What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed for current and future employees aged 16 upwards. The employee will gain skills, knowledge and confidence to enable them to progress in their career, benefiting employees and employers alike. All Apprentices will follow a framework which consists of a national vocational qualification, functional skills in English, maths and ICT, and in some cases, a technical certificate.

What Apprenticeships do we offer?

  • Business and Administration
  • Health and Social Care
  • Support Teaching and Learning
  • Customer Service
  • Advanced Management
  • Team Leading

Who is this course for?

Apprenticeships can be offered to those entering employment or to existing members of staff working in roles where training and development needs may have been identified. Apprenticeships may also be offered by employers as a way of supporting and enhancing productivity in the workplace.

What are the entry requirements?

  • Candidates must not hold a qualification higher than level 3 or equivalent, for example A' levels, BTEC national diploma.
  • Candidates must meet the home student eligibility criteria.
  • Candidates must achieve the suitable level in English and Maths required for the desired programme of study.

Applicants will be signposted to another course if they do not meet the desired entry requirements to enable them to proceed with their Apprenticeship.

How long does it take?

The duration of an Apprenticeship will vary depending on the outcomes of the initial assessment. On average there is an expectation that a Level 2 Apprenticeship will take 12 months and a Level 3 Apprenticeship between 12 and 18 months.

The candidate must be contracted to work a minimum of 30 hours per week. Study time must be included within these hours.

What Levels are Apprenticeships offered at?

Apprenticeships are offered at two levels:

  • Level 2 (Intermediate Apprenticeship)
  • Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeship)

What does an Apprenticeship Framework include?

The components of an Apprenticeship will vary depending on the framework being worked towards but in most instances they will include:

  • A QCF (qualifications and credit framework) qualification (ie: NVQ)
  • Functional skill in English
  • Functional skill in Maths
  • Functional skill in IT
  • A technical certificate (not for all frameworks)

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