More information will follow about these updates as we get closer to the release date.
Updates to the Signatures functionality
The Signatures functionality in Aptem console has been enhanced and improved.
New role to create compliance documents
- A new role titled Ability to Create Compliance Documents will be added to the system.
Where this role has been applied, users will have the ability to click 'Create' on the 'Not Created' view of the Signatures grid. Any administrators who currently have the ability to sign documents will be assigned this role automatically if they currently have one or more of the following roles:
- Compliance Mass Processing
- Ability to Sign Compliance Documents on Behalf of Others
- Ability to Sign Compliance Documents
- Note that administrators with the Supervisor role can create compliance documents without the additional role.
- New administrators created after the deployment of this feature will require the new role to be assigned in order to create compliance documents from Aptem console.
- The system now has clearly defined Signature categories for ‘Not Created’, ‘Requires Signature’, ‘Waiting for Others’ and ‘Completed’.
- Enhanced 'Mass Processing', document editing, and signature reset workflows.
- The functionality of the Signatures and Review Signatures tiles in Aptem classic is now merged and available in Aptem console. The two tiles in Classic will be deprecated in a future release, after due communication.
- Administrators can now export compliance documents and/or Reviews information in .csv format.
- Note that there is no change to the Learner and Employer experience.
Update to the Trainee Tutor and QA Process
An enhancement has been made to the Trainee Tutor and QA process. Previously, a Trainee Tutor was able to edit QA Verified Components and mark Evidence which was in a 'QA Verified Status'.
This has now been updated. Now, the Trainee Tutor cannot edit a component in QA Verified Status and cannot mark Evidence which is in a 'QA Verified Status'.
Updates to Audit history
Audit history at Activity-level
Tutors/Administrators will be able to view the audit history at the level of an individual activity. The audit trail records all the updates made to that learning plan activity, along with timestamps.
For each change, the audit history record shows some details such as:
- Date/time of change
- Person who made the change
Note that the Audit history is currently not available via OData.
Additional fields being added to the audit history for specific activity types
The audit history now shows information for all standard data fields. Activity-specific fields are also included in the Audit History tab, and to the Activity audit trail, to make the audit history more comprehensive.
For more information on the updates to the audit history, see: Audit history and Activity audit trail.
Updates to the learning plan progress statistics
Custom thresholds for ‘Behind’, ‘On-track’ and ‘Ahead’
We have now enabled thresholds to be set against the following so that progress statistics visible to learners, administrators and employers can reflect a more ‘nuanced’ reflection of progression:
- Learning Plan progress
- Standards criteria progression
- Qualifications criteria progression
For example, where ’10’ is set as a value, the learner can be up to 10% behind their expected progress before it shows as 'behind'. If they are between 1% and 10% behind target, the system still shows them as 'On-Track’.
To enable this feature on your tenant, contact your IC or support.
Update to Review panels in console
- The 'Core Topics’ panel can now be set to 'Completed' without needing to add an entry.
- The ‘RAG Status’ panel will now save instantly on selection/deselection of a status, there is no need to click Save to save the RAG status.
- The ‘RAG Status’ can now be de-selected, so that a ‘No Status’ state is possible to be re-applied to the learner.
Hidden Activities now excluded from progress stats
We have updated the behaviour of 'Miscellaneous' activities that are set as not visible to the learner. Such hidden activities will now be excluded from the following:
For the Tutor, Learner and Employer:
- Learning Plan progress stats
- Learning Plan progress stats on dashboards
For the Learner and Employer:
- ‘Activities Overdue’ Requires Attention Card
- ‘Feedback Received’ Requires Attention Card
Tutors and Administrators will continue to see the related Requires Attention cards for these activities where applicable.
Note that ‘Qualification’ Activities are already excluded from all stats / cards as they are not visible to Learners or Employers.
