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About Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships and what are they?

An Apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to work and study in the employment area that you are interested in.

If you decide to take up an Apprenticeship you will:

  • Attend the centre to gain new knowledge and skills.
  • Gain nationally recognised qualifications.
  • Be employed and earn real wages.

You will be earning and learning at the same time whilst gaining valuable skills which will make you an asset to employers.

Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 16 years old, however, before you can become an Apprentice you must be employed in the relevant industry/occupational area.

If you are interested in becoming an Apprentice but are not currently employed then a Pre-Apprenticeship could be the ideal route for you - open to ages 16-18 for Construction Trades only. You will attend the centre and learn the skills required for your trade area, combined with work experience and support with job searching. This will allow you to progress onto an Apprenticeship once you become employed.

Future Skills Sandwell offer Apprenticeships in the following areas:

Apprenticeships in Construction:
• Bricklaying • Carpentry • Painting & Decoration • Plastering

Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships in:
• Business Administration • Customer Services

Apprenticeship Qualifications Explained

To achieve a full Apprenticeship you will need to successfully complete an NVQ, Technical Certificate (in Construction called a Diploma) and Functional/Key Skills qualifications.

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What is an NVQ?

NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications) prove you have met the standard of work expected in your industry/occupational area. These qualifications are highly recognised by employers.

The NVQ is completed in the workplace and regular visits from an Assessor will take place to assess you carrying out various activities until you are considered competent.

What is a Technical Certificate/Diploma?

These qualifications concentrate on the knowledge and understanding specific to your occupational area. To achieve, you will be required to pass an exam and a final practical assessment (Construction Trades only).

What are the Functional/Key Skills?

These are the essential skills you will require in Literacy and Numeracy to carry out your role effectively.

Apprenticeship Levels

There are three different levels of Apprenticeships available:-

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Pre-Apprenticeships - Level 1/2

We offer a range of Pre-Apprenticeships, designed to give learners a taster of the Construction industry and progress to a full Apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships - Level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C)

This will provide the skills you need for your chosen career and allow entry to Advanced Apprenticeships.

Advanced Apprenticeships - Level 3 (equivalent to 2 A-Level passes)

An Advanced Apprenticeship is an important link to higher education. To start this programme, you should ideally have completed an Apprenticeship.