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Apprenticeship Structure & Delivery

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APPRENTICESHIP STRUCTURE & DELIVERY

An apprenticeship is a framework of qualifications set by a Sector Skills Council (SSC), an independent organisation that works closely with employers to develop high quality training programmes.


  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeship (Level 2): equivalent to 5 GCSE passes

  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship (Level 3): equivalent to 2 A Level passes

  • Higher Level Apprenticeship (Levels 4 & 5): can lead to foundation degrees and other Higher Level qualifications

Different Awarding Bodies certificate the individual qualifications within each framework, and produce a set of Learning Outcomes for each. Learning Outcomes detail the knowledge and competencies you must demonstrate through your day-to-day job role in order achieve the qualification. Your tutor’s role is to help you meet the Learning Outcomes for each component through teaching and training.
You’ll receive a certificate for each qualification, as well as an overall apprenticeship framework certificate.


QCF (NVQ)+


A QCF (commonly known as an NVQ) will form the main aim of your apprenticeship. This is a competence-based qualification, where you demonstrate the abilities and skills required for your day-to-day workplace duties. Your tutor will assist you to select units that are most relevant to your job role, allowing the qualification to be tailored to your specific training needs.

BTEC+


A BTEC assesses your knowledge and understanding of the principles of your job role and the industry in which you operate. The majority of our courses combine this element with the QCF, however in some apprenticeships this is completed as a standalone qualification.

Functional Skills+


Functional Skills are standalone qualifications that enhance your existing skills in English, Maths and ICT. You’ll prepare with your tutor ahead of sitting exams in each subject, but your previous qualifications may mean you don’t have to complete this part of the apprenticeship.

Employee Rights & Responsibilities+


The Employee Rights & Responsibilities unit teaches you about your rights and responsibilities under UK employment and Health & Safety legislation. This is usually completed in the form of a workbook.

Personal Learning & Thinking Skills+


Throughout your apprenticeship, you will be required to demonstrate a range of Personal Learning and Thinking Skills that are essential to life, learning and work. These generic skills have a significant impact on a person’s ability to make a confident contribution, both within and outside of their working environment.


Following your enrolment session, your tutor will visit you in your workplace at regular intervals for the 12-month duration of your apprenticeship. During these visits, they will deliver teaching and training sessions relating to your job role, and will help you to collect evidence that demonstrates your workplace knowledge and competencies.

We understand that everyone works and learns best in different ways: some people like to write down answers, where some prefer to answer verbally; some people enjoy group work, whilst others would rather work individually. Due to our flexible, one-to-one delivery style, your apprenticeship content and teaching will be tailored to suit your individual learning style and training needs.

Throughout your course, any evidence you produce will be stored on your personal e-portfolio, which is accessible 24/7 for you and your tutor to upload and download work. Summaries of each visit you have are also recorded here, so you can easily look back to check what homework you’ve been set and the date of your next visit.

Professional Discussions+


Pre-planned and structured reviews of practice conducted between you and your tutor.

Observations+


Descriptions of what the tutor witnesses as they observe you carrying out your day-to-day workplace duties.

Work Products+


Anything that you produce as part of your job role, such as reports or meeting minutes.

Knowledge Checks+


Questions set by the tutor for you to answer verbally or in writing, sometimes in the form of a worksheet.

Reflective Accounts+


Written statements detailing how you have dealt with different situations at work.

Witness Testimonies+


Statements from people other than your tutor, such as your manager or colleague, describing your competencies.

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