Apprenticeships Employers FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions
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What is an Apprenticeship?
A programme of training delivered in the workplace during which the Apprentice receives quality hands-on experience and gains a recognised, national qualification. There are two levels - Intermediate Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship.

Who can do an Apprenticeship?
Anyone who is 16+ and not taking part in full-time education. A willingness to gain further knowledge and skills in the workplace is essential.

What qualifications are included?
The Apprenticeship Framework contains certain learning components including: NVQ2 (Intermediate Apprenticeships) NVQ3 (Advanced Apprenticeships) and Functional Skills.

How does it work?
Apprentices can start at any time during the year, after attending an interview and undertaking an initial assessment. Each Apprentice has a college assessor who visits them in the workplace every 4 weeks. This is to carry out assessments, provide support to both Apprentice and employer, and to ensure that the welfare/health and safety needs of the Apprentice are being met. Apprenticeships are real jobs with training.

How long does it take?
Each learner works to an individual Learning Plan. In general terms you can expect it to take 18 months per level to complete the full apprenticeship programme.

How much does it cost?
Apprenticeships are subject to government funding to support staff development for staff under the age of 24. The level of funding varies and we also offer discounts to employers who train more than one staff member. All Apprentices under the age of 19 and some aged 19-23 are fully funded. Apprentices over the age of 24 are eligible to apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan and their employer may also be subject to a fee. Talk to us to find out how much funding you can have.

Find out more!
Please call 01702 445736 or email businessinfo@southend-adult.ac.uk and talk to a member of our Business Development Team.