Inclusive apprenticeships

Inclusive apprenticeships enable every learner to gain a relevant vocational qualification within their workplace, developing their skills and knowledge further whilst being paid. Each apprentice will have an individualised learning and support plan to ensure a successful learner journey, this may include increased support visits, a job coach, equipment to aid learning and skill development. Every individual is unique therefore each apprentice will have a bespoke plan to achieve.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job with training. Apprentices earn while they learn, gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role whilst studying for nationally recognised qualification.
Dynamic Training, working in partnership with employers, offer apprenticeships in Health & Social Care, Healthcare Science Assistant, Business Administration, Health and Customer Service. Inclusive apprenticeships can be delivered as a taught group model in a workplace or on a one to one coaching model in the workplace.

Who is eligible to be an apprentice?

Apprenticeships are open to a wide range of people, including those with a disability, health condition or learning disability. Everyone aged 16 or over, entitled to live in England and who are no longer in full time education can apply to be an apprentice. Apprenticeships are open to those looking to enter the world of work or for those who are already in the workplace looking to upskill or retrain.

How is an apprentice supported?

On starting an apprenticeship, an apprentice will be appointed an in-house mentor. This will typically be a senior member of staff who will provide the apprentice with guidance and support throughout the term of the apprenticeship. In addition, the apprentice will be allocated an Assessor from Dynamic Training (and a Job Coach subject to location and availability) who will support both the apprentice and their
employer throughout the apprenticeship. A structured programme will be created to ensure an apprentice develops the skills to do a job well.
Almost all apprenticeships can be made accessible and having additional needs shouldn’t restrict people’s job choices. Employers, along with Colleges and Universities and training providers, have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people, and therefore should be able to provide additional support during training.
The government Access to Work scheme can provide grants to pay towards specialist equipment and support costs within the workplace, such as a job coach or support worker. For these reasons, apprenticeships can be a great route for individuals with additional needs to get skilled jobs.

What are the entry requirements for apprenticeships?

Inclusive apprenticeships have been designed for individuals who have a recognised learning difficulty and /or disability and have a Health and Care (EHC) Plan. Apprentices will be required to achieve from entry level 3 up to level 2 functional skills in math and English (unless exempt) as part of the apprenticeship. In addition, employers may specify candidate requirements within the details of an apprenticeship vacancy.

How much does an apprentice earn?

An apprentice’s salary will depend on their employer, location and the apprenticeship job role. There is no single rate of pay for apprentices. Some employers pay more than the national minimum wage for apprentices.
Apprentices employed on apprenticeship fixed term contracts are entitled to the current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice of £3.70 per hour (as of April 2018). This rate applies to apprentice’s aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year of their apprenticeship. An apprentice over the age of 19 who has completed the first 12 months of training will be entitled to the current National Minimum Wage rate for their age. An apprentice must be paid for their normal hours of work and any training that is part of the apprenticeship

Year

25 and over

21 to 24

18 to 20

Under 18

Apprentice

April 2018

£7.83

£7.38

£5.90

£4.20

£3.70

 

How long does an apprenticeship take?

The duration of an apprenticeship can vary depending on the type of apprenticeship. The minimum length of an apprenticeship at Level 2 (Intermediate) is 12 months, however for higher and degree level apprenticeships, this will increase to up to 5 years. What are apprenticeship levels? Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels

What are apprenticeship levels?

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.

Name

Level

Equivalent educational level

Intermediate

2

GCSE

Advanced

3

A level

Higher

4,5,6 and 7

Foundation degree and above

Degree

6 and 7

Bachelor’s or master’s degree

 

How many hours a week, does an apprentice work?

Working hours vary and depend on the requirements of the employer. An apprenticeship duration is based on an apprentice being employed for a minimum of 30 paid hours per week, including any off the job training. However, this does not apply in every circumstance and where an apprentice works reduced weekly hours, the apprenticeship will be extended to take account of this.

What holiday entitlement does an apprentice have?

An apprentice will be entitled to the same holiday as the rest of the employees, typical entitlement is 20 days paid holiday per year plus bank holidays.

 

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