What is an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship is an employer responsive programme. The programme is full/part funded by the government to build the skills of new employees, and existing employees where training is required to develop them into a new or existing role. New or existing employees can undertake an apprenticeship programme, as long as the employer is in agreement that the employee can have, time to train, and supports the programme. Employees must hold an employment contract in a relevant job role to the qualification. Eligibility criteria checks to apply to both employer and employees, including initial assessments to determine suitability for a course.
Typical Apprenticeship Framework Outline
An apprenticeship is an occupation related framework. The framework is comprised of a collection of qualifications that the apprentice undertakes in-line with his/her duties. Apprenticeship frameworks and typical durations:
- Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeships – 12 Months
- Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeships – 12-18 Months
- Level 4/5 Higher Apprenticeships – 18-24 Months
The programme outline below illustrates a typical learner journey, although this may vary from sector to sector and is dependent on learner and employer time constraints: Competence Qualification A classroom based qualification with learning focused around building and accrediting work-related skills Activities: classroom learning/work-based assessment Duration: 9-18 months Knowledge Qualification A classroom based qualification with a key focus around important theoretical and underpinning skills for the sector Activities: classroom learning/assessments Duration: 5-12 months Functional Skills Qualifications A suite of classroom based qualifications addressing underlying English, Maths and ICT needs for the role Activities: Classroom learning in Maths, English, ICT Duration: 4-5 months Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) A module on employees rights, responsibilities and professionalism in the workplace Activities: Workbook for most sectors Duration: 1 month Improving Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) A framework of qualities and skills required for success in the workplace – this is embedded into the qualification
Meet residency criteria check including 3 years UK/EU resident with right to remain.
Employed with a contact of employment on the start date of apprenticeship for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a framework related role.
Have employer consent for pursuing an Apprenticeship at the appropriate level in the relevant sector.
Have not obtained a recognised full Level 4 or higher qualification.
Not be studying towards a degree qualification, or hold a degree qualification
Attend scheduled classroom training, assessments and employment.
Work in partnership with your employer/mentor to complete the framework of qualifications.
Monthly review meetings (Face-Face / Remote) with the personal tutor.
**All enrolments and access to funding are subject to eligibility and suitability checks which are carried out on premise during the enrolment process.