Update to the Learner Profile
Update to ‘Programme Details’ for restart after Break in Learning
In cases where a Learner was returning from a break in learning, the system was not showing/updating all of the information under the Programme Details section of the Learner Profile. To make the information in this section more comprehensive, we have now added the following fields to this section:
- Restart date
- Original Learning Start Date
- Practical Period End Date (this comes from the programme)
- new ILR planned end date (this comes from the ILR - from the most recent aim)
The additional fields will be displayed only where relevant, and will not be displayed in all cases.
Updates to the Integrations
Updates to NAS Integration
Due to changes in the NAS API, there are now additional mandatory fields for creating the vacancy. Note that the changes in the NAS API means that there is a reduction in functionality by the apprenticeship service.
Updates to the EPAPro integration functionality
Administrators viewing errors that occur via the integration with EPAPro will now be able to filter the errors using the Connections and Date range filters. For more information, see: View EPAPro integration errors.
Tracker custom fields
Added to OData
Previously, OData users could only see tracker fields common to all trackers via OData. We have added the ability to return custom tracker fields within OData. However, these won’t be returned by default. To retrieve custom fields, OData users will have to explicitly specify this in the request. Organisation, address and contact will not be returned either due to the organisationId and addressId already being available.
Added to the Audit history
Changes to the Tracker Custom fields have been included in the Tracker Audit history. The Audit History will now reflect all changes (including creation, editing and removal) that have been applied to fields specific to that tracker.
Removal of some Search by Options
To improve system performance, some 'search by' options are being removed from the Organisation tile in Aptem classic. You can search by Organisation name, Organisation addresses, postcode, region, city, and address line 1. You will no longer be able to search by:
- Organisation URL
- Name, email, phone of the organisation's contacts
- Email, first name, last name, telephone, address, country, city, region of users who have this -Organisation as referrer
- Title, description of placements for this organisation
Updates to Dashboards
Ready for QA card drilldown
Continuing with the improvements to the dashboards, we are now pleased to introduce the Ready for QA card drilldown.
This card is only displayed for administrators who have one or more of the following roles: Internal Verifier, Supervisor, Compliance QA, Manage ILR, and ILR QA. When you click the Ready for QA card on the Performance Dashboard, you will see a grid showing all the learner records in your caseload that have activities that have been completed, and are available for the QA to complete their Quality Assurance. When you click on a row in the grid, the selected activity's 'Quality Assurance' screen is displayed, with the relevant evidence pre-selected.
In a future release, we will be adding a drilldown for the Quality Assurance card.
‘Feedback Received’ Requires Attention card – Logic update
The ‘Feedback Received’ Requires Attention card will now be displayed in the following scenarios:
- Where the only piece of submitted evidence for the activity has a status of 'Referred’
- Where activity is set to 'Tutor Decides', but activity is not 'Completed’ and minimum evidence requirement is met.
The ‘Feedback Received’ Requires Attention card will NOT be displayed:
- If the related Learning Plan Activity has a Status of 'Completed’
- Where the Minimum Evidence requirement for the activity has been met
- Where newer evidence has been submitted for marking (‘Requires Marking’ status) or has been ‘Accepted'
Updates to the ‘Learning Plan Activities’ card
We have updated the Learning Plan Activities’ card on the Learner Dashboard. Responding to client requests, we have made changes in the order of information displayed, added some more metrics, and modified some existing metrics.
For more information, see: Learning Plan Activities card update.
Updates to OTJ hours functionality
OTJ Hours options removed from Reviews on the Mark Evidence screen
The Mark Evidence screen for Review Activities has been updated. When viewing the Mark Evidence screen, the planned/completed OTJ hours and the pencil icon to edit the OTJ hours will not be displayed. With this change, you will not be able to add OTJ hours against a review from the Mark Evidence screen, in line with ESFA funding rules.
OTJ Hours progress calculation change
The Off-The-Job Hours card and drilldowns on the Learner Dashboard and the Tutor and Employer view of the OTJ Hours card were previously using the minimum required figure for OTJ hours. We have changed this to now use the Planned (ILR) value.
