About Apprenticeships

What are Apprenticeships?

They are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to national recognised qualifications.

Who are they for?

You can use Apprenticeships to train both new and existing employees. Funding is available to train apprentices.

Who runs them?

Apprenticeships are designed by the Sector Skills Councils, while the National Apprenticeship Service helps to fund the training.

How are Apprenticeships developed?

Business representatives from the relevant industry sector work with the Sector Skills Councils to develop the course content. Because they genuinely understand your business, the training will be relevant for your industry.

Where do they take place?

This is up to you. Most of the training is ‘on the job’ at your premises. The rest can be provided by a local college or by a specialist learning provider.

Facts in numbers

  • 80% of employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive.
  • 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices.
  • The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is £2.50 per hour. Many employers prefer to pay more however, and research shows that the average salary is approx £170 per week.
  • 83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future.

Who is the Apprenticeship for?

This is up to you. Most of the training is ‘on the job’ at your premises. The rest can be provided by a local college or by a specialist learning provider.

Qualifications you will achieve as part of the Apprenticeship

  1. Technical Certificate (BTEC)
  2. NVQ in the Subject
  3. Functional Skills – English
  4. Functional Skills – Maths
  5. Functional Skills – ICT

What you will learn:

You will work to quality standards which set out in detail what employers / employees need to do for each specific task and measure what they can do compared to national standards.

For your NVQ you will build a portfolio of evidence and you will be assessed in a number of ways; through written work, observations of your practice in the workplace, oral questions or maybe witness testimony from your manager.

For the technical certificate you will have to take a multiple choice exam which can be taken at any time ensuring your programme and can be retaken if required.

The course is work based which means that you can earn and learn at the same time whilst developing the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers in all areas of care looking for.

Duration of the Programme: Apprenticeship – 1 Year/Advanced Apprenticeship – 12-15 months

Entry Requirements: You will need to be in paid employment working in the care sector.

Funding is available for Apprenticeships – the criteria is set based on the employee’s age, previous qualifications and employer size. We will assess all of your potential students and will secure whatever funding is available to them based on the criteria met.