Background:

To support the widening participation agenda across the multi-industry sectors, 1Qual was initiated in 2018 to support an increase in opportunities for Employers to further meet workforce development objectives through seeing more existing staff having the opportunity to engage with Nationally Accredited Functional Skills  Maths & English Qualifications. Initiated through a collaboration of Health Education England and NHS Employers who worked extensively with Kieran K & Partners on project plans, and an Ofsted registered Grade 2 RoATP Registered Training Provider, JM Excellence in Training, 1Qual offers a solution with a heightened focus on flexibility. This is achieved through adopting an online teaching & learning model which creates an alternative provider of Adult Education tailored to the needs of Employers, Academic staff and students, i.e. increasing volume of staff able to engage in CPD through reducing the volume of time away from work and aligning delivery models to shift patterns and job roles. 1Qual has grown and expanded to become integral to supporting, not only NHS Service Providers, but multi-industry employers with the National drive towards creating a ‘home grown’ workforce of the future.

Working as a sub-contracting partner to UK wide Higher Education Institutes and Employers through offering a specialist solution which encompasses several pathways to the completion of Functional Skills Maths and English depending on each individual learner needs.

 

Key benefits:

  • A heightened focus on flexible learning which helps to reduce time ‘off the job’
  • Opportunity for learners to attend a tutor led session at a time which fits in with the needs of their employer and aligns with sudden changes to shift patterns
  • Focused tutorials with no more than 3 in any online session for Functional Skills
  • Flexibility for Employers as well as learners with regards to tutorial time slots
  • Readily available weekly and monthly online reports for primary Apprenticeship Provider and to support Ofsted auditing
  • Learners able to attend their allocated tutorial or ‘keep in touch’ session with their tutor at any location and through logging in to their online 1Qual account on any device (smart phone, tablet, laptop, desktop PC)
  • Learners able to seek support from assigned weekly tutorial slots and ‘keep in touch’ 1-2-1 sessions when needed for topic clarification or exam anxiety support
  • Provides a robust solution for Higher Education Institutes and Employer providers to meet recruitment objectives through being able to accept new learners on to Apprenticeship programmes who require a Level 2 equivalent in Maths and English

 

1Qual offer multiple completion pathways for Functional Skills qualifications & Tailored Training to ensure there is a learning approach which meets the needs of all Higher Education, NHS & Business Apprentices, Staff & Managers within our partner Organisations. 

How it Works:

Initiative is operationalised through forming a working partnership with a Government Registered Training provider, JM Excellence in Training The following points provide an outline of how staff & Employers engage with 1Qual courses:

  • Partner NHS Trust, HE Apprenticeship Provider or Employer having an initial discussion with a 1Qual Account Manager to ensure bespoke provision can be created if needed and to meet the needs of each partner Organisation
  • Employers / staff complete the 1Qual learner data record to inform the provider of all core details
  • Staff looking to complete their courses complete a learner questionnaire
  • Upon completion of the questionnaire, each learner receives an online induction for a course overview and to discuss agreed course start dates and tutorial time slots which best align with existing shift patterns

One of the following qualification completion pathways is offered to each learner based on their existing skill set and individual needs:

  • 1Qual tutor-led online provision of Functional Skills
    • Targeting staff who require a fully taught course
    • A heightened focus on flexible learning which helps to reduce time ‘off the job’
    • Opportunity for learners to attend a tutor led session at a time which fits in with the needs of their employer and aligns with sudden changes to shift patterns
    • Focused tutorials with no more than 3 in any online session for Functional Skills
    • Flexibility for Employers as well as learners with regards to tutorial time slots
    • Readily available weekly and monthly online reports for NHS Employer Learning and Development leads.
    • Learners able to attend their allocated tutorial or ‘keep in touch’ session with their tutor at any location and through logging in to their online 1Qual account on any device (smart phone, tablet, laptop, desktop PC)
    • Learners able to seek support from assigned weekly tutorial slots and ‘keep in touch’ 1-2-1 sessions when needed for topic clarification or exam anxiety support
  • 1Qual-OSonline solution for self-directed FS Qualifications

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  • Targeting staff who have an existing skill set to complete a self-directed course
  • Flexible and timely completion of self-directed Functional Skills courses
  • Opportunity for NHS staff who may have the required ability in Maths and English to acquire the certification required to evidence their Level 2 qualifications without completing a fully taught course – response to the ‘I need my certificate to get a place on my chosen Apprenticeship’ issue
  • Access to guided learning modules and progress monitoring mock exam activities
  • Complimentary access to Functional Skills learning tools such as BKSB as well as 1Qual learning modules tailored to the Accredited Functional Skills examination all learners will sit upon completion
  • Offers awarding body registration and examination preparation sessions delivered live by 1Qual tutor experts
  • Offers Speaking, Listening and Communication support for FS English

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