What is an Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you'll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.

What are Functional Skills?

Functional Skills are the skills that you need in order to operate confidently and successfully in school, work and training. You will be exempt from having to complete these as part of your framework if you have the equivalent to a GCSE or A Level at the relevant grade. Functional Skills are made up of Maths, English and ICT and range form Entry 3 up to level 2.

How Do I sign up?

You will need to be employed within a business, hold a contract of employment, receive payslips and have the support and training from your employer. Once you have made a call to one of our Business Development Team, they will discuss with you your specific needs and make sure that we choose the right course to suit you. To speak to one of our Business Development Team, call us on 0208 327 3800.

What is "Work Based" Learning?

Worked based learning lets you earn while you learn with courses designed to fit around you and your employer's needs.

What courses are on offer?

We have a variety of courses on offer, this includes Horse Care, Floristry, Animal Care, Horticulture, Team Leading, Management, Customer Service and Business Administration. We also have a range of short courses available for example First Aid, IOSH, Equine Transport, BHEST and Certificates of Competence - PA1 & PA6

How many hours do I need to be working?

The minimum amount of hours you need to be working is 30 hours per week. This will allow you the time to gather the experience and evidence for your portfolio.

What is the cost?

With the correct funding available (dependant on age and location) your course will be fully funded and will cost you nothing.

If you are 16-18 years of age your course will be fully funded by the Government, whilst anyone that is 19+ completing a Qualification will require an Employer Contribution. For more information and current fee's please call the Business Development Team on 0208 327 3800.

Do you have enrolment dates?

We do not have specific enrolment dates as we operate on a roll on/roll off system so you are able to sign up with us at any time of the year.

Does it matter what type of business I work at?

No, the type of business that you work at shouldn't affect you in anyway, so long as the business is relevant to the type of course and that they have the correct facilities for you. All businesses undergo a health and safety check prior to a sign up and to make sure that it is a safe environment for you to work in.

How long do I have to wait to be signed up?

All potential learners should be settled in their place of work for ideally 2 weeks. However, if you are already working at a business and you have been there for over this timescale then one of our Business Development Consultants can arrange a visit sooner.

Can I apply if I do not hold any qualifications?

Yes you will be able to apply, we require that you must be living in England and not taking part in full-time education. All of the initial paperwork and assessment that you will complete helps us to make sure that we choose the right level for you.

I already have my BHS stages, will this affect me doing this course?

Having your BHS will not affect you doing the course. Nor will it affect your funding. The only thing it will do is count as APL (Accredited Prior Learning) and you may be able to go into your course at a higher entry level.

Is there a minimum or maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit for a level 2 qualification would be 16 years old and there is no maximum age limit dependent upon current funding and as long as you are in a full time job.

How often would my assessor visit and how long will each assessment take?

Your assessor will visit you in the work place and also organise remote assessment sessions with you at regular intervals and will spend up to 2 1/2 hours with you on each visit.

Where can I find vacancies in my area or local to me?

We have an online Vacancy system which you can check to keep you up to date on all available apprenticeship roles. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship 

How long does it take for the completion certificates to arrive?

Completion certificates are usually received between 10-12 weeks after certification has been applied for.

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