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There has never been a better time to consider applying for an apprenticeship!
Looking to earn whilst you learn? An apprenticeship could be the ideal route for you, providing you with a real job with progression and a reliable income whilst you achieve your qualification with our full support.
With an apprenticeship, you will gain the knowledge, the skills, and crucially, the industry experience necessary for a successful career. And even if you later decide to do a totally different job, the skills you have gained will give you a huge advantage.
Apprenticeships are an opportunity to acquire skills and professional experience, but they have a much wider impact. You will gain confidence in your talents, approach new situations outside your comfort zone and, maybe, even unlock new dreams and aspirations.
So what really is an Apprenticeship?
- A real job with quality training
- Hands on experience whilst gaining qualification in the work place
- Earn whilst you learn and a great way to avoid incurring debt
- Beginning of your career pathway
- The opportunity to study a nationally recognised qualification with the support of an employer and approved training provider
- Minimum of 12 months training
- Qualification paid for by your employer
- Typically at least 30 hours per week
- High quality work placements with Quality Assured training
- 20% of working hours to be spent on study for qualification, which is protected off the job training to support your development
Who can do it?
Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16 living in England.
Is an apprenticeship right for you?
To help you make that decision, here are some of the benefits you will experience:
- Gain valuable skills, experience and knowledge
- Enhance your employability and future job prospects / career opportunities
- Receive a salary whilst learning, avoiding significant debts which come from the traditional University route
- Enhance your social skills and confidence through working with others
- Potentially use an apprenticeship as an alternative route to gaining qualifications needed as entry requirements to higher level qualifications
- Opportunity to make a positive different to the communities we serve
How long will it last?
The minimum length is 12 months though for part time opportunities (min 16 hours per week) the length of the apprenticeship is increased proportionately.
So what will you get from us?
- Our experience and knowledge of apprenticeship programmes
- Long standing history of delivering successful apprenticeship - many of our apprentices have been really successful and progressed into permanent jobs at higher levels.
- Our diversity and vast range of services bring great opportunities in different fields
- Clear career pathways and ongoing commitment to support the personal development of our staff
Let’s talk pay and benefits…
The level of apprenticeship pay may vary from role to role and will be made clear as part of the advert when we are recruiting for an apprentice in a particular role. For our Health and Social Care apprenticeships, we will pay the standard rate of pay for the role, not an apprenticeship salary.
One of the great benefits of an apprenticeship is that the qualification is paid for by us, rather than you having to pay for it.
There are also many wider benefits of working for us including:
- Opportunity to work with an award winning organisation
- Generous annual leave entitlement, commencing at 23 days per year
- Access to wide range of benefits and financial discounts including home technology, high street stores, leisure facilities and travel
- Supportive training and development, with experienced staff to learn from
- Access to modern technology and new ways of working
What can you expect from the Apprenticeship Journey?
To give you an indication of the stages you will go through in the apprenticeship, the steps below provide a basic outline. This may vary dependent on the type of qualification studied.
Step 1: Recruitment Process
Apply for an apprenticeship opportunity. If successful at shortlisting and interview stage, you will be offered a position subject to satisfactory employment clearances. Once clearances obtained and you have signed your Learning Agreement, your start date will be confirmed with you.
Step 2: Meeting your Training Provider
Once you have started work, your designated approved training provider will come and see you at work and together you'll create your Individual Learning Plan.
Step 3: Work-based learning
This is the main part of your qualification. Your training provider will visit you and provide you with training and advice. Together you'll build up a portfolio which demonstrates you are able to meet the standards set out in your qualification.
Step 4: Verifying your work
You’re reaching the end of your learning journey and your work is ready to be assessed by a Verifier. The Verifier will review your portfolio to ensure it meets the required standard. If it doesn't then your training provider will work with you to give you any additional training you need before resubmitting it to the Verifier.
Step 5: Certification
Well done! Your portfolio has been successfully verified and you've earned your qualification. Your qualification is a nationally recognised achievement and demonstrates to everyone how skillful and capable you are.
Next Steps? You've finished this qualification, but what next?
Maybe you want to progress onto further qualifications and training? Advice, guidance and support will be available to help you plan your next steps.
So what do you think? Are you interested?
Explore our current opportunities here and start your journey today!