The Facts

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a nationally recognised NVQ qualification for all age groups above the age of 16 that blend work with training, both on and off the job and is known as work based learning. An apprentice will earn a living throughout their training working towards the full apprenticeship, and can also be supported financially by the government. An NVQ is a National Vocational qualification. There are two main types that your candidates can work towards. An NVQ Level 2 is equivalent to 5 good GCSEs and an NVQ Level 3 is equivalent to 2 A levels.

How do I find a suitable apprentice?

Offering a worthwhile scheme will help source great candidates for your roles. You can find ideal people through schools, colleges, job centres, and training providers. The Birmingham and Solihull Training Provider Network  directory will provide links to suitable organisations that can also help you. If your Apprenticeship scheme is a success, word of mouth will also play a part.

What are my responsibilities?

Your responsibility is to provide your people with the training, financial support and fair treatment that you would give any other member of staff. Your apprentice will be assessed separately, and will need to present a portfolio of evidence against key requirements.

How long does an Apprenticeship take?

Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentices, ability and the industry sector.

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