Apprenticeships are workbased programmes that enable young people and adults to gain nationally recognised qualifications through a mix of training models in college and in the workplace. Apprentices are either new or existing employees who have signed up to an apprenticeship through their employers or individuals who have been matched with an employer to start a career in their chosen occupation.
What is a framework?
There are a number of elements to each apprenticeship and this is called a framework. This means learners will gain a range of qualification as they progress through their training.
Each framework contains three main parts:
- A competence based qualification
- A knowledge based qualification
- Functional skills
- Employment Rights and Responsibilities
- Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
What level of Apprenticeships are available:
An intermediate apprenticeship is equivalent to a level 2 qualification and the training programme usually lasts between 12 and 18 months
An advanced apprenticeship develops the learners’ skills at level 3. The training programme can last between 12 and 42 months depending on the industry sector framework being undertaken.
Higher Level Apprenticeships
Higher Level Apprenticeships develop skills at level 4 or 5 and in some cases, the framework contains a knowledge based qualification such as a HNC or Foundation Degree. These may take up to 24 months to complete.