AI helping to increase apprenticeship competition rates

A new software platform has been developed to improve apprenticeship completion rates, by identifying students most at risk of dropping out.

A collaboration between Aston University and Advanced Smart Apprentices has seen the creation of ‘Smart Coach’, which can spot students who are thinking of leaving their apprenticeship after just three months of study.

The Smart Coach module analyses patterns in learner behaviour and identifies areas for closer learner support by combining complex data consolidation and in-depth predictive analytics based on learner records.

The project team used machine learning to create a prescriptive analytics model, which identifies at risk learners while also indicating possible interventions to mitigate risks and support each student’s learning journey.