What is an Apprenticeship?
It is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications. Training normally takes place in a mixture of your workplace and the College but in some cases, all training is provided in the workplace with tutors visiting you.
The training focuses on improving your knowledge and skills so that you become a real asset to your employer. It is made up of:
- The Competence element (often an NVQ), which will enable you to demonstrate your workplace abilities and prove that you can do specific job-related tasks.
- The Technical certificate will give you extra knowledge and understanding about the job you are training for.
- Functional Skills cover more general work-related skills such as communication and numeracy
- ERR – Employee Rights and Responsibilities. In this part of the Apprenticeship you will learn about your rights and responsibilities in the workplace.
- PLTS – Personal Learning and Thinking Skills. As part of the Apprenticeship you will develop a series of underpinning skills that employers are looking for. Skills such as creative thinking, evaluation and team working are key to future employability, making apprentices more effective employees
Apprenticeship Training is at 3 levels and the level you take depends on your prior qualifications or experience and your job role.
People who achieve an Advanced Apprenticeship earn, on average, over £100,000 more than those who don’t over the course of their career.
Who can do an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are available to anyone over 16 living in England who has been an EU citizen for at least 3 years and is in a suitable job role. You will need to be employed, normally for at least 30 hours per week. If you are already working, ask your employer about supporting you to do Apprenticeship training
- If you don’t currently have a job or your employer doesn’t support you doing training you can find apprenticeship vacancies using the National Apprenticeship website – www.apprenticeships.org.uk. This website is full of information about apprenticeships and:
- • Enables you to search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies
- • Matches you with an employer who has vacancies
- • Gives you access to additional help and support you may need
You can also look in local papers and search job vacancy sites such as:
www.totaljobs.com, www.jobsearch.co.uk, indeed.co.uk/jobs
We can support your search for Apprenticeship vacancies and help you prepare for interviews. The College also offers a short Pre-Apprenticeship course.
What support can you expect during your apprenticeship?
You will be supported by the College and your employer. At work you will have a supervisor who will help you to understand what is expected of you and support your progress through the training. You will also have a dedicated member of staff from City of Westminster College who will meet with you regularly to make sure you are on track.
Where will it take me?
Apprenticeships can be demanding but they are very rewarding. Because Apprenticeships train you in the skills employers want, they give you choices in your career. When you've finished you can carry on working, maybe get promoted or go on to Higher Education in a College or University.
When is the next course?
Wherever possible we try to offer Apprenticeship training on a flexible basis so you can start at any time.
I am interested. What do I do next?
Please call 020 7258 2711, email firstname.lastname@example.org or come along to one of our Open Days.
We are able to offer and tailor Apprenticeships in career paths and specialisms not mentioned below, for more information on this please ask.