An Apprenticeship is essentially a set of
qualifications - called a ‘framework’.
The framework consists of:
- The Competence element (often an NVQ),
which will enable you to demonstrate your workplace abilities and prove
that you can do specific job-related tasks.
- The BTEC technical certificate will give you extra
knowledge and understanding about the job you are training for.
- Transferable Skills such as Key Skills or
Functional Skills cover more general work-related skills such as
communication, team working, problem solving and using new technologies.
In Wales, Essential Skills is required.
- ERR – Employee Rights and Responsibilities. In this
part of the BTEC Apprenticeship you will learn about your rights and
responsibilities in the workplace. On completion you will receive a BTEC
Award in Workskills for effective learning and
- PLTS – Personal Learning and Thinking Skills. As
part of the BTEC Apprenticeship you will develop a series of
underpinning skills that employers are looking for. Skills such as
creative thinking, evaluation and team working are key to future
employability, making BTEC apprentices more effective employees.
Apprenticeship levels explained:
There are three levels of Apprenticeships available for those aged 16
Level 2 BTEC Intermediate Apprenticeships - These
provide the skills you need for your chosen career and allow entry to an
Level 3 BTEC Advanced Apprenticeships - To start this
Apprenticeship, you should ideally have five GCSEs (grade C or above) or
have completed a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship.
Level 4/5 BTEC Higher Apprenticeships - These
Apprenticeships work towards qualifications such as NVQ Level 4 and, in
some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Higher National
Certificate or Diploma.
Your efforts will be rewarded throughout the process, as you will
receive a separate certificate for each qualification you achieve, as
well as receiving a certificate once you have completed and achieved all
aspects of your Apprenticeship programme.
The learning provider will help to coordinate your Apprenticeship and
develop skills and knowledge, while your employer provides the practical
experience to put those skills to the test.
Training can be classroom based, in a workshop or in a workplace,
depending on the subject and on the learning provider.
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