Apprenticeship Info for Schools
In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson. -Tom Bodett
With the changes in the school leaving age 16-18 year olds are now staying in education and training. For many students they feel the options are only Sixth Form or Further Education College. But for students that want to get started in their chosen career as soon as possible, whilst getting nationally recognised qualifications, apprenticeships are the best of both worlds.
The government have provided information to give you ahead start on getting information to students, and we are happy to answer any questions you might have. Do you have a number of students that are interested in taking up apprenticeships in one or more of our specialist areas? Give us a call and we can discuss things in more detail, or maybe come into your school to give the students a chance to ask more questions.
Different levels of Apprenticeships
- Level 2
- 12-18 months
- Equivalent to 5 GCSEs A*-C
- Level 3
- 18-48 months
- Equivalent to 2 A-Levels
Higher and Degree Apprenticeships:
- Levels 4-7
- At least 24 months often longer
- Equivalent to foundation degree level.
Apprenticeships can be broken down into the qualification, which depending on the sector might include NVQ, HNC, HND, or BTEC qualifications. These will require a set number of guided learning hours, often in a college setting one day a week, although many training providers use eLearning or similar means of supporting the students. As well as the qualification there is on the job training in the specific skills for their sector, and the transferable functional skills that they will build up naturally in the work environment and during their guided learning hours.
Traineeships are also available, although the funding is not as readily available as with apprenticeships. Traineeships are targeted at students with the motivation to undertake an apprenticeship, but need more time or skills to be able to take up an apprenticeship position. They are normally around 5 months in length.
As a training provider we are able to help point students in the right direction when it comes to finding the right apprenticeship for them. At present we are focusing on Digital Marketing and Social Media Marketing, as well as Business Administration, but have new courses and opportunities opening up soon. Our areas of focus are the areas that local business owners are looking for. Giving students the skills and qualifications they need to get into a solid career. Get in touch to discuss more about the framework and routes that we have in apprenticeships.
Students that progress on to an apprenticeship are a big plus on your official outcomes for that student, even if they leave another 16-18 courses such as A-Levels. If your school has an attached sixth form college and there are students that want to look at apprenticeships no matter the stage they are at in their Level 3 course this will not negatively impact your results for that student, depending on how your school measures the outcomes, especially when you consider that some students who are not suited to a theoretical course of study may thrive in a work based environment and gain qualifications that they might otherwise miss out on.
Since students will apply for an apprenticeship in a similar way to a job application, and there may be more than one application for the role, especially the higher paid roles and those in the more popular workplaces, it is important that they have the best GCSE results possible. To continue on to a Level 3 course students must have at least a C, or a grade 4, in Maths and English, or be willing to retake these qualifications alongside their other studies, meaning that it is in their best interest to get a good grade in these core subjects, along with as many other subjects, especially those that might relate to their prospective career.
An apprenticeship is a full time role, including a minimum of 30 hours work and a set number of hours of training. They will be supported at every stage of the way by a more experienced member of staff, meaning that they can get hands on learning in their chosen role, whilst starting to complete the actual roles they wish to build a career in.
Far from it, with apprenticeships in law, health related areas, veterinary support areas, information technology, gaming, design, business, and many others, students that you might have seen as being destined for university might find that avoiding the debt and gaining hands on experience is their preferred route.
As a local firm specialising in specific areas we know the local market and opportunities for your students. Feel free to contact us to get more details, including the exam bodies we work with, the training we provide, how we can support students who might have special educational needs, and how we can help students take their first steps into the career of their dreams. Being local we are looking to build relationships with all the schools in out area so that we are on your list of future careers for the students that you have spent years guiding through school and teenage life.