Modern Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships are rapidly becoming the pathway of choice for young people wishing to develop a professional career. They provide valuable experience and training from experienced people while studying for nationally recognised qualifications with a professional training provider. They improve employability, enhance career development, and provide the opportunity to “Earn While You Learn”. Many professional bodies such as IOP (The Institute of Paralegals), are now supporting apprenticeships as a valid and preferred career pathway to professional qualifications within their sectors.
Employers are benefiting from the influx of ambitious young people who can be trained to provide an ever increasing contribution to the workforce as they progress through their programme.
NLC Award Winning learning resources unique delivery methods and professional support team ensure high achievement rates in record time with a minimum disruption to the working environment.
Apprenticeship candidates can be nominated by the employer from their existing workforce, recruited by the employer or suitable candidates will be recruited by NLC.
Wages are paid by the employer (minimum £95 per week for full time employment)
Training assessment and certification fully funded.
How long :
A typical apprenticeship programme will take 12 months to complete. Candidates can then progress to an Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) which can take up to 18 months. They can then go on to take further professional qualifications within their chosen sector. Many apprenticeships develop transferable skills and accreditations which are equally valid in other sectors to facilitate flexibility in career development.
Apprentices are full time employees of the placement company and receive a minimum of £95 per week (£2.50 per hour) at 16-19 years old and £3.40 per hour at 19-25 years old.
Time to study:
Apprentices are allowed an average of 4 hours per week, during working hours, to study towards their qualification and where required, time for off the job training and assessment.
Training and Assessment:
When the apprentice first starts, an individual learning plan is developed with the employer and training provider. Any gaps in the training and experience being provided by the employer will be filled by the training provider using on or off the job training supported by distance learning.
Each apprenticeship framework consists of a group of qualifications:
• Certificate or Diploma – assesses competency to nationally recognised standards
• Technical Certificate – develops and assesses underpinning skills and knowledge
• Functional (or Key) Skills – develops job related literacy and numeracy skills
There are some mandatory units in the qualifications and several optional units that can be chosen to suit the job role and experience you are gaining with the employer.
• To act at all times as a loyal and dedicated employee of the company that employs them
• To carry out the work required to complete the apprenticeship qualifications in the time-frame agreed
• To remain in the apprenticeship placement until the qualification is achieved
• To provide the training and experience required to enable the candidate to achieve their qualifications as agreed in the formulation of the individual learning plan
• Provide time during normal working hours for the candidate to study for their qualification and undertake training and assessment in the workplace or remotely
• Provide support, accreditation, assessment and training where required