Apprenticeship

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future. Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

How long does an apprenticeship take?

The duration of the Apprenticeship will depend on the ability of the individual apprentice.

The minimum duration of the Apprenticeship for apprentices aged 16 –18 is 12 months.
For those apprentices aged 19 or over the Apprenticeship should also last at least 12 months, unless relevant prior learning can be evidenced. Where this is the case the Apprenticeship will not be less than six months.

These are designed to be minimum durations and Apprenticeships will often take considerably longer and should be based on the framework’s recommended duration. Apprenticeships can last between 3 – 4 years especially if they are at a higher level.

At CSL an apprentice will generally complete a Level 2 or Level 3 apprenticeship within 18 months to 2 years. This does vary because each apprentice’s training programme is personalised to ensure it is as effective and successful as possible.

During their apprenticeship, the apprentice will be employed for at least 30 hours per week. The number of hours per week may sometimes be less than this, but in that case the length of the apprenticeship must be extended.

What does the training consist of?

Apprenticeships may be taken at Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4:

  • Level 2 Intermediate apprenticeships equivalent to five good GCSE passes
  • Level 3 Advanced apprenticeships equivalent to A Levels

Apprenticeships include a number of elements that together make up the whole training package. An Apprenticeship is a way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future. Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

The key parts of the apprenticeship training programme are:

  • National Vocational Qualification (NVQ): These qualifications assess the development of practical skills and they are assessed “on the job” in the workplace.
  • Technical Certificate: This element develops theoretical and applied knowledge and it will lead to a nationally recognised qualification from an awarding body such as a BTEC. This is a college-based component and it is taught and assessed by CSL.
  • Employer Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning: Some Apprenticeship frameworks have the technical certificate or Employer Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning elements combined within the NVQ.
  • Functional Skills: These are also college-based and are taught and assessed by CSL to develop good maths and English skills. Depending on your prior attainment in English, math or IT you may not need to complete Functional Skills exams as part of your Apprenticeship.