The employers of the Tech Partnership are delighted to announce that they have selected NSAR (the National Skills Academy for Rail) to support them in the delivery of the external quality assurance of the end-point assessment of level 3 and level 4 digital apprentices.
With nearly 10,000 people having started on one of the new digital apprenticeship standards, a robust process for external quality assurance is key to ensuring that apprentices get the best possible start in their career and are immediately productive in the workplace. High quality digital apprenticeships open new opportunities that make a real difference to businesses of all sizes and sectors.
Jenny Taylor, UK Foundation Leader from IBM, and chair of the Digital Trailblazer steering group, explains: “We were impressed with NSAR’s commitment to digital and their understanding of its significance across the economy, as well as their determination to work with the digital employers to ensure that the EQA model meets their needs and delivers real value.”
Tim Clayton, Head of Technology at Sainsbury’s, who chairs the Digital Apprenticeship Quality Board, comments: “The Tech Partnership has been both inspirational and instrumental thus far in helping us develop the national infrastructure for Digital Apprenticeships. I am delighted that the appointment of NSAR will allow the baton to be passed on seamlessly to a successor organisation who have demonstrated that they are as committed to the employer led digital skills agenda as we are. I look forward to establishing an effective partnership.”
Neil Robertson, Chief Executive of NSAR said: “I am really pleased that NSAR has been appointed to provide the EQA service for the digital industries. This builds on our deep experience with apprenticeships at all levels, the EQA service we provide for the rail industry, and our understanding of the criticality of digital skills to performance and productivity improvement. We look forward to working with employers and stakeholders to help ensure the quality of digital apprenticeships across all sectors.”
The employers on the Digital Apprenticeship Quality Board, and staff from the Tech Partnership, will work closely with NSAR over the next couple of months to ensure a managed transition and smooth handover.