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What are Apprenticeships?
Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers that lead to nationally recognised qualifications. They can be used to train both new and existing staff aged 16 and over. Apprenticeships usually last between 12 to 18 months.
Apprenticeships ensure that your workforce have practical skills and qualifications your organisation needs, including Maths and English. The mixture of on and off the job learning ensures that your staff learn the skills and knowledge required and at a time that suits you.
What does an Apprenticeship involve?
Apprentices will receive training and assessment towards the following:
- QCF Certificate or Diploma (previously called the NVQ) – assessing their ability to do the job
- Technical Certificate – developing their skills, understanding their role and the sector they work in.
- Functional Skills – English, Maths, and ICT, where applicable.
- Personal Learning and Thinking Skills – including problem solving, team work, creative thinking.
- Employer Responsibilities and Rights – understanding your company’s contract of employment, health and safety and your organisation’s ways of working
How will Apprenticeships be assessed?
- Apprentices will be assessed through a number of approaches, including observation in the workplace, professional discussions, answering questions, writing reflective accounts of their experiences at work, collecting evidence from the workplace, and obtaining witness testimonies from managers and colleagues.
- Our Assessors will visit Apprentices in the workplace to do their induction and start their apprenticeship programme. They will make regular contact with the Apprentice’s manager to involve them and we will provide an update on the apprentice’s progress throughout the programme.
How long do apprenticeships last?
A level 2 apprenticeship programme takes on average 12 months to complete, and a level 3 apprenticeship can take up to 18 months to complete. This depends on the individual apprentice’s needs and how they learn – some apprentices will take longer to complete and some will complete their apprenticeship earlier. Some apprentices may be exempt from completing their Functional Skills, if they have recently completed similar qualifications at the same level. This could reduce the length of the apprenticeship by up to 3 months.
Apprenticeship training may be fully funded if the criteria is met below:
- Residency - must be settled in the UK or EEA for 3 years prior to start
- Must be employed
- Must not have level 4 qualification or higher for intermediate and advanced Apprenticeships
- Must not be in full-time education
Frequently Asked Questions
How much can I earn if I enrol onto an Apprenticeship course?
You will start to earn from day one of your Apprenticeship. All apprentices must receive a wage of no less than £3.30 per hour, but many employers choose to pay more. Based on this you will earn a minimum of £495 a month (full time). As your skills develop it is usual for your pay to increase accordingly. You can also receive additional money for essential books, uniforms and equipment, or to help you with a disability.
How old do I have to be to enrol onto an Apprenticeship?
Learners must be aged 16 to 64 years, have left full time education and must be employed.
I don’t have much experience or qualifications. Am I eligible to enrol onto the course?
Yes! No experience is necessary, but you must be aged 16 to 64 and in employment.
If you would like to discuss your training needs with one of careers advisors, please get in touch and we will be more than happy to help. Our experienced team will be able to sign post you onto the right course and in most cases, your training will be fully funded which means training will be free to you.