Whether you’ve just started on your apprenticeship journey or are considering applying for one, you’ll need to understand what an apprenticeship review is!
These 1-1 sessions take place with your Apprenticeship Coach and are designed to support you and keep you on track, making sure that you’re evidencing the knowledge, skills and behaviours outlined in the apprenticeship standard.
In this blog, we’re discussing all things apprenticeship reviews to make sure you know what to expect when you attend one and to help you make the most out of them!
WHAT IS COVERED IN AN APPRENTICESHIP REVIEW?
This question is a tough one to answer as every review session will be personalised and tailored depending on your progress and learning style – but there are always common themes! Your coach is likely to discuss your progress so far, your health and wellbeing and they’ll answer any questions you may have about your apprenticeship.
HOW OFTEN DO APPRENTICESHIP REVIEWS TAKE PLACE?
So, how frequently are these catch-ups? How long does each review take? Well, this completely depends on where you’re at in your apprenticeship journey, however, most reviews will take place every 12 weeks. Your Line Manager will also be invited to attend your review sessions to provide an update on your progress in the workplace and provide examples of how you map projects that you’re working on to the Apprenticeship Standard.
WHAT SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY REVIEW?
We advise you to come to your apprenticeship reviews prepared with any questions or concerns you have in order to get the most out of the time you have with your Coach.
A top tip is to come prepared with updates to give your Coach on the progress you’ve made since your last session. These could include significant achievements and key projects you have worked on, preparation is key and will help you to talk more confidently about your work.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REVIEW AND A SUPPORT SESSION?
Progress reviews and support sessions go hand in hand. While progress reviews measure the distance you’ve travelled since you started your apprenticeship, support sessions focus on gathering evidence and building the skills required to complete your workplace projects to the highest standard.
At the end of both of these meetings, you’ll always receive an email from your Apprenticeship Coach setting you some new targets and goals to work towards.
Ultimately, reviews are nothing to be scared of, they’re put in place so you know that you have someone to talk to who can provide you with guidance while making sure you’re on track to complete your apprenticeship!