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Information about Apprenticeships

The aim  is to help  employers, parents, carers, managers, potential candidates, careers advisors, teachers and lecturers understand and to be able to answer questions around how to find, engage and support Apprenticeships.

The information in this series of documents is intended to give an introduction to employers in the following areas:

  • How to employ an Apprentice to grow their Business
  • How to develop their current workforce through training from the Apprenticeship portfolio
  • To explain how to navigate the funding
  • To give some tips on choosing the training provider for your Apprentice

Information for candidates - new recruits or established colleagues - 

  • Choosing the Apprenticeship that suits your hopes
  • Applying for an Apprenticeship role
  • What to expect when enrolled on an Apprenticeship

Supporting information for colleagues working in training Hubs across North West London

  • Supporting your Primary Care colleagues in developing their colleagues
  • Identifying possible Apprenticeships
  • Choosing a Training Provide
  • Understanding the funding

Apprenticeships 

Apprenticeships are not new, they have been an option for 100’s of years as a way for the novice to learn from the experienced experts in the workplace. Passing on or learning new skills, knowledge and work place behaviours that bring benefits to the apprentice or skilled professional and to the employer, business owner or team manager.

Apprenticeship Standards

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job, together with practical study.

As an apprentice you’ll:

  • be an employee earning a wage and getting holiday pay
  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • get time for training and study related to your role (at least 20% of your normal working hours)

Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level.

Levels of study as an apprentice:

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.

 

Level

Equivalent educational level

Intermediate

2

GCSE

Advanced

3

A level

Higher

4,5,6 and 7

Foundation degree and above

Degree

6 and 7

Bachelor’s or master’s degree

Some apprenticeships may also give you an additional qualification, such as a diploma, degree  or a professional body qualification.

Tuition fees will be paid for by your employer.

Step 4 - Interview Process

Think of the Interview as the point of sale – would the employer want to buy your skills, knowledge, behaviours.

And ,most importantly would you want to join an organisation that their behaviours, methods, knowledge and skills represent?

Preparing for your interview:

Everyone (well, almost everyone) gets nervous.  To manage your nerves, make sure you are prepared:

  • Read your application.
  • Check the Job description.
  • Remind yourself of the person specification they have outline.
  • Draw up a list of answers to potential questions to show your strengths.
  • Be prepared to talk about what you need to develop further (no one is fully formed).
  • Be prepared to say why you think an Apprenticeship will help you and help the organisation.

Even if your interview is online – think about what you choose to wear!  Your clothes will have an impact on how you feel and consequently how you sit, speak and how confident you feel. 

If your interview is online – think about sitting on a chair if possible with your laptop or phone on a table.  Try not to be lying on your bed!!  It

Step 7 - Know your Training Provider

All training providers are required to be registered on the Register of Approved Training Providers   register of training providers - RoATP .  Only providers on this register are entitled to deliver Apprenticeships and receive funding from the Apprenticeship Levy and/or the Education and Skills Funding Agency. 

Training providers tend to specialise in industry sectors.

All training providers are rigorously scrutinised by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills known as Ofsted.  The Education sector’s equivalent of the CQC. 

You need to know:

  1. What your Training Provider is called
  2. Who your named contact is?
  3. Who your Coach is?

What do you have to do?

  1. Record all your learning on the data system the training provider uses.
  2. Complete all your assignments on time
  3. Attend all workshops
  4. Attend all coaching sessions being prepared with any documents or assignments as required. 
  5. Arrange progress meetings with you Manager and the Training provider.  Identify the meeting space and diary invitations as appropriate. 

 

End Point Assessment

You will be recommended for the End Point Assessment at an agreed point in your learning process.  This is called the Gateway.

You will need to have evidenced the achievement of all aspects of the Standard, have evidence of having achieved Functional Skills (or equivalent) in English and Maths and the have recorded all your learning hours on your Training Providers data system.

Most Apprenticeship Standards have an externally assessed process to sign off your achievement of all aspects of the skills, knowledge and behaviours.

In some higher level, Degree Apprenticeships the Universities have integrated assessment processes.

