Apprenticeship Workforce Development - The ETF

The Apprenticeship Workforce Development (AWD) offer, launched in January 2021, supports staff delivering apprenticeships in the FE sector with the teaching skills, subject knowledge and confidence they need for the benefit of their learners. 

The AWD online CPD is available free of charge and allows trainers and leaders, once an account and profile has been created, to engage with the training when it is suitable for them. The offer is split up into eight courses across four strands:

1. Assessor to Teacher

(AWD01): Understanding How We Learn
(AWD02): Developing How to Teach

2. Effective Technical Teaching

(AWD03): Enhancing Pedagogy and Professional Practice
(AWD04): Preparing for End Point Assessment Success

3. Technical Curriculum Design

(AWD05): Effective Curriculum Design in Practice
(AWD06): Principles & Models of Curriculum Design

4. Apprenticeship Leadership

(AWD07) Developing Your Team
(AWD08) Effective Use of Resources


The eight courses, available through our Professional Development Platform, will help improve the apprentices’ experience and reduce withdrawal rates.

On the launch of AWD, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills Gillian Keegan said:

“As set out in our Skills for Jobs White Paper, this comprehensive package of professional development will support training providers to deliver higher quality teaching, curriculum design, preparation for end point assessment and overall apprenticeship management.

“This training offers an authoritative foundation in apprenticeship delivery as we ask for even better quality from our training providers. It will also give even more confidence to employers as they invest in the apprenticeship levy and help to ensure that every apprentice benefits from high-quality management and teaching.”

To keep informed of developments in the ETF’s Apprenticeship and Technical Education support, sign up to the Technical Education/Apprenticeships newsletter by filling out your details and ticking the appropriate box.

Download the Apprenticeship Workforce Development overview flyer.


Watch Cerian Ayres, ETF’s National Head of Technical Education, and Charlotte Bonner, ETF’s National Head of Education for Sustainable Development, discuss apprenticeships and Education for Sustainable Development in ‘Preparing apprentices for the world of work, and the work of the world’ recorded at AELP’s 2021 Spring Conference.

Supporting information

Within the context of the apprenticeship reforms and the government’s target to deliver 3 million apprentices by 2020, our support for apprenticeships will help managers, teachers, trainers, assessors, employers, leaders and those involved in governance to make the transition from apprenticeship frameworks to delivery of standards, ensuring effective preparation for end-point assessment.

There are five key areas of support:

  • understanding requirements, systems, delivery and capacity
  • planning for transition and delivery
  • delivering apprenticeship standards
  • preparing for End-Point Assessment
  • innovation and delivery improvement.

This programme builds on the success of the Future Apprenticeships programme which delivered high quality continuing professional development to almost 7000 colleagues. The legacy resources of this programme will remain accessible to providers. The new offer supports workforce development through the pivotal stage of technical education reform to build capacity for improvement in teaching, learning and assessment, ensuring successful outcomes for individuals, communities and business.

If you have any queries about support for apprenticeships, please contact Cerian Ayres.


Have your say

We are really keen to hear how the programme has supported you, the benefit it has had for you and your staff, and the resulting impact on the learners and employers you work with. Your response will enable us to capture the benefits of the programme for the sector, as well as helping to shape the support that would be most useful to you in future.

Email us at enquiries@etfoundation.co.uk


Watch our video with Stephenson College’s Principal and CEO Nigel Leigh as he talks about ‘putting apprenticeships at the heart of a college’.

Specific support for maths and English in apprenticeships is also available through our Maths and English offer.

For more information about the support and resources available through our apprenticeship offer, please have a look at the online flyer.