Apprentice journey

Apprenticeships:

Every Apprenticeship, regardless of sector or level, is now designed around a specific job role. For that job role, employers have determined what are the key Knowledge areas employees need to know and the key Skills and Behaviours employees need to demonstrate to prove they are competent in that role. These Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours are then listed and described in what’s called an Apprenticeship ‘standard’.

Essentially, whilst you are on the Apprenticeship you are working to learn the knowledge (usually through completion of a professional qualification) and develop and demonstrate the skills and behaviours (through interactive workshops, 1-2-1s, e-learning and be shown new skills in the workplace).

At the end of the Apprenticeship, you must then demonstrate everything you’ve learned in an End Point Assessment, which will be independently assessed. The End Point Assessment is specifically designed to test your career-ready skills, and may consist of a reflective statement, interview, professional discussion, or a portfolio. Your EPA gives you and your employer the confidence that you have met the standard required for that particular job role and help to progress your career.

A full list of Apprenticeship standards can be found on the government website launch.

Introduction

Apprenticeships are a great way for employers to nurture their own talent. They also provide an excellent route for young people to enter the labour market allowing individuals to train on the job and gain a qualification at the same time. They have become a key government policy in the UK. Funding reforms mean that, from April 2017,large employers pay an apprenticeship levy and other employers will be required to

contribute some of the costs.

Apprenticeships can therefore offer a career route into the organisation and an invaluable opportunity to develop the expertise the business needs now and in the future.

  • Taught by industry tutors

  • Dedicate 20% of your working time towards your studies

  • Receive a recognised qualification

  • Apply what you learn in your job, helping to advance your career.

Apprentice journey

On-programme delivery

  • Training, learning and practical experience

  • Achieve English and Maths (if not already held)

  • Regular progress review and reflective accounts

  • Completion of portfolio of evidence

Gateway

  • Employer, training provider and you confirm readiness for EPA

  • Training provider submits documents to Progress Minded, examples include:

    • Maths & English certificates

    • Portfolio of evidence

    • Signed declaration

    • Other mandatory evidence required for the standard

Planning and preparation

  • EPA dates and locations agreed by employer and Progress Minded

  • Assessor will review evidence

  • Discuss and agree any reasonable adjustments required

EPA

  • Carrying out assessment methods required

  • These methods vary by standard but may include:

    • Knowledge test (often multiple choice)

    • Observation

    • Presentation

    • Project interview

    • Professional discussion