Hello and Welcome,
In this newsletter we will be updating you on the following:
- General Update
- New Additions to the OAL Family
- OAL Portal Development
- Qualification of the Month
- EPA Update
- On-line FREE Webinar training events in May & June 2021
- Functional Skills Flexibilities for EPA
2021 marches on and we are into May already! As the various constraints of lockdown continue to ease we are able to offer more face to face EPA, on request, but in the interests of public safety are still advising remote EPA where possible. If you would like face-to-face EPA please request this through email@example.com prior to booking. The team at OAL are working hard to ensure every apprentice is assessed in the most appropriate way for their individual circumstances and as ever we keep the apprentice at the heart of everything we do.
In this month’s newsletter we will look at the latest Awarding Centres to join OAL, the continuing development of the OAL Portal, shine a light on not just one but two OAL qualifications, provide a general EPA update and look at the range of webinars and training events that we will host throughout May and June that are exclusive and free to all OAL customers.
New Additions to the OAL Family
OAL welcomes four new training providers to our ever increasing family of Awarding Centres. Guardian Angels, SR Apprenticeships, Complete Lean Solutions and Skills Office Network have all joined OAL as Approved Centres, having successfully applied for Centre Approval. Guardian Angels will be delivering the OAL L5 Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety and more excitingly have been instrumental in the development of a new qualification the OAL Level 3 Award in Epilepsy and Administration of Buccal Midazolam. SR Apprenticeships will be delivering the OAL Level 3 Diploma in Supply Chain Practice as well as working with us for EPA on the Supply Chain Warehouse Operative and Supply Chain Practitioner Apprenticeship Standards. Complete Lean Solutions will be delivering the OAL L2 Diploma in Manufacturing (see more about this qualification later on in the newsletter) as well as working with us for EPA across our range of Lean and Continuous Improvement standards, including Lean Manufacturing Operative. And last but not least Skills Office Network will also be working with us on the OAL L2 Diploma in Manufacturing, the OAL L2 Award in Health & Safety in the Food Supply Chain Business and also partnering with OAL for EPA. We are pleased to welcome them to OAL and look forward to working with them in the future.
OAL Portal Development
You may have noticed you now have new options and forms to complete through the online portal, covering both qualifications and End Point Assessment. A further release in May will add to the forms as we work towards having the majority of our standard communications and applications submitted through the portal. This month, you will be able to report any instances of Malpractice or Maladministration; together with the release for Complaints, Appeals and Enquiries. The Enquiry form needs to be used for Reasonable Adjustments/Special Consideration applications, as well as any requests to remark a Knowledge Test as part of End Point Assessment.
Full training is available for the use of these new forms and on the updates to EPA forms on the OAL Portal. Please see the events calendar on the OAL Website and also at the end of this newsletter.
Qualification of the Month
Each month this section of the OAL Newsletter we will focus on a specific OAL Qualification. To get us started with a bang, this month only, we are going to focus on two OAL qualifications.
OAL L3 Diploma in Food & Drink Engineering Maintenance (FDEM)
We have a fantastic and long-standing reputation for our End Point Assessment Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer package and the service that we offer our provider and employer partners for this End Point Assessment but did you know that we also offer the FDEM qualification? This Level 3 Diploma is a mandated qualification required to achieve Gateway for the Food & Drink Maintenance Engineer Apprenticeship Standard. The OAL L3 Diploma is the only qualification that is fully mapped to cover the entirety of the standard and unlike any other qualification on the market, not only covers the engineering elements of the standard but also:
- Food Processing (Including Food Manufacturing/Processing Product Knowledge)
- Quality (Including Quality Management Systems)
- Continuous Improvement
- Compliance (including VACCP & TACCP)
If you want reassurance that your delivery is meeting all of this complex and challenging standard, the OAL L3 Diploma is the only qualification you need. For more information and to download the full qualification specification visit the OAL website.