Apprenticeships are evolving and the programmes of learning can vary depending on the job role. Throughout the Apprenticeship programme there will be reference to Standards and Frameworks.
Standards are focused on occupation and contain a list of the required skills, knowledge and behaviours. An apprenticeship standard shows what the apprentice will be doing and the skills required by their job role. Standards are established by employer groups referred to as ‘trailblazers’ and are accomplished with ongoing assessment throughout the duration and an End Point Assessment (EPA). The apprentice must demonstrate that they are able to carry out all features of their job whilst developing transferable skills and integrity.
Once all requirements have been passed the apprentices can enter the Gateway for EPA. The EPA will vary according to the Apprenticeship Standard and may consist of a multiple choice situational judgement test, professional discussion and a reflective journal .
Frameworks are focused primarily on achieving a qualification. The aim of the framework is to attain a competency-based qualification, for example a QCF (formerly NVQ) and a Technical Certificate. Assessment is ongoing throughout the duration of the apprenticeship.
All apprentices are required to achieve functional skills in maths and English if these are not already achieved at the equivalent level, such as GCSE grade C/Grade 4 or above.
Each apprentice is allocated a named Assessor who will work with them throughout the
duration of the apprenticeship programme. The Assessor will set regular targets towards achieving the Apprenticeship and will plan regular reviews to check and monitor progress.
The Apprenticeships offered by Certs4Care do not require you to attend college. However, where there are several apprentices in one setting, there may be taught sessions or workshops arranged with your assessor at your work setting that you may need to attend. These will be in short blocks at a mutually agreed time with the employer.
An apprenticeship can range from 12 months to 2 years to complete. As each apprenticeship is different, they will each have an agreed length of time for completion. This will also vary
depending on the level of the apprenticeship and any previous qualifications and experience.