Apprenticeships - Writtle University College

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee you can earn as you learn, gaining practical skills from the workplace, with support and training from Writtle University College. The Apprenticeship Framework is designed to allow you to develop the skills you need in your chosen industry. It combines knowledge and vocational skills, with transferable skills such as English, Maths and Employment Rights & Responsibilities.

Skills, experience and qualifications can all make you stand out to potential employers as you progress your career, so why not consider the best of both worlds with an Apprenticeship?

The scheme provides a mix of on and off-the-job training, at the same time as gaining a nationally-recognised qualification. Apprenticeships are open to all those aged over 16; whether you are just leaving school, are already in work or you want to start a new career.

Apprenticeships at Writtle University College

We offer you the opportunity to complete an Apprenticeship in any of the following areas:
  • Agriculture: Livestock, Arable & mixed farming
  • Animal Care Care and Welfare or Dog Grooming pathways
  • Equine Studies: Horse Care and Riding or Care only
  • Floristry
  • Horticulture: Landscaping, Greenkeeping, Groundsmanship and general horticulture
  • Veterinary Nursing and Nursing Assistant in a Veterinary Environment

What is involved?

Writtle deliver Intermediate Apprenticeships (Level 2) and Advanced Apprenticeships (Level 3). All Apprenticeships consist of a framework which involves the following:

Intermediate Apprenticeship
(Level 2) Framework
Level
 
Advanced Apprenticeship
(Level 3) Framework
Level
Work-based Diploma - subject specific 2 Work-based Diploma - subject specific 3
Technical Certificate or Knowledge based units to gain underpinning knowledge 2 Technical Certificate or Knowledge based units to gain underpinning knowledge 3
Functional Skills:
  • English
  • Maths

 
1 or 2
1 or 2
Functional Skills:
  • English
  • Maths

 
2
2
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills:
  • Teamworking
  • Self management
  • Creative thinking
  • Effective participation
  • Independent enquiry
  • Reflective learning
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills:
  • Teamworking
  • Self management
  • Creative thinking
  • Effective participation
  • Independent enquiry
  • Reflective learning
Employment Rights and Responsibilities Employment Rights and Responsibilities
Emergency First-Aid at work Emergency First-Aid at work

For further detail on Apprenticeship frameworks, visit the Lantra website at www.lantra.co.uk

Our Apprenticeship courses operate on a day release basis in to college, however if training can be delivered in the workplace, then college attendance can be reduced.

Apprentices and employers will receive a workplace visit every 10-12 weeks by a qualified, professional member of staff from the relevant team, who will monitor course progress, set targets and provide additional support. The staff carrying out the workplace reviews are also involved in delivering the training in college; this ensures that the staff supporting the Apprentices stay in touch with all aspects of their training.

You will:
  • Work in your chosen industry for a minimum of 30 hours per week.
  • Get paid a minimum of the Apprenticeship Wage (3.40 per hour from October 2016).
  • Study in a flexible way depending on the subject, students can attend College on a part-time basis or study predominantly in the workplace.
  • Complete Functional Skills in English and Maths.
  • Complete work-related tasks and assessments.
  • Receive mentoring visits in your workplace from your Writtle University College Training Officer, who will provide support, assess and review your progress. The staff carrying out the workplace reviews are also involved in delivering the training in college; this ensures that the staff supporting the Apprentices stay in touch with all aspects of their training.
  • Develop your personal, learning and thinking skills.

E-Portfolio system

The majority of our Apprenticeship learners use our innovative e-portfolio system, Smart Assessor. This allows apprentices to access and manage their Diploma portfolio online or through the new phone app. Learners can easily submit photo or video evidence, track their progress, access teaching resources, check assessor feedback on work and contact their Training Officer.

How long does it take?

On average our level 2 Apprenticeships take around 14-20 months and the level 3 Advanced Apprenticeships around 20-30 months; however the time scale of an Apprenticeship is flexible and will depend on the Apprentices prior experience.

Most of our Apprenticeship programmes operate on a roll on roll off basis so learners can start and finish at anytime during the year. This is with the exception however of the Veterinary Nursing programme which has two intakes a year, one in September and one in January.

How much does it cost?

  • Apprenticeships are free to those under the age of 19.
  • For 19 years old apprentices the course is part-funded, with a reasonable charge to employer to cover the remaining cost, however grants may be available to help with this cost.
Employers will be expected to pay their Apprentice a minimum wage of 3.40 per hour (from October 2016 and supply them with at least 30 hours work per week. There are currently grants available for employers who meet the eligibility criteria which can be worth between 1500.

What are the progression options?

After completing an Apprenticeship at level 2, the natural progression route would be to progress on to the level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, after which the option for continuing study would be to progress in to Higher Education or alternatively the Apprentice can progress in to full time employment within the industry.

If you are an employer interested in recruiting an apprentice or interested in becoming an Apprentice, please complete and return the form opposite. Alternatively, please contact Vicky Hitcham or Charlotte Puncher on 01245 424200 Ext 26060.

Email

Apprenticeships@writtle.ac.uk

Telephone

+44 (0) 1245 424200 - Ext 26060

Our opening hours (UK time)

Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-4.00pm

We are here to help

If you have any questions about becoming an apprentice or have a query about employing an apprentice, contact us.