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  1. Apprenticeships in action Tuesday 15th November 2011 Anna Morrison, Hertfordshire Provider Network & Katrina Maltman, FS Cables

  2. Aims of the workshop • Gain a better understanding about Apprenticeships • Understand the national & local context • Hear about the Employer experience • Hear about the Learner experience • Understand where to find more information and be confident in signposting students

  3. Overview of apprenticeships & local opportunities

  4. Some background history • Apprenticeships have seen significant investment and profile raising • National Apprenticeship Service launched • New website www.apprenticeships.org.uk

  5. What are apprenticeships? • A real job, with a real employer • Paid a salary • Contract of employment, holiday, sick etc. • Qualifications • Support from a training provider • Progression opportunities

  6. Some of the possibilities... AccountingActive LeisureAirport OperationsAnimal CareBrickworkBusiness AdministrationAdult CareCarpentry & JoineryCatering Construction Contact Centre Customer ServiceDistribution & WarehousingElectrical EngineeringFloristryGas Services EngineeringHairdressingTeam LeadingHeating & Ventilation MaintenanceHorse CareHorticultureRetail Hospitality & Catering Information Technology Management Motor VehiclePainting & Decorating PlasteringPlumbingRefrigeration & Air Conditioning

  7. Components of a framework

  8. Levels available

  9. How are they delivered? • Day release • Apprentice visits Training Provider one day per week/month • 100% Workplace • Training Provider visits workplace • Block release • Apprentice studies for a block of 1 or 2 weeks at a time

  10. Earning potential? • The majority of Apprentices are employed full time • Mix of fixed term and permanent contracts • In 2010 the Government introduced a new minimum wage for Apprenticeships which increased to £2.60 per hour on 1st October 2011 • Starting salaries are normally £95 - £100 per week • Average weekly salary of £175 (2010 survey) • Salary increases are encouraged and supported by the training provider through review process

  11. Are there any jobs? • Yes!

  12. Some of the possibilities... Trainee ChefFord Masters Car TechnicianCustomer ServiceNursery AssistantBusiness AdministratorCare ApprenticeIT TechnicianReceptionist/Office AdminSales Apprentice Advanced Technician Hospitality Information ServicesFront of HouseFood & Beverage Asst.Tele-salesBranch Assistant Employers include: University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Letchworth Hall Hotel Salary ranges from £78 - £164 per week

  13. When can they be started? • Apprenticeships can be started at any time throughout the year, as long as student has finished full-time education (first Monday in July) • Could be an option after yr 11, after 6th form or later • Jobs are advertised throughout the year. A lot will be advertised from September/October onwards (1 year ahead)

  14. Not the easy option • Apprenticeship training providers are under pressure to maintain and increase success rates through Minimum Levels of Performance • Learner will need to demonstrate capacity to achieve all components of the apprenticeship • Learner will need to secure employment – usually through www.apprenticeships.org.uk • Although huge growth in 16-18 apprenticeship funding, also growth in 19+ which means increased competition for vacancies

  15. What could schools be doing? • Supporting learners to access work experience, targeting experience for particular job roles / sectors • Support with recruitment process – preparation of the application form, interview techniques, travel training, personal presentation • Managing expectations about competition for jobs, salary/earnings, working hours, duration of apprenticeship and commitment required

  16. National & local context

  17. Apprenticeship growth • Ambitious targets for apprenticeships • By 2020 1 in 5 young people to undertake an Apprenticeship • In 2008/09 there were over 100,000 starts • Estimated for 10/11 there were over 450,000 starts • 16-18 funding remains un-capped • 19-24 NEETS a priority (additional 10,000) • Higher Apprenticeship £25m fund launched to generate 10,000 more places by 2015

  18. Hertfordshire projects • Apprenticeship Ambassadors • Hertfordshire Apprenticeship Strategy • Yr 13 destination planning • Employer Campaign • Widening Participation Board • Apprenticeship Week 2012 (6th – 10th Feb) • Apprenticeship support for schools • Higher Apprenticeship Developments • Support from Youth Connexions

  19. 16-18 Framework choices

  20. Thank youNow over to katrinamaltman, fs cables

  21. FS Cables Katrina Maltman, Human Resources

  22. Introduction to FS Cables • Classic SME selling electrical cable • 40 staff, turnover over £10m • Key objective – offer great customer competitive pricing

  23. Why Apprentices? • Right people • Salary & benefits • FSC offer over and above NMW – currently £5,070 p.a. • FSC offer £10,000 p.a • Bonus – after qualifying period – can earn up to an additional £3k p.a. • Initially started programme in April 2010 with 2 Apprentices • Currently have 7 Apprentices

  24. Why Apprentices continued... • Training Manual for each Department • 3 Key Areas: • Competence – what they will be able to do • Awareness – areas outside their direct tasks, but will have an impact on customer service • General Info – useful info. in the long term • Some have moved onto pastures new • Feedback from Apprentices

  25. Recruitment / Training Providers • Advertising vacancies – NAS and Youth Connexions • Training Providers – Oaklands College and Positive Outcomes • Which QCF

  26. Apprenticeship Ambassador Programme • Promote Apprenticeships • Develop Confidence • Enhance presentation skills

  27. Interview process • Moving into full-time work from education • Interview structure • 2 way process • Unsuccessful candidates

  28. Feedback from FS Cables • Try and get some work to show you are motivated (Saturday job, babysitting, newspaper delivery) • Be passionate about you • Apply for relevant jobs • Research the company • Arrive 5 minutes early

  29. Thank you Any questions?

  30. Learner experienceLucy Salter-VaileHealth & social Care

  31. Resources available to support Information, Advice and guidance

  32. websites • www.apprenticeships.org.uk • www.youthconnexions-hertfordshire.org • www.thegrid.org.uk (coming soon) • http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/14To19/OptionsAt16/DG_4001327 • www.notgoingtouni.co.uk • www.channelmogo.org/information/jobs-and-careers.htm

  33. Case studies / clips • Diversity in Apprenticeship DVD • Hertfordshire Apprenticeship DVD • www.apprenticeships.org.uk/Be-An-Apprentice/Apprentice-Real-Life-Stories.aspx • Up for Hire – BBCthree ClipsHow to get yourself noticedwww.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00l8347

  34. Thank youany questions?