Suffolk County Council and The Consultancy Home Counties (TCHC) have reached the joint decision to bring to a close the current pilot for the Apprenticeship Suffolk Business Service. ASBS has successfully worked with over 4,000 employers and generated in excess of 500 new Apprenticeship vacancies, but our evaluation has shown that the pilot model as it is currently operating cannot overcome other barriers within the Apprenticeship system, and therefore a different approach is needed going forward. Suffolk County Council, TCHC and their sub-contracting partner, The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, will work closely together over the next three months to ensure businesses currently engaged through this contract are given appropriate support. Suffolk County Council will look to develop a new approach to supporting the apprenticeship agenda in Suffolk going forward.

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Apprenticeship Guidelines and Entry Requirements

Guidelines and Entry Requirements

Every apprentice will need to demonstrate their willingness and motivation to complete an apprenticeship, as well as meeting the academic entry requirements that will be agreed between The Learner, Employer and Training Provider before the Apprenticeship starts.
Prior work experience will count towards the entry requirements in many cases, as long as it is within the same or similar job role / Apprenticeship that you are applying for.

Qualification entry requirements may differ according to the particular sector, profession, employer, apprenticeship. You would be selected as an outcome of a formal interview with an Employer and the right level of Apprenticeship will be agreed.

Define apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a framework which includes an NVQ along with key skills, technical certificate and employment rights and responsibilities

What is a Technical Certificate?

Technical Certificates focus on the knowledge and understanding of the qualification that you are working towards. They can include off the job training and external assessment, which is delivered either by attendance at college or one of our training centres. In many cases this assessment can be carried out in the work place.

What are Employment Rights & Responsibilities?

Employment Rights & Responsibilities workbooks allow learners to research and learn about their rights and responsibilities as an employee (including current legislation), your organisations disciplines and structure and the impact that laws and policies have on individuals.

What are Key Skills?

Key skills are the skills that you need in order to operate confidently and successfully in school, college, university, work, training, and life in general. They are considered to be an essential part of occupational competence and will be delivered alongside the NVQ.

There are six key skills:

 Communication
 Application of Number
 Information and Communication Technology.
 Working with Others
 Improving own Learning and Performance
 Problem Solving.

What Levels of Apprenticeship are there? 

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship (equivalent to five good GCSE passes) provides you with the skills and qualifications for your chosen career and allows entry to an advanced apprenticeship.
  • Advanced Apprenticeships (equivalent to two A Level passes) to start this programme, you should have at least five good GCSEs (grade A*-C) or have completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship. This will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need for your career and allow entry to a higher apprenticeship or degree level qualification.
  • Higher Apprenticeships (equivalent to a Foundation Degree) to start this programme, you should have a Level 3 qualification like A Levels or a BTEC or have completed an Advanced Apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship wages – Earn as you Learn!

You will be paid during your Apprenticeship.  The National Minimum Wage is the minimum pay per hour almost all workers are entitled to by law. It doesn’t matter how small an employer is, they still have to pay the minimum wage.

Current Rates for 2015/16

  • Age 21 and over:  £6.70
  • Age 18 - 20:  £5.30
  • Age under 18: £3.87
  • Apprentice:  £3.30

Apprentices are exempt from the national minimum wage up to their 19th birthday and for the first year of their apprenticeship if that starts when they are nineteen. Once an apprentice has both attained their 19th birthday and completed the first year of the apprenticeship they must be paid at least the correct hourly rate of national minimum wage.

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