Tungsten Training Centre's Collaboration for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

We are thrilled to share an exciting collaboration we have embarked upon with a group of esteemed partners, Skills Office Network, Sport Structures, Pride Hair and Get Active Education on the AWD Partner project. This remarkable initiative, funded by the Department for Education (DFE), aims to revolutionise the workforce by delivering apprenticeships. Out of a significant volume of tenders, we are proud to be among the ten successful collaborators across England. The project focuses on Recognised Prior Learning (RPL), and we are privileged to work alongside Rebecca Rhodes from the Skills Funding Agency, contributing our skills and knowledge to support other providers nationwide.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) ensures that apprenticeship funding is allocated appropriately. RPL refers to assessing and recognising individuals' knowledge and skills acquired through previous qualifications or experiences. It enables us to avoid unnecessary duplication of learning and allows learners to progress efficiently on their apprenticeship journey.

Our collaborative project aims to create a comprehensive workforce pack that provides seamless support to new and existing team members when dealing with apprentices who have already gained qualifications. This toolkit will offer valuable guidance on policy, process, real-life scenarios, and continuous professional development (CPD) for teams across all sectors. By doing so, we aim to streamline the RPL process, ensuring that funding is not claimed unnecessarily and learners are not required to repeat their learning.

At Tungsten Training Centre, we have encountered numerous apprenticeship applications from learners who have previously completed Electrical or Plumbing Level 1 and 2 qualifications. While awarding bodies have their criteria for exemptions, more precise direction or training is needed to assist both apprentices and our teams in understanding the RPL process. This collaboration provides us with an exceptional opportunity to address these challenges, benefiting our organisation and the wider apprenticeship community.

Our collaboration on the AWD Partner project for RPL signifies a significant step forward in revolutionising the delivery of apprenticeships. By developing a comprehensive workforce pack and streamlining the RPL process, we aim to ensure that learners who have gained qualifications before starting their apprenticeships can progress smoothly without unnecessary duplication. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with exceptional partners and individuals, contributing to the growth and development of apprenticeship providers across the UK.

Stay tuned for more updates on our journey to transform apprenticeship experiences and enhance future workforce skills. Together, we can shape a brighter future for apprenticeships in the UK.