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Useful Apprenticeship Information

Apprenticeships

The BIIAB has worked with employers, training providers and sector bodies to make available a series of apprenticeships designed specifically for a number of sectors click here.  What’s really great news is that these apprenticeships can attract generous government funding. The government recognises their value and wants to enable people to obtain valuable vocational knowledge, skills and practical experience, leading to a nationally recognised qualification, whilst in full or part-time paid employment.

 

End Point Assessments

BIIAB is approved as an Apprentice Assessment Organisation for specific apprenticeship standards, with more applications in process with the SFA. To find out which apprenticeships BIIAB is currently approved to deliver End Point Assessments for please click here.  To find out which additional apprenticeships BIIAB is applying to become an Apprentice Assessment Organisation for please contact qualifications@bii.org.

 

Who are Apprenticeships designed for?

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16 and not in full time education. Apprenticeships can be used by employers with existing employees, new recruits or by individuals looking at their long term development and career prospects.

 

Which Apprenticeships does the BIIAB offer?

Click here to see which Apprenticeships the BIIAB offers in England.

 

How is the Apprenticeship delivered and assessed?

The majority of the apprenticeship will be spent in the workplace enabling the apprentice to gain sector specific, hands on practical experience from those already working in the industry. An apprentice may also spend some time at a training provider to ensure they obtain the key knowledge and skills needed.

 

How long will the Apprenticeship take?

The length of an apprenticeship can vary, but most usually take a minimum of 12 months to complete.  Nearly all of this time can be spent at work.

 

Employer

Apprenticeships can be used with your existing employees or new recruits, looking for development and long term career prospects.

 

Benefits for the Employer

  • Funding can mean reduced training and recruitment costs
  • Staff motivation
  • Increased productivity
  • Skilled and motivated staff with increased job satisfaction
  • Improved customer service
  • Benchmarking of staff performance against national standards.

 

Centre

Apprenticeships qualify for Government funding, which covers all or part of the cost of the Apprenticeship training, depending on the age and experience of the apprentice. This funding is accessed to cover the formal learning and assessment that is required as part of the programme. Centres can identify the funding available by visiting the SFA HUB.

 

Benefits for the Centre

  • Potential funding available for apprentices
  • Government backed – both now and for the near future
  • Industry credibility
  • Support and advice from the BIIAB

 

Benefits for the Apprentice

  • The chance to earn while you learn
  • The ability to focus on a specific job / vocational area, rather than a broad
  • No large university debts
  • The opportunity to learn from industry professionals
  • Clear career progression
  • Potential funding by the Government

 

Where can I get further information?

Phone – 01276 684449

Email – apprenticeships@bii.org

 

Based in Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland?

There are slightly different Apprenticeship systems in the different nations in the United Kingdom.  While there are more similarities than differences, the BIIAB makes available Apprenticeships in each Nation based on demand.

To find out which Apprenticeships the BIIAB offers in Northern Ireland click here

To find out which Apprenticeships the BIIAB offers in Wales click here

To find out which Apprenticeships the BIIAB offers in Scotland click here