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Going Paperless in Further Education and Apprenticeships

February 4th, 2019 Posted by Apprenticeships, Electronic signatures, Paperless No Comment yet

Over the last 10 years we have seen significant change within the Apprenticeships sector in the UK. With the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and Apprenticeship Standards, there has been a huge shift in how colleges and training providers operate and deliver.

Paperless Apprenticeships

There has also been lots of innovation over the last decade with a big increase in the use of technology to enhance the learner journey from Online Learning, ePortfolio, Video and Apps to the improvements in efficiency within the operational delivery of apprenticeships via increased use of MIS systems, CRM’s and Electronic Data Capture software such as iPEGS.

The iPEGS products have also evolved based on the changes within the sector, improved connectivity and mass adoption of mobile devices.

Our drive continues to focus on a fully electronic and paperless enrolment, commitment statements, apprenticeship contracts and all other related documentation relating to the apprenticeship. We feel that the face to face time spent with the apprentice should focus on learning and not admin and so our Remote product has seen a big increase in its use and volume over the last 12 months.

Paperless Apprenticeships
The idea is to ensure that the learner (and employer) only ever have to enter their information once and that this data can flow on throughout the enrolment process. By enabling the learner, employer and provider to complete their respective parts of the forms remotely, via any device means that all documents can be completed, signed and checked by admin in a fraction of the time.

If a mistake is made on the form or a change is required then the iPEGS ‘Request Change’ feature enables the admin team to highlight the field/s that needs to be amended and send the form securely back to the learner or employer in the click of a button. No more unnecessary journeys and delays in getting the forms corrected and completed.

We have also just launched a new variation of the 3rd Party Approval field that enables the form to be sent to all parties simultaneously for approval and signing (electronically of course).

Some colleges and training providers still like to finalise the enrolment forms and commitment statements on the first face to face visit. In this case the forms can be completed remotely prior to this and then reviewed and signed at that point. This means that the ‘admin’ aspect is reduced to a matter of minutes as opposed to hours and ensures the time can be focused on actual learning.

It is clear that colleges and training providers use a multitude of systems and processes and so we have ensured that the iPEGS Products are as flexible as possible to allow for these differences.

Below is a short video demonstration of a fully paperless and remote process of completing an Apprenticeship Commitment Statement between the learner, employer and provider via iPEGS Remote Web Forms.     

iPEGS Remote forms can be accessed as web forms on any device or via the free iOS and Android App. All iPEGS Remote forms can be auto populated with learner and employer data via our User Profile and Field Mapping tools.

So if you are still using paper based forms or even word documents and PDFs – now is the time to move to the next level, improve the learner and employer journey, reduce costs and inefficiencies within your enrolment process and remove unnecessary admin so that your tutors and coaches can focus on learning.

If you are interested in finding out about how to Go Paperless with iPEGS then please contact us.

A smarter way to record data for field based Maintenance teams

October 20th, 2016 Posted by News No Comment yet

Service & maintenance engineers have a hands on job which also requires a lot of form filling, data capture, recording evidence and signing of forms. These forms are vitally important for the business to be able to efficiently report or act on the maintenance or service work undertaken. Once work has been carried out this form needs to be sent back to the office to process, record or action.

Using paper based forms can create the following issues:

  • Incomplete information or signatures
  • Delay in completed and signed form being returned to the office for processing
  • Paperwork getting lost or damaged
  • Cost and time taken printing multiple forms
  • Unnecessary admin time wasted

Using the iPEGS app allows the engineer to:

  • Electronically sign forms which include the date, time and location of signature *Facestamp includes a picture of the engineer carrying out the work improving the signature authenticity.
  • Include picture evidence to the report which can be captured using the iPAD or tablet’s camera
  • Capture the correct data without missing any information with mandatory fields
  • Submit the report straight back to the office
  • You do not need a wifi connection to complete and save the form through the app

Unique functions of the app:

Notepad feature: Transfer your note taking, electronically, sign, save and submit back to the office

Feedback Forms: Enables the company to rate the service that they have received

Reporting: Analyse your customer feedback on the service provided

Form Builder: An easy to use form builder to brand and customise your form which include the use of digital tables, number, percentage, currency, email and text fields, pick lists, checkboxes and insertion of signature. Add, advance and update forms which can automatically be accessed by the engineers whether they are in the field.

Register: Engineers can record maintenance repairs carried out for a period of time.

