaching apprentices through the process of collecting evidence, preparing reflective statements and collating evidence in their portfolio.
  • Delivering group coaching sessions, face to face or online, and designing and updating materials to support these sessions.
  • Reviewing evidence against the apprenticeship outcomes and coaching the apprentice to consider the extent to which that evidence demonstrates the relevant outcome(s).
  • Reviewing apprentice reflections on their evidence and guiding apprentices to improve those reflections.
  • Assisting apprentices with identifying gaps in evidence and providing suggestions for opportunities to evidence outstanding apprentice outcomes.
  • Helping apprentices identify and select evidence for inclusion in their final portfolio ready for internal or external review and/or assessment.
  • Arranging meetings each term with apprentices by Skype/telephone/face to face as may be required.
  • Marking and providing feedback for formative and summative assessments linked to workplace evidence and apprentice portfolios.
  • Compliance with all relevant regulatory requirements and policies including tracking progress of learners and maintaining accurate learner records.
  • Working closely with the law school's apprenticeship managers to support learners, make interventions and implement individual learner action plans.
  • Keeping up to date with, applying and disseminating best practice in work based learning, portfolios and reflection to other Skills Development Coaches, the legal apprenticeship team and the wider BPP law school.

Development Opportunities

This role will develop your skills as a facilitator, teacher and coach. Formal and information training and development opportunities will be offered in coaching, facilitation, assessment drafting, competency assessment and providing feedback. You will also be introduced to senior management in the wider BPP organisation. You will have regular appraisals with your line manager at which development opportunities will be discussed.

As a Skills Development Coach you are part of a large community of coaches that support various apprenticeship programmes so there is experience to draw upon from the relationships you will develop across BPP. Formal training opportunities are also available through our University Education Services Team and Learning and Development at BPP.

For role requirements please refer to the full job description

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