Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a genuine job and under all circumstances an apprentice will be employed from day one.   Apprentices have to be:

  • 16 or over
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education
  • there is no restriction on age

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a real working environment with study. An apprentice will:

  • work alongside experienced employed staff                                                   
  • gain 'on the job' specific practical skills 
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay 
  • be given 'off the job' time for competency-based study related to their role (the equivalent of one day a week)

The Apprenticeship through EDLounge is learner-focused, capturing a range of activities and key learning concepts. An apprenticeship is very challenging but rewarding. The following sections make up your apprenticeship.

EDLounge delivers Apprenticeships through a mixture of regular workplace training, online or classroom workshops, and include online resources for self-study. The delivery methods will ensure off-the-job training requirements are met and that the learner is fully supported throughout their apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship delivery may include:

  • Face-to-face visits by the regional trainer
  • Practical on-the-job learning and observations
  • Off-the-job online and classroom training sessions
  • Skills days and workshops.
  • Virtual workshops and webinars.
  • Online resources for self-study.
  • Rolling apprenticeship starts and cohort delivery.

The Process

EDLounge Apprenticeship Delivery

The EDLounge Curriculum and delivery is tailored to meet the individual learning styles to support academic and the special educational/personal development needs of the apprentice.

The curriculum also includes wider learning in respect of safeguarding, Prevent and British Values. The blended learning approach and delivery styles ensure that the apprentice has the support and resources needed to successfully achieve their apprenticeship.

How apprenticeships work

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. Apprentices will

  • be an employee earning a wage and getting holiday pay
  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • get time for training and study related to your role (at least 20% of your normal working hours)

The working week and contractual obligations

  • Apprentices should work for a minimum of 30 hours a week, and a maximum of 40.
  • A full-time apprenticeship is essentially a full-time job with a study or training element.
  • They are expected to work around 30 hours per week, plus a day of study
  • Apprentices who are employed under an apprenticeship agreement are subject to the same terms and conditions as any other employee.
  • Apprentices have the same rights as other employees. You are entitled to a contract of employment, and a minimum of 20 days paid leave each year, plus bank holidays.
  • Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level.
  • Min term is 12 months, max term is 4 to 5 years. 

You tend to have longer qualifications the higher the level

By law, workers aged 16 or 17 must not work more than 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week.  They must also have, as a minimum:

  • a 30-minute break if their working day is longer than 4.5 hours
  • 12 hours' rest in any 24-hour period in which they work (for example, between one working day and the next)
  • 48 hours' (2 days) rest taken together, each week or – if there is a good business reason why this is not possible – at least 36 hours' rest, with the remaining 12 hours taken as soon as possible afterwards

We find the better the pay the better the apprentice application

An apprentice is

  • paid and be entitled to the National Minimum Wage
  • time for training or study as part of your apprenticeship
  • holiday pay and other employee rights

Apprentice pay and the National Minimum Wage

There are different rates of pay for apprentices depending on your age and what year of your apprenticeship you’re in. Your employment contract should confirm your rate of pay.

Aged 16 to 18 - The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £4.30 per hour.

Aged 19 or over and in your first year - The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £4.30 per hour.

Aged 19 or over and have completed your first year - You’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage rate for your age.

By law in England, the minimum school leaving age is 16.Until they're 18 years old, school-leavers must do one of the following:

  • full-time education or training, such as school or college
  • work-based learning, such as an apprenticeship
  • working or volunteering (for 20 hours or more a week) while in part-time education or training

An Apprentice does not need to be in education to qualify  

20% Off-the-Job Training

The Off-the-job training element is undertaken outside of the apprentice’s day-to-day work duties and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship. This will take place within the apprentice’s normal (contracted) working hours and will take place at various locations depending on the apprentices and employer’s geographical location.

The off-the-job training may consist of a blended learning approach of classroom and online learning, based on the individual needs of the learner.

On-the-Job Training

The purpose of on-the-job training is to prepare and develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours the apprentice will require to secure sustained employment within their chosen employer and vocational area. The EDLounge tutor/assessors will teach, guide and support both the apprentice and employer throughout the qualification, in order to maximise achievement and opportunities for sustained employment.

Online Learning

The online learning element through the EDQuals system provides the apprentice with the opportunity to experience an online/traditional classroom blended learning approach. The EDQuals platform offers the apprentice the option to access live and recorded lessons, with the ability to upload assignments, videos, access tutor feedback and join in with tripartite on programme and exit reviews.  This also means that the apprentice has access to remote learning in the eventuality of such as a further Coronavirus pandemic, or any transportation issues attending their place of work.

