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 48 months, but can be dependent upon your prior experience.
Your apprenticeship consists of several elements. These include, completion of a work-based portfolio that comprises of on-site performance evidence, witness testimonies and photographs; a certificate in electrotechnical and completion of the AM2S practical assessment; Functional Skills at level 2 (if you do not have a recent GCSE grade 4 in 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 7 hours per day to complete your training where you learn in both the classroom (i.e. Health & Safety; building regulations) and industry standard workshops (fault finding and practical activities).
Skills you will develop during your apprenticeship
Apply and understand a H&S awareness and environmental considerations
A good working knowledge of wiring regulations (i.e. inspecting, testing and commissioning)
Understand design and installation practices and procedures
The skills needed in installing and terminating various cables (understand terminations and connections of conductors)
Understand and apply fault diagnosis and rectification
Skills needed for installation of various containment
4 x GCSE grade 4 to include maths. English at grade 3 or above
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
You will also be required to successfully complete the AM2S. This is a robust, timed (16.5 hours typically over 3 days) practical and theory (40 multiple-choice questions) assessment in sections, requiring you to perform a set of common tasks and procedures that a full scope electrical operative might face when working in commercial or industrial premises as well as dwellings. It will assess you on installation, inspection and testing and fault-finding; that your work complies with BS 7671, be in line with relevant health and safety legislation and conform to current industry practices and procedures. These will all be supervised by an Independent End Point Assessor.
On successful completion of this apprenticeship you can:
Progress into an electrical test engineer role Progress onto a higher or degree level apprenticeship