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What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are a way of gaining a qualification and workplace experience. They can give a company the correctly trained person for the job who will have both practical skills and the knowledge to do the job well, this means apprentices can earn and learn at the same time.

An apprentice will study a group of qualifications (called The Framework) including Maths, English and ICT.

“Aren’t all apprentices Engineers?”

No, there are frameworks across most businesses to meet  industry needs, from Warehousing, Care, Accountancy and Surveying plus of course the traditional ones in Engineering and Construction. There are a full range of apprenticeships and new ones are being added by industry all the time as they are seen to give the best range of business benefits to companies.

Some of the key benefits of employing apprentices are that they provide:-
  • Loyal employees
  • A cost effective work force
  • Apprentices bring in ideas to improve the business

Apprenticeships and Skills Funding Agency (SFA)

The SFA is one of the organisations responsible for improving the skills of England's workforce and make it more competitive. It is responsible for planning and funding high-quality vocational education and training for apprenticeships. They work closely with businesses to ensure this training meets their needs effectively.

The SFA subsidises apprenticeship training and the amount of support depends on the age of the apprentice.

Apprenticeships and your business: How do they work?

Normally the company employs an apprentice (pays the wages) and a college or training provider will train and assess the apprentice to the framework of qualification the industry recognises at the appropriate level and depth to be an effective employee. The apprentice normally works for four days in the company gaining valuable experience as well as helping to carry out the business for that company and attends a college or training provider 1 day per week. (We offer various modes of attendance/across various qualifications depending on the courses and the delivery required)

There are five easy steps to acquiring an Apprentice

Step 1: Indentify the skills your business needs from apprentices

Havering College will work with you to carry out a free review and analysis of your business needs to assess what kind of an apprentice your business needs now, and what it might need in the future, based on a clear understanding of your business goals.

Havering College has a proven track record of providing effective services to business. Access to a wider network of business support service can also be provided.

Step 2: Pinpoint the right training

Havering College makes training recommendations based on their skills analysis explained in Step 1. These will help you:
  • Pinpoint the type of apprentice that best suits your needs;
  • Select the right alternative Training Provider (if identified provision is not currently delivered at Havering College);
  • Choose how and when the training is delivered;
  • Determine which qualifications your Apprentice will benefit from.

Step 3: Agree a tailored apprenticeship framework.

Together with Havering College you can agree the framework which best meets the needs of your business which we can help you identify.

Step 4: Find available funding

Havering College can recommend the best ways of funding your apprenticeship and will always recommend the most cost effective solution that is open to businesses and explain all the funding options available to you.

Step 5: Review the progress you’re making

Havering College will negotiate the frequency and detail of feedback to the company on how your Apprentice is progressing, the maximum feedback period is 12 weeks however, this is quite often shorter (weekly) upon agreement.

Contact Havering College for further help and advice.
Call us on 01708 462800 or email.
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