What does completing an apprenticeship entail?

There are a four and sometimes five different qualifications in the framework. They are the NVQ in your chosen subject, the Technical Certificate, and Essential skills in Communication and Application of Number (and Information Technology for some frameworks)

How much does it cost?

Apprenticeships are currently delivered free to learners and employers as they are fully funded by the Welsh Government with the support of the European Social Fund.

Will I have to complete any work in a classroom?

You will not have to attend formal classes as most of the qualification is designed to be assessed in the workplace. However there may be occasions where you will work with your assessor on a 1-2-1 basis in order to complete knowledge evidence questions. This is usually completed in an appropriate space at your work place.

What kind of commitment will I have to make?

You will be visited by your assessor once a month for between one and two hours, where he or she will carry out assessment activity with you. They may also set you work to complete in your own time if appropriate, but this will be kept to a minimum.

How long will it take?

Training is planned to be completed in 14 months (Level 2) and in 16 months (Level 3). However this can be less if you are motivated and are able to commit to additional assessment activity.

What support will I get from my assessor?

As much as you need in order to successfully manage the qualifications. All assessors are fully trained in their respective roles and are used to providing the support necessary to build your confidence, skills and competencies. All they expect in return is your commitment.

What happens if I can’t attend a planned assessment, through illness or because of additional work activities?

Don’t worry, these things do happen. We will be as flexible as possible, just contact your assessor and they will re-arrange the visit with you.

How will I prove that I have the skills and competencies and what is assessment?

Your assessor will use a variety of assessment methods in order to produce a portfolio of evidence with you. These include observing you carrying out your work duties, discussing your work role with you, gaining witness testimony from your manager, setting written questions or recording your answers using DVR, using product evidence such as documents you have produced.

Do I have to have any qualifications to get on the course?

No, but you have to be employed in a job role where you can generate evidence and you must have to have a commitment to achieve your learning goal. Your assessor will assist you with everything else.

How do I know if I am eligible?

There are one or two criteria that would have to be confirmed, such as your home postcode and details about any other qualifications and courses you have undertaken. If you are unsure please do not hesitate to  contact us and we can discuss your options for Work Based Learning.

How do I get started?

You should speak to your employer before completing the on-line application form. Alternately, you can contact us and we can discuss your training requirements directly with your employer. The next stage is that we will contact you to confirm details and arrange the induction process.

Will I get recognised certificates for the qualifications I pass?

Yes, all qualifications are fully accredited as we are an approved training centre with City & Guilds, Pearson Edexcel and Wamitab (Waste and Recycling sector awarding body). Awarding bodies are national and international institutions that regulate and issue certificates for training qualifications that meet agreed academic or industry standards.

What is involved in the induction and how long will it take?

The induction covers information about all aspects of the training, health and safety requirements, who is who in regard to the management of your portfolio, the signing of required Welsh Government paperwork (candidate and employer) and two assessments in order to determine the type of support that you may benefit from. An induction will take up to three hours, but this can be split between two visits if appropriate.

What benefit will I get from completing an apprenticeship?

You will gain a nationally recognised suite of qualifications, you will gain confidence, learn more about the industry you work in, you will gain skills and competencies, you will learn more about safe and sustainable work practices and it will improve your employment and career development opportunities.


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