Apprentices at Appleby Training & Heritage Centre

What is an apprenticeship?

It is a job with training. An apprentice has a job that includes gaining recognised qualifications and essential skills whilst working and earning a wage.

There are three types of Apprenticeships:

  • Foundation Apprenticeship
  • Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Higher Apprenticeship

There are over 280 types of apprenticeships available, suitable for hundreds of different job roles in approximately 170 different industries. From Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools to Childcare, Horticulture to Hairdressing, Business Administration to Electrical Engineering.

An apprenticeship framework is made up of THREE component parts:

  1. The main aim – this is a substantial qualification, used to support the apprentice gain practical and theoretical knowledge in their occupational area
  2. Functional Skills or GCSE`s in English and Maths and ICT – apprentices who have already gained at least a grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics are not required to re-sit. Most, but not all, apprenticeship frameworks require Functional Skills in ICT.
  3. Employee Rights and Responsibilities, whereby apprentices learn what is expected of them as an employee and what they can expect from their employer.

Most young people start on a Foundation Level Apprenticeship, this involves study at Level 2.  Apprentices can then progress to an Advanced Level Apprenticeship which involves study at Level 3, roughly equivalent to “A” Level standard.  It is possible for suitable candidates to enrol on an Advanced Level Apprenticeship, without first completing an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship Programme.

What Appleby Heritage Centre can do for employers

1. Support a range of apprenticeship programmes:

  • Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair,
  • Engineering,
  • Business Administration,
  • Customer Service,
  • Children and Young People`s Workforce,
  • Early Years` Educator,
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools,
  • IT for the Specialist User.

2. Subject specialist support for each of our frameworks, all of our staff delivering training have occupational competence and the required assessing qualifications.

3. Support those candidates who require functional skills qualifications; including GCSE Mathematics and English. Again we have qualified specialist teachers to deliver this aspect of the frameworks.

4.  A friendly and supportive learning environment for your apprentice in a quite unique setting.

What an employer commits to when taking on an apprentice

  • Allowing the apprentice time off for training to support the “on the job” experience, this must equate to a minimum of 20% of the hours paid. Therefore, if an apprentice is employed for 30 hours per week, then the training element must be at least 6 hours.
  • To pay at least the National Minimum Wage for apprentices, this is set by central government. From 1st October 2016 the rate is £3.40 per hour, this is paid for ALL hours.
  • Pay and give appropriate holiday pay, at least 20 days per annum plus bank holidays.
  • Issue your apprentice with a Contract of Employment.
  • Engage with the training provider, Appleby Heritage Centre. This involves advising us of absences, any concerns you have, reviews of progress with the apprentice at 12 weekly intervals. Similarly it is always good to hear about any successes your apprentice has and any additional training or support you have put in place to ensure your apprentice achieves.
  • Employ the apprentice for at least 30 hours each week.

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