End Point Assessment organisations are required to be independent of the training providers.  As with the training providers each organisation needs to be on the approved register of EPAs:

Each Apprentices Standard has its own format for this assessment process.  Typically, it will include a presentation on an aspect of the programme.  This is a chance for the you to demonstrate their development and learning.  This may be based on your portfolio of evidence drawn from all the activities from your experience.  

Some assessments include a multiple choice questions test, some practical scenarios to demonstrate how the you would approach the task.

Most include a professional discussion with an expert for the field to explore the work the candidate is involved in.  It’s a moment where you can ‘show off’ your skill, knowledge and behaviours and how far you have journeyed!

You will be required to pass all aspects of the assessment to be able successfully achieve the Apprenticeship.

There is the opportunity to achieve a Merit or

You can choose from over 350 standards in primary care and health services.

https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/?

For entry level jobs for new recruits within GP Practices, Pharmacies and Dentist Surgeries.  Apprenticeship Standards can include:

Entry level roles

Level

Customer Services

Level 2 and 3

Business Administration

Level 3

Pharmacist Assistant

Level 3

Pharmacist Services Assistant

Level 2 and 3

Health and Care Support Worker

Level 2

Digital Community Manager

Level 4

Junior Content Producer

Level 3

Ongoing training for existing colleagues to support their career development can include:

Entry level roles

Level

HR Support

Level 3

Assistant Accountant

Level 3

Team Leading and Supervisor

Level 3

Departmental and Operations Manager

Level 5

Senior Leader

Level 7

Senior People Manager

Level 7

Associate Project Manager

Level 4

Clinical career pathways have been supported by the provision of apprenticeships in a range of roles including:

Entry level roles

Level

Health and Care Support Workers

Level 2 and 3

Nursing Associates

Level 5

Registered Nurse Degree Apprentices

Level 6

Physicians Associate

Level 7

   Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Level 7

 

Weblinks for Employers and Apprentices

Topic

Website/Link

HASO  Tool Kit

https://haso.skillsforhealth.org.uk/toolkit/

Find an Apprenticeship Standard

https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/?

Apprenticeship Standard – Academic Levels

https://haso.skillsforhealth.org.uk/news/getting-to-grips-with-levels/

Employer Information

 

Benefits from taking on an Apprentice

https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/employers/benefits-of-hiring-apprentice

NHS Employers

https://www.nhsemployers.org/articles/what-apprenticeships-are-and-how-use-them

 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/800060/Achieving_the_benefits_of_apprenticeships.pdf

To small business

https://www.fsb.org.uk/resources-page/6-benefits-of-an-apprenticeship-for-a-small-business.html

Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/about/

Employers – Advice and Guidance

https://www.gov.uk/employing-an-apprentice

Top Tips for Employers in Primary Care

https://haso.skillsforhealth.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2019.02.21-Primary-care-top-tips-employers.pdf

Funding

 

Apprenticeship Funding – DfEd rules

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-funding

 

https://www.gov.uk/employing-an-apprentice/get-funding

 

To create an employer account on the digital apprenticeship service -  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/manage-apprenticeship-funds

 

To research apprenticeships currently being advertised in your area: Find an apprenticeship

 

To view government guides on apprenticeships

Apprenticeship Levy

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pay-apprenticeship-levy

Find a Training Provider

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/register-of-training-organisations

Recruiting an Apprentice

https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-take-on-an-apprentice

Managing an Apprentice

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/800061/Supporting_young_apprentices.pdf

Mentoring your Apprentice

https://haso.skillsforhealth.org.uk/news/welcome-to-our-apprenticeship-chat-series/

Employer commitment

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-commitment-statement-template

Apprentice Commitment Statement

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-commitment-statement-template

End Point Assessment Organisations

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/register-of-end-point-assessment-organisations

Apprenticeship Chat Series

 

https://haso.skillsforhealth.org.uk/web-resources/

 

Presentation Topic

Links

Apprenticeship Standards

Find presentation here

Functional Skills

Find presentation here

Recruiting and Apprentice

Find presentation here

Training Providers – What good looks like

Find presentation here

Employer Role

 

Find presentation here

20% Off the job – Myths and Facts

Find presentation here

Money and Funding

Find presentation here