If a learner starts on an Apprenticeship and they already have GCSE C grades or equivalent. Is there an expectation from the ESFA that there would be an Initial Assessment Test and a Diagnostic Test done with this learner to determine any gaps in learning?
Where the Apprentice has evidence of prior achievement that exempts them from the Maths and English requirement in the funding rules there is no requirement in the funding rules for them to undertake an assessment for Maths and English.
In all other respects you would carry out an initial assessment as required in the funding rules.
P200. You must assess the individual’s prior learning before starting the apprenticeship. You must quantify and evidence the proportion of prior learning already attained, quantify the proportion of off-the-job training content that will not be covered, and quantify the amount that the funding will be reduced by.
P201. You must include a thorough appraisal of the apprentice’s existing knowledge, skills and behaviours against those required to achieve occupational competence. Where applicable, you must include in your appraisal any knowledge, skills and behaviours gained from the following:
P201.1 work experience, particularly where the apprentice is an existing employee;
P201.2 prior education or training and associated qualifications in a related sector subject area; and
P201.3 any previous apprenticeship undertaken.
P202. The initial assessment must be documented in the evidence pack.