Work Based Learning (WBL)

What is WBL?

Work-based learning (“WBL”) is the basis of the Normative Skills programme where skills students are exposed to in the Normative Skills workshop and modules can be put in practice and developed in the workplace.

WBL aims to close the Gap between theory and practice when it comes to Normative Skills to form a well-rounded Actuarial Professional.

The WBL process is an excellent introduction into the CPD process that you will embark on after qualifying.

Who should do WBL?

All students that embark on the Normative Skills – Core APP and then continue on to Fellowship APP should register for WBL. Please refer to the WBL Chapter in the Student Handbook for more information. (The updated Student Handbook will be available shortly)

WBL Online System

ASSA will roll-out a new online WBL system in January 2019.

Existing WBL students should take note of some steps that are required to migrate from the old spreadsheet based system to the new online system.

Click on the appropriate tab below to review the WBL process for new and existing WBL students.

The online WBL system is based on a workflow solution that will allow you to capture skills development and then submit this online to your supervisor who can then review your progress, ask for additional information or approve your work online.  Email notification will be sent out if you are required to interact with the system and submit or approve information.

New WBL students

      1. Register online via your ASSA member profile for Work Based Learning:
        Designation 2018 Code 2019 Code
        Associateship A430 NA311M1
        Fellowship F330 NF111M2

         

      2. Access the WBL online system (this will be rolled out in January 2019)  and complete your profile (add your supervisor’s details)
      3. All students will 1st have to complete an initial self-assessment on your capabilities across ALL skills listed.
      4. Add any additional skills that may be applicable to your work environment that are not listed.
      5. For skills that you select to develop in a given period, (skills that will go into your STARTED list) develop an Action Plan – Discuss a 3-6 month plan with your supervisor on how you will obtain or become more competent in these skills (only select a few skills for each time period).
      6. Undertake the tasks in your plan and look for skills development opportunities over the 3-6 month period to follow. Capture your progress and any formal learning activities in the system. Once you feel you have gained enough experience and feel competent in a skill you can Submit all your evidence and comments to your Supervisor for review.
      7. You should also answer at least 1 Review Question every 6 months that can be discussed with your line manager / Supervisor. Review questions are listed in the WBL system.
      8. Once you reached the minimum criteria for WBL completion and have completed all your outstanding subjects to qualify, you may select to submit your entire WBL programme to an ASSA Assessor for final review and approval for qualification.  Minimum criteria:
        Designation Skills signed off as competent (Completed) WBL time spend on development Review questions completed and signed off
        Associateship Min of 70% of skills 24 months Min of 4 (1 every 6 months)
        Fellowship Min of 70% of skills 36 months Min of 6 (1 every 6 months)

Existing WBL students

Note: only students who will complete their WBL programme for qualification in 2019 (require 1 or 2 more submissions) may stay on the Excel based WBL evaluation forms and does not have to transfer to the new online system.

      1. Once you log on to the new system, the system will determine for what course you are registered for:
        Designation 2018 Code 2019 Code
        Associateship A430 NA311M1
        Fellowship F330 NF111M2

         

      2. The skills proficiency naming has changed from:
        Spreadsheet Online System
        Insufficient / Not started Not Started
        Acceptable Started (all skills you are working on in a period)
        Competent Completed

         

      3. Access the WBL online system (this will be rolled out in January 2019)  and complete your profile (add your supervisor’s details)
      4. Your last spreadsheet submission to ASSA – before the freeze period (Oct to Jan 2018) – should be uploaded into the system. All other documents and spreadsheets will be available against your profile to reference.
      5. Add any additional skills that may be applicable to your work environment that are not listed.
      6. Existing WBL students will be required to upload all their completed review questions again. You can select the review question from the list posted in the system and just re-attach your completed questions again.
      7. For skills that you select to develop in a given period, (skills that will go into your STARTED list) develop an Action Plan – Discuss a 3-6 month plan with your supervisor on how you will obtain or become more competent in these skills (only select a few skills for each time period).
      8. Undertake the tasks in your plan and look for skills development opportunities over the 3-6 month period to follow. Capture your progress and any formal learning activities in the system. Once you feel you have gained enough experience and feel competent in a skill you can submit all your evidence and comments to your Supervisor for review.
      9. You should also answer at least 1 Review Question every 6 months that can be discussed with your line manager / Supervisor. Review questions are listed in the WBL system.
      10. Once you reached the minimum criteria for WBL completion and have completed all your outstanding subjects to qualify, you may select to submit your entire WBL programme to an ASSA Assessor for final review and approval for qualification.  Minimum criteria:
        Designation Skills signed off as competent (Completed) WBL time spend on development Review questions completed and signed off
        Associateship Min of 70% of skills 24 months Min of 4 (1 every 6 months)
        Fellowship Min of 70% of skills 36 months Min of 6 (1 every 6 months)

Who can be a Supervisor?

  • A supervisor is a Fellow of ASSA that works in the same company or industry as you.
  • If your supervisor is not your line manager there must be effective communication between them.
  • If you are working in a non-traditional field and no Fellows are available to select as a Supervisor, please contact ASSA Education to assist you in finding a Supervisor.

Still doing the old Work Based Skills (WBS)?

The few students who embarked on the “old” work Based Skills programme – before 2015 – can continue on this path until they qualify.

Have a question on WBL?  Please submit your questions below.

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