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
This apprenticeship programme usually lasts for 18 months but can be dependent upon your prior experience.
Your apprenticeship consists of several elements. These include, an Early Years Practitioner level 2 qualification, completion of a work based portfolio that comprises of on-site performance evidence and witness testimonies, 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 learn in the classroom (safeguarding, Prevent and other practical activities).
Skills you will develop during your apprenticeship
Support babies and young children through a range of transitions.e.g. Moving onto school; types of abuse including domestic, neglect, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.
Identify risks and hazards in the work setting and during off site visits; demonstrate skills and understanding for the prevention and control of infection; using correct ppe.
Communicate with all children in ways that will be understood, including verbal and non-verbal communication; work with colleagues to identify and plan enabling environments, activities (both indoors and outdoors), play opportunities and educational programmes to support children’s holistic development.
Support children’s early interest and development in mark making, writing, reading and being read to; support children’s interest and development in mathematical learning including numbers, number patterns, counting, sorting and matching.
Work alongside parents and/or carers and recognise their role in the baby’s/child’s health, well-being, learning and development; encourage parents and/or carers to take an active role in the baby’s/child’s care, play, learning and development; demonstrate how to share information with parents/carers about the importance of healthy balanced diets and being physically active.
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 completion of a 60 minute knowledge test consisting of 40 multiple choice questions and a 90 minute professional discussion which will take the form of a 1:1 conversation, underpinned by your portfolio of evidence comprising of a minimum of 10 questions. These will all be supervised by an Independent End Point Assessor.
On successful completion of this apprenticeship you can:
● Progress onto a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Early Years Educator