Companies need staff who have skills that are best suited to their business. They need to employ people who understand the job, and who can become a real asset to the team. By training staff themselves in-house through the Apprenticeship Programme, employers can make sure that their workforce has the skills to work more effectively and profitably.
And that’s why apprenticeships are so highly regarded by businesses from all sectors, and why you’ll be respected as an apprentice. You’ll be right there at the forefront, learning to do it the way modern business wants it done.
The more you learn, the more trust and respect you’ll earn.
What is an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship is not a qualification in itself but a number of separately certified qualifications, courses and workplace training, making up the framework. Apprenticeships help you increase your work-based competencies – through increased knowledge and skill – and are designed to help you reach a high level of competency and performance.
How long does an Apprenticeship last?
The duration of an Apprenticeship depends on the framework being followed and the ability of the individual apprentice. An Apprenticeship can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentice’s ability and the industry sector. As a guide, an Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship usually takes around 12 to 18 months and an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship around 24 months.
Who pays for the training?
Apprenticeship funding is available through the European Social Fund (ESF) to support the delivery of training and can be accessed to support the development needs of new or existing employees. The Government funds Apprenticeship training in full for 16-24 year olds.
For those aged over 24 years old training may receive support, via funding, employer contribution or personal investment. Prospective learners may be able to apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. These are similar to Higher Education Student Loans and repayable once the learner is earning over £21000. Where Government funding is not available training can be funded entirely by the employer or employee.
What are the different types of Apprenticeships?
Apprenticeships are increasingly recognised as the gold standard for work-based training. Care Credentials Wales can deliver Apprenticeships at three different levels:
- Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeships – designed to build and consolidate knowledge and competence of operational roles within an industry.
- Level 2 Apprenticeships are designed specifically with the employer in mind, making it easy to re-skill and up-skill an existing workforce as well as creating new Apprenticeship roles.
- Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeships – perfect for people in a supervisory or managerial role, or for employees looking to attain the skills required to reach a supervisory or managerial level.
- Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeships cover all aspects of learning designed to support career progression and managerial development.
- Higher Level 5 Apprenticeships are a work-based route into higher education and are aimed at higher level management or those who desire to become part of the senior management team.
Who are Apprenticeships for?
Apprenticeships are for new and existing staff. They are open to all ages above 16 years old and not in full-time education, although Government funding is prioritised to certain groups. Individuals with a Level 4 or above qualification (e.g. a degree), are not eligible to receive funding for an Apprenticeship.
How is training delivered?
The Apprenticeship programme may involve one-to-one discussion, practical demonstration, assignment work, assessment – both practical and theory. All of which are carried out by our fully qualified and experienced assessors and trainers. Our care training team can visit you at your place of work or arrange for you to attend our offices, located in Aberdare, South Wales.
How much will I be paid?
All apprentices are employed and have a contract of employment. Ideally, a salary should be offered that reflects the job role and the skills and experience of the candidate, whilst recognising the training opportunity being offered. A minimum wage must be paid to all apprentices who are under 19 or in the first year of their Apprenticeship. Visit the Apprenticeships National Minimum Wage Guide for more information.
How much time must I commit?
CCW ask all apprentices to commit at least four hours per month to their assessor, whilst most Apprenticeships require a lot of on the job training. The time you commit is invaluable to your development and career.
What Apprenticeships can I study?
Care Credentials Wales are specialists in care training and offer Apprenticeships in several routes, Healthcare, Childcare, Team Leading, and Management. If you are interested in additional routes outside of Healthcare please visit Talentma.