Apprenticeship Information for Established Professionals
If you’re already working in a role for an employer and seeking further learning to support your career, you essentially have four options:
You can find more information about the pros and cons of these on our website here.
For established professionals the apprenticeship choice will often be made by the employer based on cost, either because they have funds in an apprenticeship levy account that can only be spent on apprenticeship training or because the government funds 95% of the cost of an apprenticeship programme. However, please do use the guidance on our website to assess your options.
Apprenticeship programmes all have to last at least 12 months by law so you can not fast track your programme to make it shorter than this.
Your employer will need to appoint a Mentor to support you in the workplace during your training programme. This is usually the line manager but it doesn’t have to be. For example it could be someone who has already completed a similar training programme or who has progressed to a new role in the same way you are hoping to do and can share their experience with you.
Alongside your training, we are contractually required to provide a rounded programme of personal development training. This includes topics such as:
Your Assessor Coach also has a role in providing you with pastoral support so if you have any concerns about things in your home or work life that are affecting you, you should discuss these with your Assessor Coach. These conversations are held in complete confidence.
In order to complete and achieve the Apprenticeship, learners must be able to provide certificate evidence that they have achieved English and Maths qualifications at level 2. For most learners, this will mean providing a copy of GCSE certificates in these subjects (which must show an A*-C or 9-4 grade). Functional Skills certificates at Level 2 are also acceptable. For learners who did not sit exams in the UK, they may be able to acquire a statement of comparability, please contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on this.
This certificate evidence must be provided before enrolment. If the learner is unable to supply these certificates (or clear alternative evidence), they will be required to complete Functional Skills level 2 qualifications in these subjects in order to achieve the apprenticeship. This will involve additional study over and above the apprenticeship coursework which must also be completed during contracted working hours. The Functional Skills are delivered entirely on-line using an online learning tool called Dynamic Learning. When the learner enrols, they will complete an initial assessment in Dynamic Learning which will result in the production of an individual learning plan that shows which areas the learner needs to work on in order to pass the exam. The learning plan will also then link to learning resources they need to work through.
Study in these subjects is supported by a Functional Skills tutor who will provide additional one-to-one tutorials and invite learners to join virtual classroom workshops as appropriate. Once the learner has completed the learning they will be invited to sit the online exams.
The English and Maths qualifications should be completed during the first 6 months of the apprenticeship.
Learners who do not have evidence of English and maths qualifications at level 2 need to consider whether they are prepared to participate in these courses before enrolling on the apprenticeship.
More information about Functional Skills can also be found on the City & Guilds website here.
At the start of your training you will work with your Assessor Coach and employer to develop a Training Plan that is specific to you and fits with your development needs for the qualification and the job you are doing. This plan will set out milestones to achieve as you progress throughout your training so you can clearly track your progress.
All of your training must be completed during your paid working hours. A lot of your learning will take place as you complete your work tasks. We call this ‘on-the-job’ training. However, your employer is also required to release you to complete ‘off-the-job’ training. You will be allocated at least 6 hours per week away from your working duties to focus on 'Off-The-Job' training (OTJT) based on a full time role - further information of what can be included in this can be found in our OTJ Training Guide.
Every three months you will also participate in a Progress Review with your Assessor Coach and your employer/mentor. This is an opportunity to check you are on track to achieve and to make adjustments to your Training Plan so it fits with workplace priorities and your training needs.
Coursework and other evidence needed for your portfolio is held in your ‘e-portfolio’ - an online system you will use to upload documents and Assessor Coaches will use to mark your work. You will also use our e-portfolio system to record tutorials, progress reviews and your ‘off-the-job’ training hours.
Following the Covid-19 pandemic, we have moved all our training to an online delivery model. This means that your tutorials and Progress Reviews will take place via video-call. You may also be invited to participate in online workshops (virtual classrooms). Whilst this may seem a bit strange at first, we are finding that for the vast majority of learners it works as well as the old face-to-face method and in some ways it is actually better as Assessor Coaches have more time to spend with you rather than travelling to and from meetings.
The primary purpose of Professional Development Apprenticeships is to enable you to fulfil the requirements of your role with confidence and competence. However, all professional development should also help you to progress in your career for example taking on greater responsibility or securing promotion to a higher level role.
For some apprenticeships we offer (e.g. AAT) there are very obvious progression options for further training and development. For others, this is less obvious but your tutor will discuss your career plans and progression options throughout your apprenticeship and especially towards the end so you have a clear plan in place as regards what you progress to.
If you are not yet in touch with us about your professional development, please get in touch:
Call: 023 8000 4210
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