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 and 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:
A classroom based qualification with learning focused around building and accrediting work-related skillsActivities – classroom learning/work-based assessment
Duration – 9-18 months
A classroom based qualification with a key focus around important theoretical and underpinning skills for the sectorActivities – 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 workplaceActivities – 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