Basingstoke College of Technology
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Apprenticeships are not just for school and college leavers. Employed people are also able to undertake an Apprenticeship programme with the consent of their employer.
So if you are returning to work after a break, seeking a new career or promotion or you would just like to refresh and enhance your skills whilst gaining nationally recognised qualifications then an apprenticeship could be for you.
By joining an apprenticeship programme with the support of your employer it confirms commitment to your current job role and career progression from both parties.
If the Apprenticeship you are interested in does not appear please contact the team.
No, your employer will continue to pay you your salary and contribute to any additional training costs that the government does not cover, which is dependent on your age.
If you are 16-18 apprenticeships are fully funded and your employer pays nothing towards it.
If you are 19-24 then a 50% contribution is required from your employer.
If you are over 25 then it is likely that your employer is required to pay a contribution.
For further information please speak with one of the team.
When you start your apprenticeship you will be assigned a mentor who will create a learning plan for you and review your progress the entire way through the apprenticeship. Your mentor is also there to deal with any concerns or issues you may have with either the apprenticeship programme or your employer. You will also have a tutor at the college, an assessor for the work based learning element and access to the college's learner services department.
BCoT currently offer two levels of apprenticeships.
Apprentices work towards the work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 2, Functional Skills and in some cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification such as a BTEC.
Advanced apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as NVQ Level 3, Functional Skills and in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based certificate such as a BTEC. To start this programme you should ideally have five GCSEs (grade C or above) or have completed an Apprenticeship at Level 2.
The level of apprenticeship you undertake is dependent on your existing qualifications and job specification. Our assessors will establish which is best suited by carrying out an initial assessment and a review with you and your employer.
Whilst undertaking an apprenticeship you are working towards an NVQ Certificate or NVQ Diploma as your work based qualification, this will either be a Level 2 for an Apprenticeship or a Level 3 for the Advanced Apprenticeship. Alongside this you will be working towards a Technical Certificate at the same level, this will be carried out at college along with the relevant Functional Skills in maths, English and ICT. Level 1 Functional Skills are required for a Level 2 Apprenticeship and Level 2 Functional Skills are required for a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship. These qualifications are nationally recognised and your programme can be transferred to an alternative employer if at any point necessary.
You may wish to progress onto a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship following the completion of your Level 2 Apprenticeship. It may also lead into higher education. BCoT also offer a variety of part time evening courses which may benefit you in your job role and career progression. View the list of part time courses on offer here.
When I decided to do the Customer Service Apprenticeship at BCoT, I didn't realise how beneficial it would be.
The Apprenticeship has helped develop my customer service skills and feel more comfortable applying them to my job. It has also helped my career as after completing Customer Service level 2 & 3 I have progressed and I am about to start the Management Apprenticeship.
I would encourage anybody thinking about doing an Apprenticeship to go for it. The benefits have more than exceeded my expectations!