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APPRENTICESHIPS

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Apprenticeships are training programmes to help create a skilled workforce and anyone 16 or older can become an apprentice. You can even have worked for a company for some time and still develop your skills with an apprenticeship. Good apprenticeships combine effective on- and off-the-job training with thorough assessment.

GetInTransp What levels of Apprenticeships are there?

Intermediate Level Apprenticeships:
Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.
 
Advanced Level Apprenticeships:
Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a Level 3 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.
 
Higher Apprenticeships:
Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 4 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.

GetInTransp What are the benefits to the learner

Earn while you learn: Apprenticeships are paid, and all apprentices should work for at least 30 hours a week, apart from in exceptional circumstances. All apprentices receive at least the appropriate minimum wage.
Gain qualifications: With every Release Potential apprenticeship comes a very high standard of training that rewards hard work. All Apprenticeships must be at least 12 months long and lead to a national qualification that is recognised and respected by employers around the world.
Progress in your career: Upon completion, the majority of apprentices (85%) stay in employment, with around two-thirds staying with the same employer. A third of all former apprentices had received a promotion within 12 months of finishing, and of those in work, three quarters reported taking on more responsibility in their job.

GetInTransp What are the benefits to the employer

Proven results: An incredible 96% of employers that take on an apprentice report benefits to their business, whilst 72% of businesses also report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice. Further benefits reported by apprentice-employers include an improved product or service, the introduction of new ideas to the organisation, improved staff morale and better staff retention.
A capable workforce: Businesses that offer Apprenticeships view them as beneficial to their long-term development. According to the British Chambers of Commerce, most employ an apprentice to improve the skills base within their business. Here at MCQ we ensure that our apprentices are fully supported and receive the highest standard of training.
Increased productivity: Apprenticeships are boosting productivity by enabling businesses to grow their skills base. The average Apprenticeship increases business productivity by £214 per week, with these gains including increased profits, lower prices and better products.
 

 

Frameworks and Standards?

Frameworks

Frameworks are essentially made up of a bundle of qualifications which vary depending on the industry sector they are aimed at. There may be several pathways within a framework e.g. Health & Social Care has a pathway for "Health Care" or "Adult Social Care". Generally you will need to achieve:
  • a competence qualification or combined qualification
  • a knowledge qualication
  • some transferable skills

Competence / Combined Qualifications

 A competence qualification is a diploma or certificate (similar to NVQ's) or a combined qualification which simply is a competence qualification combined with a knowledge qualification. These can vary depending upon awarding organisations but are trade specific based upon occupational standards. The qualifications themselves are broken down into various units and most require you to gather evidence of competence, training and observation of practice. You must be in the intended role to be able to prove competence. 

Knowledge Qualifications

This is usually a technical certificate which ia a qualification which is "trade" specific and reinforces the underpinning knowledge required for the competence qualification. Usually these qualifications entail a rigorous test of your subject knowledge. 

Transferable Skills

Learning is made up of Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) and Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR). PLTS include employability skills to help the apprentice make a confident and valuable contribution in the workplace. ERR are the legal rights and responsibilities of the apprentice as an employee and their employer and an apprentice must show their understanding of these.

Maths and English

All apprentices should be supported to improve their maths and English. Depending on the level of maths and English they’ve already achieved and the apprenticeship being taken, studying maths and English could be a requirement of their apprenticeship. Maths and English can be delivered through GCSE or Functional Skills.

Details are in the apprenticeship framework though generally:

  • Level 2 apprentices need maths and English at Level 1 and should attempt Level 2.
  • Level 3 apprentices need maths and English at Level 2 and should attempt Level 3.
  • There may be extra requirements for higher level apprenticeships or particular industry roles such as ICT.
 

Standards

The standards replace SASE frameworks in England. Apprentices must learn and evidence skills, knowledge and behaviours set down in the apprenticeship standard. They are set by employers, known as trailblazers, when the standard is first put together. The standard is made up of on-programme learning and end-point assessment. Where we offer them, employers can choose us for one or both parts of the standard.

1. On-programme learning

On-programme, on-the-job and off-the-job training
Training and development takes place during this part of the apprenticeship, which includes a qualification if it is identified as a requirement in the standard. Formative assessment of skills, knowledge and behaviours is required in the delivery of the standard and this will be outlined in the assessment plan. Maths and English are required (level varies according to the standard).
Maths and English 
All apprentices should be supported to improve their maths and English. Depending on the level of maths and English they’ve already achieved and the apprenticeship being taken, studying maths and English could be a requirement of their apprenticeship. Maths and English can be delivered through GCSE or Functional Skills.

Details are in the apprenticeship framework though generally:

  • Level 2 apprentices need maths and English at Level 1 and should attempt Level 2.
  • Level 3 apprentices need maths and English at Level 2 and should attempt Level 3.
  • There may be extra requirements for higher level apprenticeships or particular industry roles such as ICT.

2. Gateway

The employer and provider must sign off the apprentice as ready to move on to end-point assessment.

3. End point assessment

The end-point assessment must demonstrate that the apprentice can perform in the occupation in a fully competent, holistic and productive way. The assessment will be graded if required by the standard. The assessment organisation and assessor must be independent of, and separate from, the training provided by the provider and employer.

Lead Adult Care Worker apprenticeship is a direct replacement for the current SASE Framework Health & Social Care, England. The new Adult Care Worker standard development has been driven by an employer steering group, and then refined through the Technical Working

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The new Adult Care Worker apprenticeship is a direct replacement for the current SASE framework Health & Social Care, England. The new Adult Care Worker standard development has been driven by an employer steering group and then refined through the Technical Working

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This Apprenticeship covers a wide range of job roles on two pathways: the adult social care pathway and the health care pathway. This could mean working in the NHS, the private sector, local authorities or in the voluntary sectors.

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This Apprenticeship is for people who work with children – from birth to 16-year-olds (and their families) – in settings or services whose main purpose is children’s care, learning and development. Workers in this area make sure children are looked after, kept active, happy and nourished. They also help children develop social and practical skills.

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The Higher Apprenticeship is fully funded* and an excellent route if you have already undertaken an Intermediate or Advanced Apprenticeship and have now progressed to a more senior role. It is open to anyone employed in an appropriate job role either as an existing or newly recruited member of staff.

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