WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP?
Apprenticeships are available to employed individuals over the age of 16 years old.
An apprenticeship is a real job, with formal training that will enable you to earn a salary whilst gaining nationally-recognised qualifications.
Apprenticeship qualifications are available to those employed in new working roles and environments and to those already working in a role seeking qualifications to support continued professional development.
Apprenticeship standards show what an apprentice will be doing and the skills required of them, by job role. Standards are developed by employer groups known as ‘trailblazers’. Each Apprenticeship Standard has been developed to provide learners with skills, knowledge and behaviours that are specific to their role and industry and may include relevant Diploma and Functional Skills qualifications.
Apprenticeships are well structured and include teaching, coaching, reflection, assessment and observation of practice to produce a portfolio of evidence. Each learner must meet all of the defined standards and then enter the gateway to End Point Assessment (EPA).
During EPA the learner demonstrates their learning and competencies before achieving a graded Apprenticeship qualification.
Apprenticeship programmes are achieved in timeframes of 12 months and longer depending on the specific Apprenticeship Standard. Employers are expected to provide support and feedback throughout the programme and facilitate the 20 percent off the job learning requirement.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF APPRENTICESHIPS?
Each Apprentice Standard has a pre-defined funding band. You can find full details of the funding bands by visiting The Education and Skills Funding Agency website:
HOW DO YOU PAY FOR APPRENTICESHIPS?
How you pay depends on whether your organisation is Non-Levy or Apprenticeship Levy paying. Any organisations with an annual payroll in excess of £3 million will automatically be paying the Apprenticeship Levy. This fund is best described as a pot of money available to the organisation to cover the cost of Apprenticeship qualifications for their new and existing staff.
To access information on managing your Levy please visit The Education and Skills Funding Agency website:
HOW DO WE DELIVER APPRENTICESHIPS?
We have created a delivery model for each of the Apprenticeship Standards that we offer. Each model shows a detailed plan to include regular face to face contact between experienced tutors and learners. These sessions include workshops, teaching and one to one coaching. Learners have access to an online system to access resources, webinars, manage their learning and evidence, communicate with their tutor and can carry out remote meetings using virtual meeting facilities. This provides a learner centred and flexible approach to vocational learning that meets the requirements of the new Apprenticeship Standards fully.
Employers can access the online system to regularly
review the progress of their staff and produce detailed reports as required to meet their own organisational monitoring processes.
WHAT APPRENTICESHIPS DO WE OFFER?
The new Apprenticeship Standards allow for an interesting and dynamic learning programme that better suits the organisational needs of the employer and the professional development needs of the learner. Our programmes also plan and manage the off the job requirement of the programme. Contact us for more information about off the job learning and how we can achieve this effectively whilst ensuring meaningful learning is taking place.
Each successful Apprenticeship Standard completion will add value and skills to organisations as well as providing robust professional development for individuals. Apprenticeships should ensure staff retention rates are improved and employer investments are rewarded.
REAL SKILLS FOR REAL PEOPLE IN REAL WORKPLACES
Experiential Training and Learning Ltd
Real Skills for Real People in Real Workplaces
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