The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has today launched a new apprentice satisfaction survey.

It comes a week after the Department for Education scrapped this year’s FE Choices learner satisfaction survey, which included apprentices, on the basis to do so would “reduce the impact and burden on the public during this [coronavirus] crisis”.

The IfATE’s online survey will be run by its panel of apprentices, which has recently recruited 20 new members.

Questions will focus on the duration and quality of training apprentices across the country are receiving as well as their end-point assessment experience.

They will also be asked for the average percentage of their working hours spent doing off-the-job training.

It will also ask apprentices for comments on the impact that Covid-19 is having on their learning.

Jennifer Coupland, chief executive of the IfATE, said: “I’m delighted that this new survey will help us to gather more information and feedback from apprentices than we have ever done before.”

She added that she would like to “welcome” the institute’s new apprentice panel members, who have joined six existing members staying on for a second year.

“They will play an important role in providing the institute, along with employers who help us develop new apprenticeships, with invaluable insight into the experiences of the people who matter most – the apprentices themselves,” Coupland said.

“This is more important than ever in these challenging times.”

The institute said each apprentice panel member has been tasked with supporting “apprenticeship standards related to their own apprenticeship, grouped into different ‘occupational routes’”.

They report to institute-run groups of employers who make decisions over the future of apprenticeships, known as “route panels”, as well as the IfATE’s board.

The apprentice satisfaction survey will close on 29 May. It can be viewed here:

The members of the IfATE’s panel of apprentices:

Amber Storey, Historic Environment Advice Assistant (level 4)

Joel Roach, Chartered Manager Degree (level 6)

Saarah Zaman, HR Consultant (level 5)

Luke Grayston, Joiner (level 2)

Jade Jones, Digital Marketer (level 4)

Jamilah Simpson, (former) Digital Marketer (level 3)

Marcus Kaye, Data Analyst (level 4)

Ekansh Sharma, Digital and technology solutions (level 6)

Amelia Russell, Business Administrator (Level 3)

Dillon Jones, Installation Electrician/ Maintenance Electrician (Level 3)

Raisa Matadar, Engineering Technician (Level 3)

Zuza Wnekowska, Aerospace engineer (level 6)

Louis Curtis, Mineral Products Technology Higher Apprenticeship (Level 5)

Leon Jacobs, Manufacturing Engineer (level 6)

Kat Pricos, Food Industry Technical Degree (Level 6)

Benjamin McKenna, Science Electrical Engineering Technician (level 5)

John Alfred, Hair Professional (Level 2)

Jacqueline Kankam-Hoppe, Advanced and Creative Hair Professional (Level 3)

Nikki Greaves, Laboratory scientist (Level 5)

Sam Davies, Laboratory Technician (Level 3)

Angela Hogg, Digital Technology Solutions Specialist (Level 6)

Samantha Ross, Solicitor (Level 7)

Ricardo Costa, Commercial Procurement and Supply (Level 4)

Molly Parnham, Junior Management Consultant (level 4)

David John, Bus and Coach engineering technician (Level 3)

Joel Shevlin, Transport Planning Technician (level 3)


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  1. Phil Hatton

    I am sure that this is well-meaning and done with the best possible intentions but the makeup of the panel members and the apprenticeship levels that they are taking immediately shows that no one with a working quality improvement background has been involved. Simple rule of thumb would be to look at the numbers of apprentices taking standards and at what levels and areas of study and recruit with reflecting this in mind as a focus on being representative. Of 26 apprentice panel members, only nine are level 2 and 3 [less than 35%] while the rest range from level 4 to 7. That is not representative of apprentices nationally.
    The various government inspired surveys previously undertaken by funding bodies and Ofsted have a serious negative impact on apprentices completing the quality improvement surveys of training providers and colleges as apprentices do not get why the same kinds of questions are asked repeatedly and they get ‘survey burnout’. Ofsted should be able to complete survey reports on the introduction of standards to inform all government departments. Take the burden away from ITPs and colleges please!!