Updates to the Ofsted/Quality dashboard
This Ofsted/Quality dashboard has been improved with the addition of five pages which provide information on QAR and Accountability metrics for apprenticeship programmes. The new pages are:
- QAR Apprenticeship headlines
- QAR D&I (displaying splits by age, gender and health status)
- QAR Ethnicity (displaying splits by ethnic background)
- QAR Functional Skills
These pages can be sorted by various criteria, and the background data can be exported for comparison with official statistics.
For more information, see: Power BI - Ofsted / Quality Dashboard.
Change to "Complete by" field on an Activity now requires a reason to be recorded.
Reportable via OData
- Date of "Complete by" change: Timestamp of when change was saved
- Changed from - Original calculated due date
- Changed to - New calculated due date
- Reason for change - String
- Other reason for change - String
- Changed by id - Administrator id
- Changed by name - Administrator name
Other updates and fixes
- For Activities in a 'QA Completed' status where the tutor did not complete the Activity, administrators without the Edit/Delete finished components/Supervisor roles were able to edit/delete the Activity. This has been resolved. In case of all QA completed status, only administrators with the Edit/Delete finished components/Supervisor roles are now able to edit/delete the Activities.
- The Requires Attention 'Requires Marking' Card now uses the date on which evidence was submitted while calculating the number of days overdue quoted in the drilldown.
- The Learning Progress review panel is being updated to show more information to the Tutor/Administrator/Learner/Employer.
- Update to the Duration of the Practical Period formula: In case you have changed the planned end date in the programme to be different from the ILR, then you will need to manually update the compliance paperwork to enact this change.
There was an issue due to which duplicate records were created for some learners in the Users OData feed. This issue has now been resolved.
Some learners reported seeing a blank screen when loading the Commitment Statement / UVAC-Commitment-Statement-2020-Summary-Plan compliance document after they finished the Onboarding Wizard. This issue has now been resolved.
In a particular case, the link to the BSKB website for the FS Maths assessment for a learner was leading to an error message. This has now been fixed.
In a particular case, some learner records were not being imported from the ILR XML file. This has now been fixed.
- In a particular case, Employer details were not updated when the change of employer process automation tracker was applied for a learner. This issue has been identified and fixed.
- With respect to the prime contact of an Organisation, in some cases, when the prime contact person's details were updated, the prime contact would no longer appear. This issue has now been resolved.
- In some cases, the exported CSV file from the Trackers tile in Aptem Classic had fields appearing in the wrong columns. Fields included Author and Status. This issue has now been resolved.
- There were some minor UI issues on the learning plan layout view and other screens. These have been fixed.
- Some formatting issues were reported when accessing Aptem from mobile devices. These issues related to navigation options either not appearing or not being fully visible/legible. After applying some fixes, these issues have been resolved.
- In case of a particular learner, the 'Review Dates' report in the UGR was displaying an incorrect date under 'Next Planned Review Date'. The issue has now been resolved.
- In a particular case, administrators were unable to access their tenant. This issue has now been resolved.
- Users logging in to Aptem console/classic via MFA will now see an error message when they enter an incorrect MFA code. If they enter the correct code, they can log in to the system.
- Custom Fields have been removed from the OData feed default select. Custom fields will only be returned when mentioned in the query parameters.
- In some cases, the Ready for QA card in the Performance dashboard was showing an incorrect
count of learners. This issue has now been resolved.
In some cases, while querying the OData Milestones entity, duplicate rows were reported against a single ID. This has now been fixed.
In some cases, users were still seeing the maintenance banner even after the maintenance window had passed. This issue has now been resolved.
In a particular case where an activity was incomplete, but evidence was accepted, the OTJ Hours were counting towards both the completed and forecast hours. This has now been fixed, and the hours are now counted only once.