WCSM/LCSC Advanced 3-Year ApprenticeshipsA Pilot Programmefunded by theDepartment for Business, Innovation and Skills
109 Livery Companies in the City of Londonfrom Mercers (1) and Grocers (2) to Spectacle Makers (60) and Clockmakers (61) to World Traders (101) and Tax Advisors(107) Earlier this year the 109th was incorporated – The Educators Livery Companies are active in education across the UK – schools, collegesbursaries, training programmesexaminationsOnly two are Nationally Approved Awarding Bodies -the Spectacle Makers and the FarriersWCSM is accredited in all four countries - Ofqual, SQA, Wales, CCEA
TheLivery Companies Skills CouncilMission StatementThe Livery Companies Skills Council to be the organisation to support and promote crafts and skills within the Livery MovementOver 40 Livery Companies are membersWCSM is an active member
In 2012 the LCSC set up the The Livery Companies Apprenticeship Scheme LtdTo promote a series of pilot3-year, Advanced Apprenticeships through City Livery Companies. The LCAS Ltd made a bid to the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) for funds to directly support apprenticeships in SMEs for crafts within the livery movement.The WCSM wants the spectacle industry to benefit.
A special 3-year advanced apprenticeshipFramework designed by LCAS, WCSM and the industryThe optical company employs the apprentice and delivers the normal on-the job trainingOff-the-job training obtained from a local College or WCSM Education TrustWCSM assesses the apprentice and awards the qualifications over the 3 years and issues the final Apprenticeship CertificateLCAS Ltd provides the funding
FundingFunds flow from BIS Livery Companies Apprenticeship Scheme Ltd Employer
How Much Funding?‘Host Trainer’ – EmployerUp to £16,700 per apprentice over 3 yearsPaid quarterly in arrearsSigned off by LCAS on receiving evidence of training20% retention until completion
The Livery Companies Apprenticeship“Towards Mastery”WCSM Framework for a Level 4 Three Year Apprenticeship inSpectacle Manufacturing
WCSM 3-Year Apprenticeship Pathway Year 1Level 2 Certificate in Spectacle Operations plusLevel 2 Certificate in Spectacle ProductionplusLevel 2 Certificate in Glazing Spectacles plusLevel 2 Award in Spectacle Lens Treatments orLevel 2 Diploma in Manufacturing Spectacles In addition apprentices must achieve the required: Functional SkillsplusAward in Employment and Personal Learning Skills in Health
WCSM Apprenticeship Pathway Year 2Level 3 Diploma in Manufacturing Spectacles plusLevel 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians (Pt 1) Year 3Level 4 Diploma for Optical Technicians (Pt 2)plusLevel 3 Award in Spectacle Lenses orLevel 3 Award in Rimless Glazing
A Master’s PieceThe WCSM wish to encourage technicians to obtain craft skills in all aspects of spectacle making and so:The WCSM will present an additional Award for those Apprentices who are able to satisfy a Master’s Panel that they have made an appropriate range of complete spectacles.
ApprenticesApplicants to this Apprenticeship will be aged 16 - 18 or 19 - 24. They may enter: if already working in optics or from training programmes or from work experience. Some applicants may have already achieved a range of qualifications e.g: Key Skills, Functional Skills, 14-19 Diploma Personal attributes required: • Conscientious • Discreet and Respectful • Personable • Able to work in a team • Staying power • Carry out duties meticulously
Recruitment ProcessWCSM has secured funding for 5 - 8 apprentices We are in competition with other Livery Companies and craftsEmployers to:request application forms from WCSMsubmit applications to WCSMIf over-subscribed:selection of apprentices by WCSM, FMO and LCAS LtdContracts:between employer and LCAS Ltdbetween apprentice and employer Registration with WCSM for training and qualifications
Thank youandplease remember the other WCSM programmesin Customer ServiceProductionGlazingSMC TechSpaces available on some courses