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What to expect from an Apprenticeship

Monday 18 April, 2016

Apprenticeships are designed to offer you the opportunity to gain essential skills and knowledge in the workplace, whilst obtaining good qualifications and earning money.

What will be required of me?

You will need to demonstrate a genuine interest to learn and be prepared to spend time on your qualification alongside working. Most employers allow you some specific time during your working hours to complete your NVQ but you may need to commit additional time of your own.

Employer expectations

You will be entering the world of work and with this comes expectations. When you were at school there were rules but unlike school your colleagues in the workplace will expect more from you. You are being paid to fulfil a role so you will need to perform to their expected standard with an attitude that fits the company. Don’t panic, you will be told what is expected of you when you start, if you can show that you are willing and flexible you will have the chance to fit in! Be aware that there are some expectations that are not negotiable: you must be prepared to arrive and leave at the specified time to complete the hours you are contracted to work, follow sickness and holiday procedures and adhere to the dress code.

Team Work

In the workplace you will need to integrate with your colleagues, this is not just work experience – you will be a full employee. People come from all different backgrounds, ages, cultures and abilities; you will need to learn to embrace people’s differences to work as a member of the team.

Apprenticeship qualification

An apprenticeship gives you the chance to learn, gain real work experience and earn a wage. Apprenticeship learning styles vary dependant on the type of qualification, this can be focused to suit your own pace and style of learning. Alongside the work based training you will receive from your employer you will have an allocated Training Provider. Your Training Provider is separate to your work place and they are specialists in delivering the training to support you and your learning needs to the required standards.

Every Apprenticeship contains a mixture of different qualifications chosen to suit you and your job. These include Functional Skills; NVQs or Diplomas and Technical Certificates.

  • Functional Skills are practical skills in 3 areas - English, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Mathematics. They help you to work confidently, effectively and independently.
  • National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are work-related, competence-based qualifications. They are assessed in the workplace and show that you have the knowledge and skills needed to do the job to the standard needed.
  • A Technical Certificate is a qualification, providing extensive up-to-date knowledge of your chosen field of work ensuring you understand what you are doing and the way you are doing it.
  • You'll also learn about your rights and responsibilities as an employee.

Why complete an Apprenticeship?

Qualified apprentices are highly employable. They gain valuable workplace experience and an insight into business that's not available at college or university. By achieving an Apprenticeship you will demonstrate that you have a high level of commitment and possess transferable skills that are attractive to all employers.

End result

By the end of your apprenticeship you will not only have been earning a wage, gained a nationally recognised qualification and an envious amount of work experience you will also have grown in self confidence. You won’t know all of the answer’s because working is a constant learning experience but you will have the ability and confidence to deal with situations and challenges.

SEAC Apprentices

If you complete an Apprenticeship whilst employed by SEAC and on placement with a ‘Host Company’ you will have some added benefits. Our Apprenticeship placements are secure, safe and flexible, plus you have the addition of a dedicated SEAC Apprenticeship Account Manager who is available to provide you with guidance and support. Our current opportunities can be found on our Apprenticeship Jobs Board.