Sector skills council and employers have joined hands and came up with the specialized apprenticeship programs that are in line with the current market and industry needs. These apprenticeships offer a structured program which equips your apprentice with the necessary skills needed to do the job well. Depending on the course subjects which they are studying, apprentices will be required to either attend college for day/block release or receive the practical training in your workplace. Apprenticeship framework will include studying technical skills and carrying out practical assessments.
An Apprenticeship consists of a set of qualifications called the "framework". Apprenticeship framework follow a standard set of format made up of technical NVQ certificate and functional skills.
The main focus of this technical NVQ certificate is to underpin the knowledge and understanding of the certificate while concentrating on the theory side. To obtain this technical certificate, one must commit to a minimum number of hours in a classroom and they would be attennding college one day a week or for some framework this may also be delivered during the block release.
NVQ certificate mainly focuses on providing the practical skills required to do routine jobs this also forms a part of the qualification, demonstrating the ability to perform different tasks. The NVQ is a work based qualification therefore, students select their units at the start of the Apprenticeship programs and these units of the framework are usually achieved through assessment and training.
Functional skills include core elements of English, maths and ICT which gives confidence to the individuals to operate in a working environment independently and effectively with ease. If the apprentice lacks the required GCSE grade C or above in these core subjects then the trainers would help them to achieve these grades.
The duration of the apprenticeship program depends upon prior skills and learning levels of the apprentice, the qualification being obtained and the industry sector. Generally, apprentices takes around one to four years to complete. Apprenticeship could be started at any time of the year and they need to comit to a minimum of 30 working hours per week.
The national minimum hourly rate of pay for apprentices is set as £3.30 per hour. Host employers are required to set up hourly rate which would be depending upon the job role and functions. We recomend incentivising pay rises which are linked to the course as well as the performance of the apprentice within the workplace. It is the right of the apprentices to get paid for the duration of the apprenticeship and training time, as the apprenticeship is a package of work and on and off job training.
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