Skilltech Solutions Company Updates April 2022

2022 has been a busy year for the team at Skilltech so far. Here is a roundup of some of the things that have kept us busy as we all look forward to the coming summer!

EPAPro Launches SMS Messaging and Availability Calendar

The latest EPAPro update includes several exciting new features that will make the EPA process easier for apprentices, assessors, and training providers. One of the most notable changes is an SMS messaging feature which will allow communication to be done through text messages, including automated updates. The new update also includes an availability calendar where training providers can book meeting times with their apprentices. We hope these updates will improve productivity and help create a better work-life balance for everyone involved in the process.

SMS Texting Service

The new SMS texting service should save countless hours spent on back-and-forth email conversations. With instant phone communication, there will be no more waiting for a response or difficulty trying to schedule a meeting that works for both parties. This will allow stakeholders and apprentices to exchange the information they need in real time, so they can make better decisions when planning for training.

Availability Calendar

The availability calendar is another great way to improve communication and efficiency. Firstly, you can show availability of relevant resources (EPAs or booking teams) to providers or employers so they can see live availability when they request planning meetings.

Secondly it allows EPAOs to manage their resources much more effectively by letting them see live availability of EPAs when booking them for assessments or meetings.

In addition, this will allow End-Point Assessment providers to see when their apprentices are free and book meeting times accordingly. This should help reduce the number of last-minute cancellations or rescheduling conflicts. These new features will help streamline the communication process and create a better experience for everyone involved.

Aptem Integration

Other notable features include the ability to integrate with Aptem, allowing easy importing of learner’s details and accurate tracking of training progress between the two platforms for improved end point assessment management. EPAPro already makes end point assessment management easy and convenient by offering existing features such as built-in custom forms and complete connectivity with Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Google Maps.

These features have made EPAPro a popular platform among EPAOs, apprentices, and training providers alike. The new SMS messaging and availability calendar features should only improve this popularity. The latest update is available free for all EPAPro users.

Skilltech Solutions’ Customers Dominate FAB 2022 Awards

We are very proud to report that three of our customers have won awards at the 2022 FAB Awards ceremony. The FAB Awards celebrates success in the education and skills industry in the UK.

Active IQ won the Exporter of the Year Award, thanks to their innovative approach to training and assessment. City and Guilds were recognised as End Point Assessment Organisation of the Year. They were commended for their work in helping people develop the skills they need to progress in their careers. Two members of TQUK were joint winners of the Individual of the Year Award. Kelle McQuade and Andrew Walker were recognised for their dedication to quality assurance and their commitment to making a difference in the lives of learners.

On the 19th of May 2022, the FAB EPAO conference specifically showcased the inaugural FAB Industry Awards for EPAOs. At this event we were delighted to exhibit at this event and to giveaway a luxurious hamper of chocolate goodies from Harry Spectres, who is a local business that we love to support as they are social enterprise for young Autistic adults.

The winners of this award are as follows Professional Assessment Ltd won the Multi Standards EPAO, Innovate Awarding won the Multi Standards EPAO of the year, with City & Guilds getting a special mention.  Lastly but by no means least, Construction EPA were finalists for the Specialist Sector EPAO of the year award.

These awards are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the businesses we work with. Our customers are leaders in their field and are making a positive impact in the training and apprenticeship industry across the UK. We are proud to be associated with them and look forward to continuing to work together to provide the best possible training and assessment experience for everyone involved!

New Appeals Module

Finally, we have also just launched our new Appeals Module so that EPAOs can track Appeals from Candidates or Providers so that they can be managed and tracked. This involves having access to new appeals create screen where information and details about the apprentice can be entered. We look forward to what the remainder of 2022 will bring!

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