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About Apprenticeships Standards and Training

Apprenticeships are designed by employers to reflect the current market and industry needs.  They offer a structured programme which provides your Apprentice with the skills needed to do the job well. Apprentices will either attend college for day/block release or receive the practical training in your workplace depending on their course. They will work towards their Apprenticeship qualification by studying technical skills and carrying out practical assessments. You will provide on the job training for them in the workplace.

Apprenticeship subjects

There are over 500 different Apprenticeships available. For a comprehensive and up-to-date list of Apprenticeships  visit the following page from the Gov.UK website.

Levels of Apprenticeships

There are three levels of Apprenticeships available

Apprenticeship Levels

Components of an Apprenticeship

An Apprenticeship is essentially a set of qualifications called a ‘standard’ (formerly a ‘framework’). Most Apprenticeships follow a standard format which consists of a technical diploma, an NVQ diploma and functional skills.

Components of anApprenticeship

The technical qualification focuses on the knowledge and understanding which underpins the NVQ and concentrates on the theory side. It requires a commitment to a minimum number of hours of teaching, which can be delivered at college 1 day a week or on block release or delivered in the employer’s premises.

The NVQ focuses on the practical skills required to do the day to day job and also demonstrates the ability at work and the ability to do the job. The NVQ itself is work based and this element is usually achieved through assessment and training on specific units selected at the start of the Apprenticeship programme.

Functional skills are core elements of English, Maths and ICT which provide individuals with the skills they need to operate confidently, effectively and independently at work. If the Apprentice does not have the required GCSE grades C or above in these core subjects, then Functional Skills will be delivered as part of the Apprenticeship.

Apprentice at work

Length of Apprenticeships

The length of an Apprenticeship varies depending on prior skills levels of the Apprentice, the qualification being obtained and industry sector. Generally, Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete. An Apprenticeship can be started at any time of year and an Apprentice must work for a minimum of 30 hours per week.