Written by Rod Harris, Operations Director, Intequal, this article explores the benefits of blended learning within apprenticeship standards.
Learning while you’re earning is a popular career path for many young people so it’s hardly surprising that, according to the British Council, there are currently over 900,000 people on an apprenticeship in the UK.
Employing an apprentice is now straightforward and 89% of employers say they make their business more productive. But with most apprentices working the equivalent of a full-time job, employers can find it a juggling act to manage workloads if their apprentices have to go off-site for training or to attend college.
This is where blended learning comes into its own, and explains why the practical method is becoming the preferred way of delivering training in many of the new apprenticeship standards.
Blended – or hybrid – learning connects learners with their trainers online through chat rooms and live lectures. This means that they don’t have to leave their workplace in order to interact with their tutors or fellow students. Instead, they can access videos of lectures, track their progress and view supporting materials related to their assignments, like PowerPoint presentations and relevant articles.