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Apprenticeships explained

An apprentice is an employee who is working towards an apprenticeship. This can either be an existing employee or someone who has been hired to fill a vacancy. Our visual diagram explains more about the various elements of an apprenticeship. 

An apprenticeship is a training programme that takes place in the workplace where the apprentice will gain relevant skills and experience in their chosen sector. These typically last 12 months although this can vary. There are three levels of apprenticeship available:

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Higher

The key format to an apprenticeship is based upon:

  • Diploma / certificate: to develop the apprentices skills in the workplace
  • Technical certificate: provides the knowledge the apprentice needs for their specific job role
  • Functional skills: develop skills in Maths, English and IT
  • Employee rights and responsibilities: specific to the workplace and includes health and safety
  • Personal learning and thinking skills: to develop the skills you as an employer specifically

The apprentice will work towards their apprenticeship while based in your workplace – there is no day release for college. We will support on the following:

  • Pre-enrolment assessment: this determines the apprentices individual competencies to ensure we enrol them on the right qualification
  • Personal learning plan: this will be agreed between you (the employer), the First4Skills’ training assessor and the apprentice.
  • Support: a workplace mentor will be assigned to the apprentice to offer guidance on a day-to-day basis
  • Induction: the apprentice will need to go through an induction to cover your company policies and procedures
  • Workplace visits: our training assessors will arrange to visit the apprentice throughout their qualification to assess them in the job and to provide support and assistance