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Getting Started with your Apprenticeship

Welcome to your Policy Officer Apprenticeship with The JGA Group. This page will help you get started with your apprenticeship.

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Apprenticeship Overview & Delivery Model

The Policy Officer apprenticeship programme is an 18-month programme and the standard is made up of 10 core modules. There are also two End Point Assessment (EPA) preparation sessions. Seminars are held remotely via Teams or Zoom, supplemented with online learning tools and self-study materials. Progress is recorded via an online tool (OneFile).

It is a requirement of the government that over the course of the apprenticeship you spend at least 20% of your time completing activities which are not part of your day-to-day job role. This is called off-the-job training. If you do not have GCSE/O Level grades A-C/4-9 in English and maths, JGA will provide you with teaching to achieve an equivalent Functional Skills qualification.

Module Summary

  • Your organisation & team structure, strategy, vision & values
  • Your role and responsibilities within the organisation
  • Other policy environments & roles & how you can/should link to you
  • The policy area in which you work, the policy aims of where you work, how your policy area fits within & across your organisation (including other policy teams)
  • History and structure of Parliament
  • Differences between Parliament and Government
  • Role of the monarchy in relation to Government and legislation
  • Common parliamentary activity, including how laws are made
  • Role of parliamentary committees in relation to policy
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Your Tutors & Coaches

The full team involved in teaching and coaching for the Policy Apprenticeship.

Drew Lindon
Tutor, Skills Coach & Programme Lead

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Andrew Wyatt

Andrew Wyatt
Tutor

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Vicky Lane
Tutor & Skills Coach

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Maurice Diamond

Maurice Diamond
Tutor

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Ollie Kasper

Ollie Kasper Hope
Tutor & Skills Coach

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Catherine Baker

Catherine Baker
Tutor & Skills Coach

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Stanley Silva

Stanley Silva
Skills Coach

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Ben French

Ben French
Skills Coach

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Alex Marshall
Skills Coach

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Nadine Jump
Progress Adviser

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Matt Houlihan
Skills Coach

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Jo Cowin

Jo Cowin
Progress Adviser

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Jo Larkin

Jo Larkin
Progress Adviser

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Explaining the Roles

There are three key roles in the team which will support your apprenticeship. Some members of staff cover more than one of these.

Your tutor will lead you through your workshops or seminars and deliver a large proportion of the knowledge elements of your apprenticeship with you.

Your coach will meet with you each month to help develop and evidence your skills and behaviours within the workplace. Your line manager will attend part of this session. They will help you gather evidence to demonstrate your overall competency.

Your learner progress adviser will help provide additional support where needed and monitor your progress. You will meet with them, and your line manager, every three months.

Your E-Portfolio: OneFile

We use One File as our e-portfolio system. This is where your assignments will be set, you will submit your work and you will log your off-the-job training.

Your regular reviews will be stored on here as will some resources for your course. You will complete a learning journal, be able to monitor your progress towards your Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours and refer to your workplace training plan.

We will provide you with training on how to use OneFile as well as ongoing support when it is needed. You can access the OneFile support page and book training via the buttons below. Contact laura.maria@jga-group.co.uk if you need more help.

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Laura Maria
Systems Support Executive

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Workplace Training Plan

A Workplace Training Plan will be developed with you, your Line Manager and your JGA skills coach.

This will include specific role related learning or activities to help you achieve the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs) required by the apprenticeship standard.

It will help you to evidence your progress and meet the 20% off the job training requirement.

It is a key tool to individualise the apprenticeship to your needs and that of the business.

Programmed Activities

Learner Handbook

Alongside this learner zone, the apprenticeship handbook will help guide you through your apprenticeship.

View Learner Handbook

Safeguarding, Prevent, Welfare & British Values

Susan Prestridge
Susan PrestridgeSafeguarding & Prevent Officer
There is nothing more important than keeping you safe. If you or someone you know is at risk, click on the button below to raise your concerns.

We are strongly committed to practices that protect your from risk of abuse, neglect or significant harm. Our staff recognise and accept their responsibility to develop an awareness of the risks and issues involved in safeguarding. All staff and learners should have zero tolerance for abuse, bullying, neglect and violence.

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Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. At the heart of Prevent is safeguarding children and adults and providing early intervention to protect and divert people away from being drawn into terrorist activity.

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We provide expert support to help you on your apprenticeship journey. This includes mental health and neurodiversity, careers guidance and academic and financial challenges.

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We want to help you achieve your full potential. We offer careers consultancy to ensure you have impartial and constructive information and guidance to help you decide and then to action your career decisions.

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We aim to create an equal, diverse, inclusive and respectful culture. All of us contribute towards this culture through our actions and words. JGA aims to address any barriers to equality in our systems, policies and decision making as well as in our behaviour and ways of working.

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The Fundamental British Values underpin what it is to be a citizen in a modern and diverse United Kingdom, valuing our community and celebrating diversity.

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There is a code of conduct which applies to you and all learners on JGA’s programmes. This lays out the expectations for your behaviour whilst on the apprenticeship.

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