It is our intention to employ 3 or 4 apprentices every year.
We usually start apprentices early August, just before college begins in September, this enables apprentices to settle into a working life before beginning their college work.
Applications can begin between April and June, and interviews are held by our Works Manager.
The Learning Provider is Darlington College.
The Apprenticeship Programme allows both the opportunity to experience work and earn a wage, whilst obtaining valuable qualifications relevant to their chosen career. This is achieved by attending College for one day a week for off the job training and gaining practical work experience during the remaining four days. The apprenticeship framework is detailed below:-
- National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) assess competence and are designed around the skills which people use at work. The Apprenticeship Programme runs at two levels: Apprenticeships at level 2 and Advanced Apprenticeships at level 3.
- Key Skills address the personal development of an individual and cover three specific areas;
- 1. Communication
- 2. Information technology
- 3. Application of number
- A Technical Certificate is the qualification that the individual completes away from the workplace. This qualification provides general underpinning knowledge of the industry which can be tailored quite specifically to the job. Progression on the programme will be monitored and regular feedback will be given to both the employer and the apprentice. Assessment is continuous over the period of the course and assessment methods will include:
- Skills presentations
- Assignment work
- Written tests
- Underpinning knowledge questions
- Practical assessment
- Apprentices will also produce a portfolio of supporting evidence which is verified by an external verifier at the end of the course.
Requirements for an apprenticeship is:
- Applicants should possess 5 GCSEs (or equivalent), with Maths and English Grade C
- Eagerness to learn and work