Import & Sign: Import documents to electronically sign and submit

Forms can be converted to  the following formats: pdf, excel, word, csv or xml document and exported via email to whoever needs to receive this, to the secure iPEGS portal, One Drive or Dropbox.

iPEGS is currently benefitting the following service based engineers who work within:

Power Solutions

Fire Systems

Security

Train Maintenance

Water Utilities

Do you wish to adopt an effective paper based system for your service or maintenance engineers? Call us today for an initial consultation on 01244 560717 or email us at info@ipegs.co.uk

Electronic signatures….. the lowdown

October 13th, 2016 Posted by Electronic signatures, News, Security No Comment yet

Electronic signatures are constantly being utilised and respected by users across the globe including businesses, academic and government institutes. Gone are the days of hesitation regarding the security of signatures where now electronic signatures are already legally preferred worldwide.

Below are some interesting stats positively enforcing the use of electronic signatures:

  • From the 1st July 2016 – New laws governing electronic signatures came into force across the European Union. The Electronic Identification and Signature (eIDAS) Regulation is intended to standardise the way e-signatures work.
  • In July 2016, the law society released a practise note to assist parties and their legal advisors who wish to enter into, or execute commercial contracts with one or more of the parties intending to do so by way of an electronic signature
  • A leading global electronic signature company claims more than 85 million users in 188 countries within 225,000 companies globally. Research shows that the following improvements have been recorded as a result of using electronic signatures: 25% turnaround on agreements, 127% average increase in customer satisfaction scores, 80% completed in a day.
  • Signature platform helped State of Vermont solve anticipated $154 million fiscal gap.
  • The global digital signature market is expected to increase from $501.7 million in 2015, and reach $3,318.6 million by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 31.5%
  • United healthcare reported: Paper Saved using electronic signatures in 1 Year Exceeds the height of Empire State Building, $1 million saved in admin staffing costs

So…… do you want to benefit from using electronic signatures within your organisation? Use the iPEGS innovative app for unique electronic signature features including:

  • Face Stamp – Take a picture of the person electronically signing
  • Time Stamp – Records the exact time of signature
  • Date Stamp – Records the date of signature
  • Location Stamp – Records the location of signature – using GPS

Then please enquire how iPEGS can help, email polly@ipegs.co.uk

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Benefits of a paperless system for training companies

October 6th, 2016 Posted by News No Comment yet

The need to go paperless for many training companies is increasing. However, converting from a paper based system to paperless can be a little daunting. At iPEGS we believe that change is positive and the benefits of using the iPEGS app provides training providers a long term cost saving solution. The innovative iPEGS app enables you to adopt a paper free environment to capture data, saving time and money for your business, increasing productivity for the assessor and improving the learner experience.

Connect your assessor back to the office

Below are examples of paperbased forms that can be completed using the iPEGS app:

Student Enrolment forms
Learning logs
Individual learning plans

Health & safety checks
Apprenticeship learning agreements
Learning style questionnaires
Learning application forms
Initial assessments 
Apprentice consent forms
Contact sheets
Feedback forms
Employer responsive programmes 
Student registers 
Progress reviews
Apprenticeship temporary withdrawal requests

Once these have been completed and signed by the learner and assessor, they can then be transferred to a pdf, excel, word, csv or an xml document and exported via email, One Drive or Dropbox and automatically saved on the secure iPEGS portal.

Why iPEGS?

iPEGS has the ability to:

  • Analyse data through the advanced reporting feature
  • Custom company branding
  • SFA Compliant
  • Attach multiple signatures to each form
  • Import to existing software systems
  • Create, edit and build custom forms tailored for your business
  • Export to CSV
  • Completed forms can be sent immediately back to the office
  • No need for a wifi connection to complete the form
  • Unique electronic signature feature including face stamp, time stamp, date stamp
  • GPS Location can be recorded onto forms
  • Field types can be set to optional, warning or mandatory (never receive an incomplete form again!)

Expertise in the sector

We work with a large number of colleges and training providers who are benefitting from using the iPEGS app within their business.

Below are a few case studies and testimonials:

NTG Training
Asset Training
ATG Training

Could you be our next success story?

Watch our video: Using iPegs to go Paperless (Education, Work Based Learning, Colleges, FE)

I want to go paperless….

If you pride your company on being open minded and forward thinking, then compliment your brand today and benefit from going paperless.

Set up a 30 day free iPEGS Enterprise account and see how fabulous going paperless feels!!! Email us now with any questions that you have polly@ipegs.co.uk or call us on 01244 560717