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.

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)

What commitment will the employer need to make?

The Apprentice will be employed by you and will need to be assigned a workplace supervisor who will be responsible for them. The level of supervision will vary depending on whether the Apprentice is new to the workplace or an existing member of staff. A full induction and continuing support programme is offered to workplace supervisors. Employers are also required to pay their Apprentices the national minimum wage which is dependent upon the age of the Apprentice and how long they have been on programme.

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