Training providers HIT Training and CPL Training have partnered to launch a virtual learning platform for hospitality apprentices, Support Training Assessment Resources (STAR).

Available now to hospitality team members, commis chefs and team leader apprentices, STAR provides on-the-go access to learning facilities, all “specifically built to match the requirements of the Apprenticeship Levy and new apprenticeship standards.”

With three main components – an intranet with access to news feeds and social media; a suite of learning resources and supporting documentation; an online portfolio to record apprentices’s progress – students can also use the online forums and messaging system as virtual classrooms or for peer-to-peer support.

They can also upload course material to their STAR ePortfolio, which s shared with their HIT trainer, for feedback and to use as “evidence” towards their qualification. Other “specifically designed” activities have also been created to “help apprentices prepare for their end point assessment.”

Catherine Whittaker, virtual learning environment coordinator at HIT Training, said: “HIT is a company built on sound knowledge and understanding of the hospitality sector.

“The whole team has been involved in the development and launch of STAR, from specialist leads writing material to support apprentices and quality assessors training our delivery teams, to individuals coming on-board to test the system and assisting the core STAR team.

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“STAR is a completely unique virtual learning platform that is simple to use, yet built using complex data to enable real-time analysis of the apprentices’s progress – providing insight on how we can support them further.

“We’ve developed STAR in partnership with CPL to provide our apprentices with all the resources they need at the touch of a button – from their initial signup through to their end point assessment.

“Together with CPL, we’re passionate about the learning experience and the system we’ve produced.”

Chief executive of CPL Training, Daniel Davies, added: “STAR is an innovative new platform which is set to revolutionise the delivery of HIT’s apprenticeships.

“It’s been developed in a way that maximises user experience and real-time engagement, allowing apprentices to contribute to forums, receive trainer feedback, and upload learning evidence.

“The STAR platform is demonstrative of HIT’s mission to provide only the best apprenticeships for clients and their employees, helping to create a skilled, high calibre hospitality workforce. We’re delighted to have worked on this project for HIT, and we look forward to building on our working relationship.”