An apprenticeship is a programme which includes training at work with your employer and off the job training. It is for people of any age above 16. You will gain nationally recognised qualifications. Apprentices learn whilst actually doing the job and you can ‘earn while you learn’. Apprenticeships also enable apprentices to gain a license to practice in a regulated profession (such as accountancy, gas fitting, electrical installation and dental nursing). The college will work with you to find a suitable employer for your apprenticeship or you may have an employer who is willing to support you on your apprenticeship journey. There are various levels of apprenticeships you can do for example, level 2 or level 3 and up to degree level.
Whilst you are an apprentice, you will be paid the minimum apprenticeship wage. These rates are different according to your age. However the majority of employers we work with, pay far more than this. You can see the salaries and our job vacancies on line at https://www.tameside.ac.uk/Pages/School_Leavers/earn_while_you_learn/apprenticeship_vac.aspx
Apprentices are employed and develop their occupational skills whilst working on their apprenticeship programme.
This apprenticeship programme usually lasts for 18 months, but can be dependent upon your prior experience.
Your apprenticeship consists of several elements. These include, a Level 2 Diploma in Bakery, Functional Skills at level 1 (if you do not have a recent GCSE grade 2 in maths and English you will be required to attend college to complete this). You will also complete 20% of your time during the apprenticeship completing off the job training.
Arrangements for your off the job training
You will attend Tameside College for 35 weeks for 6 hours per day to complete your training where you will learn in both the classroom (i.e. H&S; compliance with industry legislation) and kitchen (i.e. weighing and measuring ingredients; practical skills and use of equipment).
Skills you will develop during your apprenticeship
● Weighing and measuring ingredients. (Attention to details).
● Developing fundamental skills and techniques to enable you to produce a wide variety of baked products.
● Working safely with industrial machinery like mixers, ovens, and production lines.
● Managing production areas safely, cleanly, and hygienically.
● Creating and developing new products.
● Practical skills using knives and other catering equipment
● Learning about and complying with legislation
● Delivering, maintaining, and assuring quality of products
● Positive workplace behaviours. Taking pride and ownership in your work
● Developing communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills
3 x GCSE grade 3 and minimum GCSE grade 1 in maths and English
You will be assessed on your apprenticeship at work by your visiting trainer/assessor and for the knowledge/technical elements at college by your teacher. Evidence produced in the workplace for your apprenticeship programme will be continually assessed on an ongoing basis throughout your apprenticeship.
End Point Assessment
The end point assessment of your apprenticeship involves a 6 hour practical examination with an independent assessor and a theory examination. These will all be supervised by an Independent End Point Assessor.
On successful completion of this apprenticeship you can:
● Progress onto the Apprenticeship Standard Level 3 in Food and Drink or further training and employment opportunities in the food industry including Level 3 Award in Food Safety Supervision for Manufacturing or Level 3 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing
● Progression to further learning in subject areas including Bakery production, Bakery science and technology, Food safety and quality and Food team leading/management