Insights Introducing Probation Apprenticeships
22 February 2018

Introducing Probation Apprenticeships

Probation Apprenticeships

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (KSS CRC), part of the Seetec Group, is leading on pioneering work to develop two probation apprenticeship schemes that will be used by other CRCs and Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS).

Within probation, the aim of developing apprenticeships is to make training more accessible and to ensure high standards of professionalism in the field. Probation apprenticeships are due to be up and running by September 2018.

KSS CRC is working with Interserve - who run the Humberside, Lincolnshire & North Yorkshire CRC - as well as Skills for Justice on this trailblazer apprenticeships project. A trailblazer apprenticeship project is made up of a group of employers who work together to design new apprenticeship standards for occupations within their sectors.

The project is supported by all 21 CRCs - as well as HMPPS - who attend the working groups to help devise the apprenticeship standards and assessment methods.

Developing the new probation apprenticeship standards

Standards are being developed for two different probation qualifications:

- Level 3 (equivalent to A Level)
Rehabilitation Services apprenticeships qualification (Probation Service Officer)

- Level 6 (equivalent to a degree)
Graduate in Probation apprenticeship qualification (Probation Officer).

Each step of the process has to be approved by the Institute of Apprenticeships against rigorous criteria. Both apprenticeship standard proposals for the two probation qualifications have successfully passed the bar, and the group is now turning its focus to assessment planning. 

Building workforce skills within probation

At Seetec we know that a skilled workforce is essential to delivering successful rehabilitation services that help people on probation to change their behaviour.

Having employers at the forefront of apprenticeship development ensures that the programmes deliver training which is highly relevant to business and industry.

We're delighted that probation staff will soon have access to high quality apprenticeship programmes that help them build the skills, knowledge and experience they need to develop into excellent practitioners.

For more information about apprenticeships or the services we deliver please get in touch.