An apprenticeship is an opportunity for you to learn a new set of skills relating to a job role which could be transferable into future roles and further skills relating to Maths, English, ICT and work behaviours and attitudes. Apprenticeships are work based training so you have the opportunity to “earn whilst you learn”.

Apprenticeships cover a multitude of trades and practices in the business sector and can be for new or current staff.

Why choose us to train with?

Training for Business apprenticeships offers you an opportunity to learn new skills and help you get employment if you are not currently with an employer. Through an apprenticeship you can earn a wage, receive good quality one-to-one support and training, designed around you and your work place.

We work with some fantastic employers in the East Midlands offering some great apprenticeship opportunities. Contact us now to discuss our latest vacancies.

Our apprenticeship course information can be found here.

Fact Finding; Apprenticeship Frameworks are being replaced by Apprenticeship Standards – What’s the difference?

The Institute for Apprenticeships is constantly working with employers to create and develop new apprenticeship standards in order to raise the quality of apprenticeships and to replace all the old apprenticeship frameworks by 2020 but why?

1. Frameworks don’t always work

Frameworks are mainly qualification focused – the main aim at the end of the course is to have achieved a competency-based qualification (such as an NVQ or a BTEC).

It’s very possible for an apprentice to achieve all qualifications in the frameworks but not actually have the right skills to carry out their job which can often mean further training from their employer is required.

In a framework, apprentices are assessed throughout their apprenticeship and have to obtain a number of qualifications during the apprenticeship. Once a unit has been completed, they won’t necessarily need to demonstrate that particular skill again.

There is no overall end assessment which means that no one is checking if the apprentice has the right skills to carry out their role correctly and efficiently.

2. Standards meets the needs of the employer

A standard complies a list of the skills, knowledge and behaviours an apprentice will need to have learned by the end of their apprenticeship.

Standards are occupation-focused – not qualification led – meaning that the learning happens throughout the apprenticeships and the apprentice is assessed at the end where they will need to prove that they can carry out all aspects of their job. This way, they develop transferable skills and gain more credibility too.

The government is developing standards to raise the quality of apprenticeships by responding to the needs of employers – it is the employers that can best describe what their needs are from their employees in terms of skills, knowledge and behaviours