Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are increasingly recognised as the gold standard for work-based training. Our funded apprenticeships last a minimum term of 12 months and a day maximum term of 14 months (this is to meet funding agreement with our partner(s)).

An Apprenticeship is essentially a set of qualifications – called a ‘framework’.


The Framework Consists 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 BTEC technical certificate will give you extra knowledge and understanding about the job you are training for.

Transferable Skills such as Functional Skills cover more general work-related skills such as English, maths, communication, team working, and problem solving and using new technologies.

ERR – Employee Rights and Responsibilities. In this part of the BTEC Apprenticeship you will learn about your rights and responsibilities in the workplace. On completion you will receive a BTEC Award in Work skills for effective learning and employment.

PLTS – Personal Learning and Thinking Skills. As part of the BTEC 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 BTEC apprentices more effective employees.


Apprenticeship Levels Explained:

There are three levels of Apprenticeships available for those aged 16 and over:

Level 2 BTEC Intermediate Apprenticeships – These provide the skills you need for your chosen career and allow entry to an Advanced Apprenticeship.

Level 3 BTEC Advanced Apprenticeships – These provide the skills you need for advancement in your chosen career.

Level 4/5 BTEC Higher Apprenticeships – These Apprenticeships work towards qualifications such as NVQ Level 4 and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Higher National Certificate or Diploma.

Your efforts will be rewarded throughout the process, as you will receive a separate certificate for each qualification you achieve, as well as receiving a certificate once you have completed and achieved all aspects of your Apprenticeship programme.