Training providers HIT Training and CPL Training have teamed up to launch a new virtual learning environment, providing on-the-go access to high-quality learning facilities for hospitality apprentices.\r\n\r\nSTAR, which stands for Support Training Assessment Resources, is the first of its kind in the apprenticeship training industry and has been built specifically to match the requirements of the Apprenticeship Levy and new apprenticeship standards.\r\n\r\nThe learning platform has three main components, an intranet with access to news feeds and social media, a suite of learning resources and supporting documentation, and an online portfolio where apprentices can record their progress. There is also a messaging system and online forums which can be used as virtual classrooms or for peer-to-peer support.\r\n\r\nUsing digital technology, STAR enables different styles of learning and all tasks are mapped to the new apprenticeship standards criteria. Apprentices can upload their course material to their STAR ePortfolio and share it with their HIT trainer for feedback and evidence towards their qualification. Specifically, designed activities have also been developed to help apprentices prepare for their end point assessment.\r\n\r\nCatherine Whittaker, VLE coordinator at HIT Training, said: \u201cHIT 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.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019ve 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\u2019re passionate about the learning experience and the system we\u2019ve produced.\u201d\r\n\r\nDaniel Davies, chief executive of CPL Training Group, added: \u201cThe STAR platform is demonstrative of HIT\u2019s mission to provide only the best apprenticeships for clients and their employees, helping to create a skilled, high calibre hospitality workforce. We\u2019re delighted to have worked on this project for HIT, and we look forward to building on our working relationship.\u201d\r\n\r\nSTAR is now available to all hospitality team member, commis chef and team leader apprentices, with a continued roll-out for all hospitality standards throughout early 2018.