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FAQ

what is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are Government backed, work-based courses of training and assessment. These courses lead to either an Intermediate Apprenticeship or an Advanced Apprenticeship qualification.

An apprenticeship is made up of a 'framework' which incorporates a Work-based Diploma together with a Technical Certificate, ERR (Employment Rights & Responsibilities), PLTS (Personal Learning and Thinking Skills) and Functional Skills in Maths and English.

is all the training practical?

No, the other qualifications that go to make up the final Apprenticeship award are Functional Skills in Maths and English, a Technical Certificate, ERR and PLTS.

The learner is also required to produce a Portfolio showing and confirming the work they have covered during their training. The portfolio can be made up from a number of mediums: witness testimonies; written questions and answers; photographs; work book tests; drawings and illustrations; video or audio tapes; case studies and a diary

what happens on a day to day basis?

Your business runs on a daily basis as it usually would. Your learner carries out routine tasks as any other trainee or employee would, with or without supervision as dictated by their experience and level of qualification. You continue to train your trainees and staff in your specialised area, this may be by practical demonstration or hands on involvement.

Your allocated Haddon Training assessor will visit the location as required to carry out practical assessments and review the learner progress. We try to make ourselves as inconspicuous as possible whilst having the opportunity to watch the learner carry out pre-arranged tasks that would form part of their normal working day.

The learner's Individual Learning Plan is agreed with the learner and the trainer based upon what work the location will be undertaking according to the season and time of year. We do however ask that when convenient, your learner is given sufficient pre-arranged time to spend with their assessor to cover their Functional Skills (if needed), Technical Certificate and Portfolio building.

The assessor that we allocate to your business will have vocational experience in your area of work. They will be qualified and industry competent with training and assessor qualifications - they have an understanding of the day to day running of your yard and can help the learner to appreciate what you are trying to achieve.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING?

For a learner to be eligible for a work-based apprenticeship they would have to be employed by the yard for a minimum of 30 hours a week; paid in accordance with the current legislative wage requirements; be aged between 16-24 years old and receive a minimum of 16 hours training per week.

WHAT IS THE LEARNER EXPECTED TO DO AT EACH DIPLOMA LEVEL?

At Level One he or she will work under constant supervision. All the tasks you ask them to undertake will be routine and predictable and carried out under supervision. This is reflected in the unit titles that describe "assisting with" specific tasks and functions.

At Level Two, Intermediate Apprenticeship level, you will expect he or she to work as part of a team, but taking on some individual responsibilities. Some of their activities will become more complex and non-routine.

At Level Three, Advanced Apprenticeship level, your learner will start to take on considerable responsibility for both themselves and other team members. They will be able by now to apply their knowledge to a wide range of situations.

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