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1 An Introduction to Higher Apprenticeships
Ask student what they are going to do for the rest of their working life? What is their next step? If further academic study doesn’t appeal, and they are itching to get earning, it’s a good idea to start researching options that will give them a long-term career strategy. Explain that contrary to common belief, students do not have to be a mathematical whizz or have a degree to become an accountant / consultant, and there are various entry routes in to professions and towards qualification. Confirm they can even earn while they learn – setting themselves up financially.

2 What is an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship is a work-based programme that combines on- and off-the-job training Apprentices earns a wage and get experience whilst working towards a number of qualifications Explain that Apprenticeships are a way of combining working with studying about a job. In most cases a student will work in an organisation doing a job, but also go to college to study the subject as well. There is a stereotype that are only available in manual trades like plumbers or hairdressers but you can find an apprenticeship in almost most careers. It can sometimes seem like going to university is the only real way to learn the skills you need to get a good job, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Modern apprenticeships are a fantastic way to combine academic study, on the job training and real world experience in your chosen field.

3 Higher Apprenticeship Structure
Apprenticeships include the following elements: Competency qualification Knowledge qualification Functional skills – literacy, numeracy and ICT skills Additional qualifications relevant to the job Explain there are 3 (possibly) 4 elements to a Higher Apprenticeship. Competence based element A competencies qualification which you’ll need to achieve to qualify for your Apprenticeship certificate. This qualification shows that you are competent in performing the occupation your Apprenticeship requires. Technical Element A technical knowledge qualification to show you have the necessary technical skills, knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts as well as knowledge and understanding of the relevant industry and its market. Skills Element Key Skills - working in teams, problem-solving, and communication and / or Functional Skills - e.g. Maths and English qualifications. Professional Qualifications: The three strands are sometimes accompanied by additional qualifications to give the most relevant skills and knowledge required for the job.

4 What is a Higher Apprenticeship?
All levels will work towards work-based learning qualifications, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant-knowledge based qualification. Intermediate Level 2 Competence Qualification Advanced Level 3 Competence Qualification Higher Level 4 Competence Qualification and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree Apprenticeships are designed with the help of employers in the sector. They offer a structured learning programme to help develop the skills you require to do the job. Besides learning on the job, other training will take place at a specialist training centre. You can complete the training either on day release or over a number of days in a block. The amount of time you spend varies according to your Apprenticeship. There are three levels of Apprenticeship available. All levels will work towards work-based learning qualifications, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant-knowledge based qualification. Intermediate - Level 2 Competence Qualification. Advanced – Level 3 Competence Qualification. Higher - Level 4 Competence Qualification and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.

5 How long does it take? The length of an Apprenticeship varies depending on prior skills levels of the Apprentice, the qualification being obtained and industry sector. Generally Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete.

6 Activity 1 Write down what you think the benefits of completing a Higher Apprenticeships are Ask learners to write down what they think the benefits of completing an Higher Apprenticeship are. Assess what they know. You can revisit this at the end of the session.

7 Benefits of Higher Apprenticeship
Provide an alternative route to high-skills roles in exciting organisations and sectors. Gain a nationally recognised qualification equivalent to the first stages of higher education. Gain work experience and get paid at the same time as studying.

8 Benefits of Higher Apprenticeship
Provides a strong foundation on which you can build through Higher Education and studying towards professionally qualified status. Develop transferable skills, which help you progress to high-skilled careers in the professions.

9 Who can apply? Anyone living in England not in full time education over the age of 18 years old. You will need to meet academic entry requirements. Demonstrate you are passionate about the role and have the skills required. Higher Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 18 years-old whether you are just leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career. You just need to be living in England and not taking part in full-time education. There may be different entry requirements depending on the Apprenticeship and the industry sector. However competition for places with employers can be fierce, so you will need to show that you are committed, and can demonstrate the skills required.

10 Want to find out more...

11 Employer contact If you've found an Apprenticeship within a organisation that interests you it's a good idea to check the company's website as answers to the most common questions will probably be on there.

12 National Apprenticeship Service
The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) ( look after Apprenticeships in England.. . Search for vacancies online You can search for Apprenticeship vacancies by postcode, keyword, occupation type, job role, or learning provider. Click on the ‘Search for vacancies’ link to see what’s available. NAS helpline Call the NAS helpline (T: ) for support using the online vacancy matching service. An advisor will also be able to give you general advice on applications and the call is free. The most comprehensive guide is the National Apprenticeship Service, which has a wealth of information. You can access vacancies online or by calling the NAS helpline.

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