What are Apprenticeships?
Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed to fit in with the needs of employers and which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. They allow a young person leaving school aged 16-18 to start work with an employer and train while working and earning a wage. They are also available to anyone aged 19 and above although there could be implications in terms of funding. The training takes the form of work-based assignments and day release for classroom-based training.
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What are the Benefits for Employers?
Employing apprentices allows businesses to employ talented young people and train and develop them according to the particular requirements of the business. Apprenticeships are designed to ensure that the workforce has the practical skills and qualifications that organisations need now and in the future. The mixture of on and off the job learning ensures apprentices learn the skills that work best for a business.
Apprenticeships deliver real returns to a company’s bottom line, helping it to improve productivity and to be more competitive. Training apprentices can also be more cost effective than employing skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs. Employers in electronic engineering also point to a shortage of skilled people when they try to recruit so employing apprentices helps overcome this problem.
Apprenticeships deliver skills designed to fulfil business needs providing the skilled workers needed for the future. They also help employers develop the specialist skills they need to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in the electronics sector.
Apprentices are also often keen, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that employs them and invests in their future. An apprentice will take up a role because that is what they he or she wants to do – they make a positive choice to learn on the job and a commitment to a specific career.
Employers - what you need to do
First contact Electronics Yorkshire
Contact Electronics Yorkshire with a brief description of the vacancy you have available and the basic skills required by the suitable candidate.
We do the rest!
We'll draft a vacancy advert and post it far and wide once you're satisfied
We'll sift applicants, screen them at our base in Leeds and then let you choose from the very best candidates
We'll come to your premises to conduct a pre-placement H&S check
We'll organise the funding as appropriate and help you apply for any grants (currently £2000 per apprentice for the Manufacturing Sector)
We'll deliver all Training required
We'll organise and manage all the assessing and certification processes
It couldn't be simpler... So what are you waiting for?
£2,000 Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds
The National Apprenticeship Service will provide Apprenticeship Grants with a value of £2,000 to employers with up to 249 employees recruiting 16 to 24 year olds to encourage them to take on new apprentices within this age group. The grant is subject to certain conditions being fulfilled, primarily applying to employers who have not recruited apprentices in the last 12 months. The £2,000 is in addition to the costs of training which, for young people aged 16 to 18, are already fully met by the National Apprenticeship Service.
Apprentices learn, earn and get a career
A chance to earn while learning - Apprentices are employed for the duration of their apprenticeship contract and so are entitled to salary and holidays while learning and gaining solid work experience. There is a minimum national rate of pay for apprentices but employers often choose to pay apprentices on a rising scale according to progress made with their learning and skills.
A chance to learn on the job - Apprentices are working and learning at the same time, building up their knowledge and skills, gaining qualifications and earning money all at the same time. They will usually work towards a work-based qualification such as a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) and typically also a classroom-based technical certificate. Combined with experience and skills gained while at work, these qualifications provide a sound basis for progression in a career and also for progression into further training and education.
Apprenticeships usually take between one and four years to complete, depending on the type of Apprenticeship and the level. There is no set time to complete an Apprenticeship as they vary widely in content and size. An Intermediate or Level 2 Apprenticeship is likely to take around two years but the length of time taken will depend on the ability of the individual apprentice and the employer's requirements.
Support during training - Your employer and Electronics Yorkshire as your training provider will make sure you have the support you need to understand what is required during your training. Our job is to ensure that your training fits your personal requirements, offers the skills needed for the job and satisfies national standards. We will also be there to help you through any difficult times.
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Apprenticeships follow a framework which has been developed with the business community to meet its specific requirements. A framework will incorporate three elements. Firstly, a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) which is a nationally-recognised certificate the purpose of which is to recognise skills gained during on the job training. Secondly, a Technical Certificate which is a classroom-based qualification, nationally recognised, which apprentices study on day release often one day per week. Thirdly, ‘Functional Skills’ which incorporates Mathematics, English, ICT and Employment Rights and Responsibilities. All qualifications are awarded by recognised bodies, with Electronics Yorkshire delivering qualifications awarded by EAL, the specialist, employer-recognised awarding organisation for the engineering and manufacturing industries.
Apprentices also have a contract of employment with a company which is committed to providing the necessary on the job training and release for study. They are paid at least the national minimum wage for apprentices and are entitled to holidays and other company benefits in the same way as employees in general.
NVQs and equivalent qualifications fall into various levels as for other qualifications within the National Qualifications and Credit Framework with Level 2 being equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grades A-C, Level 3 equivalent to 2 A Levels/1 Vocational A Level and Level 4/5 equivalent to HNC, HND and Degree Level.
Doing an Apprenticeship keeps career and future learning options open while getting experience, pay and training. Successful completion can lead to a higher level Apprenticeship and eventually to higher level education if an individual wishes to follow this path.
The Electronics Yorkshire Intermediate Apprenticeship Programme - overview
Electronics Yorkshire has developed a Level 2 programme which is focussed on the requirements of the electronics manufacturing sector. As a training provider, we are unique insofar as our organisational remit is only to support the needs of the electronics industry. We therefore understand its requirements and deliver programmes that fulfil its needs. We do not provide a full range of qualifications generally provided by a college and concentrate solely on the needs of our sector.
Our Intermediate Apprenticeship programme incorporates the following elements:
A contract of employment with a company engaged in manufacturing and assembling electronic circuits. We work closely with schools and employers to find and select candidates for our apprenticeship programme ensuring the match between employer and apprentice delivers benefits for both
A Level 2 NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations which is a work-based qualification where skills are assessed on the job. The NVQ incorporates modules on
Assembling and Testing Electronic Circuits
Maintaining Electronic Equipment and Systems
Producing Electronic Engineering Drawings
Working Safely in an Engineering Environment
Carrying out Engineering Activities Efficiently and Effectively
Using and Communicating Technical Information
Electronics Yorkshire works closely with employers to ensure that apprentices have the opportunity to carry out tasks which will allow them to complete their NVQ successfully. Assessment is by Electronics Yorkshire’s trained assessors and takes place monthly at employers’ premises.
A Level 2 Technical Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology. This is a classroom-based qualification which is taught on day release normally at Electronics Yorkshire’s training centre or regionally where there is demand. The certificate incorporates modules on
Electrical and Electronic principles
Electrical and Electronic Testing Methods
Electrical and Electronic Systems and Devices
Engineering Environment Awareness
Engineering Principles and Techniques
The certificate is assessed by testing at Electronics Yorkshire and by external examination of the awarding body EAL.
‘Functional Skills’ which include Mathematics and English as well as Employment Rights and Responsibilities. Exemptions from certain of these modules may be possible for students with existing qualifications in these subjects.
Electronics Yorkshire’s sole objective is to support the needs of the electronics industry so we work closely with apprentices to ensure they have all the support and assistance they require to complete their courses. We also work closely with employers to ensure that recruitment of apprentices is carried out quickly and effectively and that feedback on progress and any difficulties encountered is delivered and dealt with promptly. Promoting good working relationships and excellence in training ensures the best results for our industry and for our apprentices.
Advanced Level Apprenticeship and Beyond
Completion of an intermediate (level 2) apprenticeship can lead on to an advanced (level 3) apprenticeship and into further and higher education. Contact us to talk to us about these options.
For further information contact Kevin Whitehead, Apprenticeships Manager, by emailing email@example.com; or call 0113 274 4270.