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Apprenticeships & NVQs

If you are an employer, apprenticeships are an efficient and effective method of equipping employees with the skills and experience to take your organisation to the next level. You need to ensure your business stays competitive and continues to deliver real value for your customers – your future depends on it. Training is a three way investment partnership between you as a business, your apprentice and the College.


There are three levels of Apprenticeship
1. an Apprenticeship at NVQ Level 2
2. an Advanced Apprenticeship at NVQ Level 3
3. a Higher Apprenticeship at NVQ Level 4/5


Level 2 apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 2, Key Skills/Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification such as a BTEC, providing the skills your apprentice needs in your industry sector. This training can allow progression to an Advanced Apprenticeship.

Advanced level apprentices will work towards an NVQ Level 3, Key Skills/Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based certificate such as a BTEC. At the end of this Apprenticeship the apprentice would be a fully qualified functional member of your staff.

Higher apprentices work their way to qualifications such as an NVQ Level 4 or 5 and above. Many of these higher work based qualifications contain “knowledge-based” components such as a foundation degree or other higher education qualifications, including university degrees. This route is regarded by many businesses as an alternative route to higher education for their employees rather than a traditional degree.

Benefits for Employers

In England more than 130,000 businesses offer Apprenticeships, and over 80% of employers who take on apprentices agree they make their work place more productive.

There are a number of benefits of supporting an apprentice, including:
• Helping your workforce gain nationally recognised qualifications
• Relevant & productive training – apprentices work as they learn
• Training employees for long term
• Increased skills create a more competitive business
• Low cost recruitment and training programme
• Apprenticeships are offered at different levels making them appropriate for a wider group of people and also allowing progression to an academic qualification

The Training

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes, most of the training is a mixture of ‘on the job’ – at your premises and ‘off-the-job’ attendance at college.

This can be provided in partnership with Amersham & Wycombe College or by one of our specialist delivery partners. Delivery models vary to fit in with business needs and Apprenticeship requirements. The flexible nature of this type of training means your business gains maximum impact for minimal disruption. For some Apprenticeships the apprentice may attend college one day a week or during term time. As the employer, you must give your apprentices an induction into their role and provide on-the-job training. You are also responsible for paying your apprentice’s wages.

How long do they last?

The length of the programme depends on the course chosen, but is anything from 12 months to four years. Learners may be expected to attend college one day a week for the delivery of the Technical Certificate and Functional Skills (if applicable – dependant on apprenticeship chosen). Work based assessments will be undertaken to prove competence.

To get started, call us on 0800 614 016 or email

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