Traditional Classroom Learning

The online learning element through access to the EDQuals system provides the apprentice with the opportunity to experience classroom/online blended learning.

Using the EDLounge traditional classroom model, the tutor/assessor stands between the students and the knowledge, providing opportunities for active learning and participation. During class, apprentices can participate in real-time with teachers and their peers. This creates additional learning opportunities beyond the course content. 

Workshop Learning with On-Demand Content

Learners will be given the underpinning knowledge they need to be able to learn skills and develop their professional skills, knowledge, behaviours and professional competencies within their work environment.

Functional Skills

The Functional Skills element is an integral part of delivering apprenticeships. At the initial assessment stage, the EDLounge apprentice will need to complete initial and diagnostic assessments to demonstrate the level they are currently working at. This will provide EDLounge with the evidence required to assess if support is required, or gather evidence that they have previously achieved Functional Skills or some equivalent qualifications.

The EDLounge tutor/assessors will support the apprentice by providing the tools to enable them to:

  • Apply their knowledge and understanding in relation to everyday life
  • Engage competently and confidently with others, while demonstrating positive attitudes and behaviours to life, learning and work 
  • To be able to confidently solve familiar/unfamiliar work and life-related problems 

The Gateway

This is a culmination of the knowledge, skills, behaviours and evidence gathered throughout the apprenticeship. This allows the EDLounge tutor/assessor, learner and employer to assess the suitability and readiness to progress to the end assessment stage. It is termed the Gateway as this is the door between the stages of the apprenticeship and the next step to achieving the apprenticeship and certification.

End Point Assessment (EPA)

Prior to the start of the apprenticeship, EDLounge and the employer will source the most appropriate End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) to assess the apprentices chosen vocational area.

The Assessments

The assessments that may take place:

  • Portfolio - A collation of evidence of workplace activity evidencing the on the job and off the job knowledge, skills and behaviours developed
  • Presentation – Highlighting all aspects of off-the-job and on-the-job training relating it to present-day experiences
  • Employer reference - A testimony from the employer confirming learner competence
  • Synoptic project - A predefined project undertaken in a controlled environment
  • Interview - An opportunity for further evidence to be gathered and/or evidence to be explored in more detail

What are apprenticeships standards? 

Apprenticeship standards are employer-led, meaning that employers can specify exactly what is required from an apprentice in each specific role. Apprenticeship standards outline the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to carry out a certain job role. You can find a wide variety of apprenticeship standards on the Institute for Apprenticeships website.

What is an apprenticeship agreement?

An apprenticeship agreement is signed by the employer and apprentice before the start of the programme and outlines the key details about the apprenticeship. It is a legal requirement and acts as a contract of employment between the apprentice and employer.

What is an apprenticeship commitment statement? 

The apprenticeship commitment statement is a contract signed by the employer, apprentice and training provider before the commencement of the programme. It is signed in the apprentice induction phase in conjunction with the apprenticeship agreement. 

The document is a list of expectations from the learner, training provider, and employer, along with additional information about the programme. It records the commitment of all parties towards the fulfilment of the apprenticeship programme.

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Part Time Apprenticeships

Where a part-time working pattern is required, the duration of the apprenticeship will be extended to allow enough time to complete the apprenticeship successfully. For example, people with caring responsibilities or a disability may need to agree a part time programme.

You, your employer and the training provider must all agree the revised duration of your apprenticeship. Depending on your circumstances, the apprentice may still be eligible to claim Universal Credit or Tax Credits to help with your living costs.

Universal Credit – this is from the Government website: According to HMRC, the hours the apprentice spends as an apprentice count as “remunerative” work for WTC purposes if they do the following:

  • have an apprenticeship job contract.
  • are engaged in a scheme (apprenticeship) where the salary is taxable and subject to payroll tax and National Insurance payments.

When it comes to universal credit and apprenticeships, they will receive universal credit if you do a “recognised” apprenticeship. This means, according to the DWP’s rules, they must:

  • work for a recognised qualification with a reputable firm and receiving at least the national living wage for an apprentice

In addition, they would be expected to do “job-related duties” as part of your Claimant Commitment if their earnings do not meet a certain level, known as your Conditionality Earnings Threshold (CET) allowing them to claim universal credit on an apprenticeship

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