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 36 months but can be dependent upon your prior experience.
Your apprenticeship consists of several elements. These include, completion of an F Gas Certificate; a workplace Log Book (portfolio) that comprises of on-site performance evidence, witness testimonies and photographs; Functional Skills at level 2 (if you do not have a recent GCSE grade 4 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. The procedures for the maintenance of tools and the workshop; Routine servicing) and workshop (i.e. H&S in an automotive sector; How to diagnose faults using suitable fault finding strategies).
Skills you will develop during your apprenticeship
● Contribute to the maintenance of a safe and efficient workshop; Demonstrate due regard for own safety and that of others in the workshop and minimise risk of injury and vehicle damage; Complete a range of services and inspect and prepare a vehicle to the required quality standard for handover to the customer.
● Carry out fundamental tasks associated with removal and replacement procedures on a vehicle; obtain diagnostic and repair information; interpret diagnostic information and use electrical wiring diagrams to determine system serviceability; Use a range of diagnostic equipment.
● Follow recognised diagnostic procedures, logical diagnostic sequence and apply advanced diagnostic principles and problem-solving techniques to establish faults; report faults using company procedures and recommend suitable further actions.
● Follow recognised repair procedures to complete a wide range of repairs; Test the function of repaired and fitted components; adhere to business processes and complete documentation following workplace procedures; Use ICT to create emails, word-process documents and carry out web based searches.
x GCSE grade 4. Maths and 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
The end point assessment of your apprenticeship involves completion of an online Knowledge Test, split into 2 parts (45 minutes * 40 questions; 75 minutes * 60 questions); an 11 hour (approx.) practical skills test (over 2 days) completing 4-6 tasks from pre-determined skills sets; a professional discussion (supported by your work-based portfolio/log book of evidence collected over the duration of your training), lasting approx. 60 minutes. These will all be supervised by an Independent End Point Assessor.
On successful completion of this apprenticeship you can:
● Progress with your current employer into a more responsible position and apply for IMI Membership as a registered young professional