Apprenticeship FAQ's

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are work based qualifications for anybody aged 16 years and over. If you are a school leaver, looking for a new career change, or are in employment and looking to progress up  the career ladder, then the apprenticeship route may be for you.

Apprenticeships are a great way to gain the real life skills, knowledge and experience whilst doing the job you love and getting paid a wage at the same time.

What qualifications will I gain from doing an Apprenticeship?

As an Apprentice you will be working towards the Apprenticeship standards, with the support of your employer and allocated Assessor. You will also need to work towards achieving your Functional Skills in English and maths level 2. If you already hold these qualifications, or GCSE’s grade A*-C in maths and English we will accredit them over to your apprenticeship.

You will also gain a recognised diploma in your chosen sector as part of your Apprenticeship. To achieve the diploma you will complete the required mandatory units and a selection of optional units. The optional units can be selected by yourself and your employer which would benefit you and your career pathway.

How long will it take me to achieve my Apprenticeship?

The minimum duration for an apprenticeship is typically 1 year; depending on the sector and level you are applying for based on a 30 hours or more contact. Some apprenticeships can take up to 5 years to complete. Please refer to list of Apprenticeship offers which details the duration.

If you work less than the recommended 30 hours per week we will adjust your agreed learning end date to accommodate your typical working week.

For example:

If you enrol onto the Level 2 Adult Health Care Apprenticeship; which has a minimum duration of 12 months, and you work 16 hours per week, then the minimum duration for your Apprenticeship would by 24 months.

Prior to enrolment you will undergo a robust information, advice and guidance session. We will be able to identify any additional learning support or barriers, which may require you to have additional time added to your apprenticeship duration to ensure you can achieve your chosen qualification.

How will I be assessed?

Over the duration of your Apprenticeship, you will collect a portfolio of evidence that will demonstrate your new skills and knowledge stated in the Apprenticeship standards and diploma. The standards are a combination of knowledge and competency skills that you will be assessed against. The evidence that you collect will vary, and we will also take into account your learning styles when setting action plans. There are many different types of evidence that you can collect, for example; recorded discussions, written assignments, reflective accounts, work products and simulation. The competency standards are assessed by observations carried out by your assessor in the working environment and witness testimonies from your line manager, peers and mentors etc.

When you have demonstrated your competencies in all of the Apprenticeship standards you will then be ready to enter end the ‘End Point Assessment’.

If you require functional skills, we will embed this as part of your apprenticeship. This is a great opportunity to see how we use English and maths and its relevance in the working environment. To achieve the functional skills, you will sit a series of online exams in maths, writing and reading. We will assess your speaking and listening skills in the form of a group discussion.

What is the End Point Assessment?

The end point assessment is the final stage of your Apprenticeship that is conducted by an independent assessment centre that has been chosen by your employer. The assessments for every apprenticeship title and level differ from each other.

For example: Adult Care Worker level 2

This will consist of a multiple choice questions paper, based on 40 questions. Once this has been achieved you will then progress onto a 60 minute discussion to demonstrate your skills and knowledge. You will then awarded an overall mark of: Pass, Merit or Distinction.

How much can I earn during the apprenticeship?

If you are aged 16 – 18 years old, the minimum apprenticeship wage is currently set at £3.50 per hour.  If you are aged 19 or older and on you first year of an apprenticeship, your employer must pay the minimum apprenticeship wage, after that you will be entitled to the national minimum wage. However, most employers pay more than the Apprenticeship wage to their Apprentices.

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