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What do I have to do in return?

It is your responsibility to ensure that you:

  • complete and sign an application form
  • have an up-to-date CV
  • can provide proof of residency (passport or other ID) and prior qualifications
  • show up on time and prepared for all interviews
  • are able to provide adequate notice if unable to attend an interview (at least the day before)
  • research the company in detail and complete any activities provided by the recruiter.

Always remember that these are professional positions so you must ensure that you look smart and are positive during the interview.

Who can do an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16 and over, living in England and not taking part in full-time education. Candidates with qualifications at level 4 and above are not eligible.

Entry requirements are flexible because Apprenticeships aren't just based on academic achievement; practical skills count in the area of work you've chosen because employers value dedication to work and keenness to learn.

What’s in it for me?

  • Employment
  • Earn as you learn
  • Gain valuable work experience for your C.V
  • Widen your skills
  • Achievement of nationally recognised qualifications
  • Improved career prospects
  • Potential to earn more and progress with your chosen career
  • Opportunity to progress on completion

How do they work?

Apprentices are made up of a variety of components. Here's our breakdown of what an Apprenticeship entails.

Qualifications

Technical certificate

The technical certificate covers everything that you need to know in order to do your job. These are classroom-based awards, generally taken on a day release basis.

It gives you a background to all the stuff you'll be doing in practice. So, you'll learn about the tools and techniques of the trade before you start using them in the workplace.

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Welcome

Congratulations on your first step to a brighter future.
Our dedicated team of staff will support you in getting a job and completing your Apprenticeship.

We offer Apprenticeships in:

  • Business Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Information Technology
  • Team Leading and Management
  • Childcare
  • Health and Social Care
  • Hairdressing
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning
  • Youth Work
  • Financial Services

The Basics

There's no doubt that Apprenticeships are demanding and challenging, but they're also very rewarding. Most importantly, Apprenticeships give you choice. They get you further, faster. Whether that's gaining employment, carrying on working, getting that important promotion or going on to college or university, an Apprenticeship is just the start of your career.

What exactly is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a high quality, work-based training programme for people who want to develop their prospects and career. This means that alongside your job you will receive high quality training specifically tailored to suit your job role within the organisation and the industry that you are working in. Not only will you gain nationally recognised qualifications you will develop practical skills and experience whilst earning a wage. Once you begin an Apprenticeship you are making a commitment for the next 12 months. You will also be expected to complete 1-2 hours of coursework per week.

What will you do for me?

We work with a number of employers across London to encourage them to invest time and resources in taking on apprentices within their organisation. In turn we will work with you to help you secure an Apprenticeship opportunity any way we can.

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Functional Skills

If you don’t already hold GCSE’s grade A* to C in English, Maths and ICT you will work towards these qualifications. You will attend training at our premises for your technical certificate and functional skills.

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)

During an Apprenticeship you'll work towards an NVQ. These are workbased competence qualifications, meaning that you train for them in the workplace, rather than in a classroom. Passing an NVQ proves that you put into practice the skills and knowledge you learnt in the technical certificate and from the on the job training provided by your employer.

They usually take 12 months to complete. They're achieved by training and assessment - that is, by proving that you can actually do the job. Assessment is normally through a combination of the following:

  • Assessments in the workplace (on-the-job)
  • Observation of you activity in a work environment
  • Planned professional discussion with yourself, managers, co-workers or mentors regarding development
  • Personal reflective accounts directly from you on your experience with the company and how they are helping you to better understand your position and improve

Apprentices produce evidence in an online portfolio, to prove they have met the NVQ competence standards. Assessors test the apprentice's underpinning knowledge, understanding and work based performance to demonstrate competence in the workplace. Assessors sign off units when the apprentice is ready.

Definition of NVQ levels:

Level 2 - Equivalent to good GCSE’s (Over a 1 year period)
Competence that involves the application of knowledge in a significant range of varied work activities, performed in a variety of contexts. Some of these activities are complex or non-routine and there is some individual responsibility or autonomy. Collaboration with others, perhaps through membership of a work group or team, is often a requirement.

Level 3 - Equivalent to good A Levels (Over a 1 year period)
Competence that involves the application of knowledge in a broad range of varied work activities performed in a wide variety of contexts, most of which are complex and non-routine. There is considerable responsibility and autonomy and control or guidance of others is often required.