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 24 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 and will demonstrate best practice. 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, interpret technical information - specifications & drawings) and workshop (i.e. develop hand & basic tool skills).
Skills you will develop during your apprenticeship
● Health and safety whilst working on site as well as self-motivation, a focus on quality and effective custom relations.
● Effective communication skills with a mature and positive attitude whilst working with others
● Demonstrate preparation of materials, Safe Working practices and a Safe Working Area
● Be able to prepare and install either kitchen, bedroom or bathroom units and fitment works to domestic or commercial buildings including safe transportation and handling of installation equipment and materials; measuring and marking out to specifications; assemble components and understand the sequence and importance thereof; re-instate a location after assembly of components
● Set up and safely use tools used to assemble furniture and their specific uses; install furniture to specification including scribing, fixing, securing of furniture using correct fittings; carry out rectification or rework, including changing handles or hinges.
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 2 hour practical simulated assessment also comprising oral questioning; a 60 minute H&S test comprising of 45 questions; an industry test comprising 30 questions and lasting up to 40 minutes. These will all be supervised by an Independent End Point Assessor.
On successful completion of this apprenticeship you can:
● Be better positioned to move to other areas within industry (Furniture restorer / maker) or self-employment.
● Progress to study at university