You will work full-time with a local employer gaining on the job skills and
experience and earn a wage for the work you are doing – the minimum wage for an
Apprentice varies, depending on your age.
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On most Apprenticeship programmes, you will attend College for one day a week
over 12 – 18 months, depending on the vocational area that you want to work
within and the level of the programme that you are studing.
Each apprenticeship comprises of the following areas:
- Knowledge Element - A Technical Certificate awarded by an accredited body such
as City & Guilds which covers the theory side of your work and is usually
delivered by attending college one day per week;
- Competence Element – A National Vocational Qualification which demonstrates that
you can carry out the skills required by your job, assessed directly within the
workplace by an Exeter College Skills Officer.
- Functional Skills (English & Maths) If you don’t already hold Maths and English
qualifications at the level required by your Apprenticeship, you will study
these as part of your off the job training at the college. An Information &
Technology qualification may also be required depending on your programme.
- Transferable Skills Your programme will also include training to help you
develop your Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) and your rights as an
Employee within the workplace (ERR).
You must complete all the different areas shown above to successfully complete
your apprenticeship training.
There are two main levels of apprenticeship:
- Intermediate Apprenticeship –Level 2 - Provides foundation skills to become a
professional within your chosen area of work;
- Advanced Apprenticeship – Level 3 – Provides more technical skills and training
and normally involves a supervisory role within the workplace.