Frequently Asked Questions for Employers

1. What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a vocational qualification which mixes formal education with a structured programme of work based learning to meet agreed standards of competency and knowledge.  

There are nearly 200 types of Apprenticeship within a variety of industry sectors ranging from accountancy and engineering to veterinary nursing and floristry.

For more detail see the “What is an apprenticeship?” page under the Apprenticeship tab.

2. What level Apprenticeships are there?

An Apprenticeship can range fro a level 2 Intermediate, Level 3 Advanced, Level 6 Degree, Level 7 Masters apprenticeships. Most Engineering Apprenticeships start at Level 3 with a minimum requirement of 5 A-B GCSE's Mandatory in Maths. You can progress through the levels once completing the full Apprenticeship. 

3. What is an Engineering Apprenticeship?

These qualifications will allow apprentices to fulfill the requirements of the competence based component of the apprenticeship ?standards, along with appropriate underpinning knowledge and the acquisition of professional attributes. They will also meet the requirements for Technician and Degree level Membership of the relevant Institutions.

The advantages of these qualifications are that:
• They conform to the requirements of the Training Agreement already in place with the Professional Institutions. Its format is therefore familiar to engineering mentors within the company
• The competences are described in broad enough terms to allow for them to be achieved in a wide variety of engineering occupations.  This means that there can be a coherent delivery mechanism across the company.
• They offer natural progression routes, for those that want to pursue them, to Incorporated and Chartered Engineer with the appropriate formal education and training input.
• Their professional credentials mean that they are an attractive alternative to consider.

4. What will it cost?

An Apprenticeship is fully funded for an Apprentice. If you're an employer with a pay bill over £3 million each year, you must pay the apprenticeship levy from 6 April 2017. More details here: apprenticeship levy   

5. How much time will an apprentice be in training?

As part of the Apprenticeship the apprentice will attend college on a day release (some providers will work on block release) basis.  In the company, the achievement of the competences should be part and parcel of their daily work.  Support will be given to help the apprentices with evidence collection which will be assessed and signed off on a regular basis by company and provider staff.  

6. How do I go about recruiting an apprentice?

There is a list of providers under the College tab on the TAC home page which already work with consortium companies to deliver and assess the various elements of the Apprenticeship? standards.  The named contact will be more than happy to help you with the process of advertising for and recruiting an Apprentice.  In England this is free if you advertise on the Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching website.  

In the case of any advice then please contact the TAC team

7. How do I join the consortium?

The consortium exists at national and a local level.  At national level the 19 companies that currently belong have a say in the strategic direction of the consortium such as Apprenticeship standards that need to be developed or adapted in particular occupations, the quality control of provider provision, the development of progression routes beyond the Advanced and Degree Apprenticeships, relationships with key Government Agencies and the Professional Engineering Institutions etc…  There is a cost associated with belonging to the national group.  At local level there are consortium groups that link to the providers to ensure the quality of the course provision and work based assessment.  

If you are interested in joining the national group then please contact the TAC Team

8. Can I recruit apprentices on the programme without joining the consortium?

The Apprenticeships are nationally recognised and available so you do not need to belong to the consortium to access the courses. However by belonging to the local consortium group you do have more say in the content, assessment and quality assurance of the courses.