1) Am I eligible for an Apprenticeship?
In order to join the Traditional Craft Apprenticeship Programme you should have:
Level 2 or equivalent in an appropriate skill
OR 5 Years’ experience working in the sector
OR Proof of substantial knowledge and experience in traditional construction crafts
You must also be employed in a suitable capacity for more than 16 hours per week. (Placements may be available with national employers).
All potential apprentices will be interviewed.
2) Am I too old to be an Apprentice?
You can be an apprentice at any age, however government funding ceases at age 24.
3) How long does the One Awards Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship take to complete?
In order to deliver a suitable depth of knowledge, we have prepared a programme to be delivered over 2 years.
Will embrace the majority of the under pinning knowledge training, along with certain elements of NVQ assessment. We will also deliver the prerequisite functional skills and employer rights and responsibilities qualifications where appropriate. These will all be delivered in our training centre in Bedale, North Yorkshire over 5 days per month in the first 12 months. This will be via block release from your work placement. This will achieve the Traditional Craft advanced award at Level 3.
Will be delivered both in our centre and on your work site. This is to enable us to properly assess competence within a live working environment. We will offer mentoring and coaching as appropriate throughout the process and work closely with the employer, to ensure that all elements of the qualification can be covered.
This will achieve the NVQ Level 3 Diploma. All of which will result in the achievement of the full advanced apprenticeship at Level 3.
Once you have the NVQ level 3 Diploma in heritage skills and completed your on-line CITB health and safety test, you can apply for a CSCS gold heritage skills card. (Additional costs need to be paid to CITB for these of £15 - £30)
4) How much does an Apprenticeship cost?
Cost depends on your age when you join the course.
16-18 year olds will be fully funded via the Skills Funding Agency
19-24 year olds will usually have to secure up to 50% of the funding to cover their contribution (Full funding may be available subject to eligibility)
Over 24 year olds in most cases will not be funded.
We do find out about funding opportunities from time to time and will share information about these.
5) I am an employer wanting to take on an Apprentice, what do I need to know?
The Government strategy is to seek financial support from employers in the development of their own staff through national accredited training programmes.
Incentives are available but change frequently. Two current ones we know about are:
Employer Incentive for 16-24 year olds - includes a one off payment of £1500
Wage Incentive for 18-24 year olds - includes two rates of wage available depending on number of hours worked
If an employer is CITB registered then there are grants that can be claimed for employed apprentices following construction-related apprenticeship programmes of two years or more, details are here: CITB Apprenticeship Grants.
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Read our FAQ's for Employers
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