Inspire Middlesex College benefits from the fact that the Director, Tutors, Assessors and Internal Quality Assurance services have extensive experience gained through working in the industry as practicing Pharmacists and various other roles; PhD specialist Pharmacist at Chelsea Westminster Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital, West Middlesex Hospital, Integrated Care Clinical Pharmacist in Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and a senior specialist Pharmacist of Neurosciences at Great Ormond Street Hospital. They support Inspire through ensuring that training is up to date, relevant and meet the needs of employers and apprentices.
As an added value service to employers, Inspire offers a Free Apprentice recruitment service which sources candidates, pre vets them for suitability and ensures that they can meet the demands of the technical elements of the Apprenticeship qualification. Employers are then invited to interview potential applicants to ensure a cultural fit with the organisation.
Prior to entering into an apprenticeship, Inspire Middlesex College works with the learner on a programme of self-development, including interviewing and CV writing, motivation and confidence building and a thorough induction programme commencing with an in-depth Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) session, BKSB diagnostics to identify improvements in English and maths, introduction to working with Inspire Middlesex College, expectations of the Apprenticeship delivery programme, roles and responsibilities of the Apprentice, employer and Inspire. In developing the individual Learner Plan (ILP) additional Learning Support needs are identified and planned into the delivery programme.
Our streamlined high quality delivery process will enable employers to get the right flexible training model which meets their individual business needs whilst benefitting from the expertise of the Inspire team.
Inspire Middlesex College ensures that the apprenticeship training combines sharing skills with workforce peers, encourages off the job training and provides mentoring support. The delivery model simultaneously develops technical competence as well as networking opportunities for the apprentice. Classroom based learning is delivered in groups to enable apprentices to share ideas, develop communication skills and an apprentice alumni for continued support. Numbers within cohorts are carefully controlled to ensure excellence in apprenticeship delivery and experience. Apprentices are encouraged to use Inspires e-portfolio system (Onefile), which includes the use of webinars, additional resources and virtual learning experiences supported by 1-2- 1 work-based visits on a four- weekly basis.
Inspire Middlesex College operates an open door policy for apprentices, delivery methodology is designed to motivate and engage learners to take control of their development, stretch and challenge targets are incorporated into delivery to add value to the process and inspire apprentices to progress into higher level programmes.
Inspire has been externally audited by Ofsted in 2015 as part of Hackney Community College apprenticeship funding supply chain. Inspire was found to have exemplary employer relationships, had established a robust network across London and the Home Counties of employers that view Apprenticeships as the route to gaining a technical qualification as well as a reputation for delivery excellence. Delivery of qualifications were found to have high achievement and retention rates.
Inspire Middlesex College has robust quality systems and processes aligned with Ofsted requirements and the Common Inspection Framework. Lesson observations are carried out on a quarterly basis by IQA’s and external audits ensure high quality training is offered. IAG and Induction practices are included in the quality cycle. Equality of opportunity and recognition of diversity are promoted through teaching and learning. Leaders and Managers set high expectations for learner attainment and organisation achievement rates. Use of electronic portfolio systems enables management, apprentices and employers to be able to get real time information and identify risks in apprentice attainment at an early stage in order to put in place a support programme. Class profiles are continually reviewed to ensure apprentice engagement.
Employer and learner feed-back is actively sought in order to inform delivery and make improvements where necessary.
Inspire Middlesex College engages employers through a number of different marketing channels: Direct relationships and recommendations, National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) referrals, recommendations, specialist employer engagement team, the Inspire website, attending trade fairs, awarding body website, school career fairs, lead provider, and relevant stakeholder partnerships.
Inspire Middlesex College has worked with on average 60 Apprentices each year, at Level 3 for the past two years and have a reputation for delivering excellence. 90% of the apprentices were with businesses which employ less than 25 people, have small workforces where the apprentice is a valued and much needed member of the team.
NHS, Tesco Pharmacy, Touchwood Pharmacy, Guardian pharmacy LTD, Hannigan Pharmacy.
Previous apprentice references can be provided on request.
Inspire Middlesex College, has the professional knowledge, competence and capacity to deliver Pharmacy based qualifications. Ensuring that Apprenticeship Levy spend realises Value for Money, meets the needs of the Trust and its Pharmacy Workforce through delivering High Quality flexible technical apprenticeships.
Inspire is currently working with employers on Apprenticeship Levy implementation programmes which are tailored to meet the needs of individual employers – scheduled for April 2017.