What are Apprenticeships?
An Apprenticeship is a mix of real work and learning. Apprentices earn a wage and gain experience whilst working towards a number of qualifications. An Intermediate Apprenticeship follows a Level 2 programme and can lead onto an Advanced Apprenticeship which is a Level 3 programme.
Example Job Roles as an Apprentice
· Laboratory assistant in a school science laboratory
· Laboratory assistant in an industrial environment such as a pharmaceutical company
The way to do an Apprenticeship
Start in a full-time job, (or a minimum of 30 hours per week) with an employer who will allow day release at College if required. The number of release hours will depend on the Apprenticeship. If you’re currently employed but not working towards qualifications and need to upskill, speak to your employer about converting to an Apprenticeship and ask them to contact us. We can help you find an apprenticeship too.
Programme Entry Requirements
You will need to have at least 5 gcses including science, as we have to make sure that the Apprentice has the potential to achieve the different elements that make up the Apprenticeship qualification, and that you are working at the right level in the job role.
It is a requirement to complete an initial assessment in English and Maths, and this may lead to taking some additional diagnostic assessments.
An Apprenticeship takes at least 12 months for a Level 2 and 18-24 months for a Level 3.
There are a number of elements to each Apprenticeship and this is called a framework.
· Level 2 NVQ Certificate or a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities
· Level 2/3 Certificate in Laboratory Technical Skills
· Skills element (Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT) Level 1 or 2
· Employment rights and responsibilities
· Personal and Thinking Skills
A portfolio of evidence, which will contain detailed assessment reports from the assessor/tutor. Written assignments for the technical certificate and a practical observation
There are external tests for the Technical certificate and skills elements.
What can an Apprentice do next?
- Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship
For more information, please contact:
Tel No: (01793) 732892
Visit http://getingofar.gov.uk/ (National Apprenticeship Service)