Apprenticeships

 What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are work based learning programmes which lead to nationally recognised qualifications.  Apprentices learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills whilst earning (national minimum wage for age) money at the same time.

The length of the apprenticeship depends on the framework subject; but it must be a minimum of 1 year.

How to apply:

All of Sefton MBC apprenticeship opportunities are listed on the National Apprenticeship Service website:

Stage 1 – register interest by completing the online application form

If you are interested in becoming an apprentice then you can visit https://apprenticeshipvacancymatchingservice.lsc.gov.uk/navms/Forms/Candidate/VisitorLanding.aspx to register your interest and search for current apprenticeship opportunities.

Stage 2 – Sit a Maths and English Assessment

After the closing date all eligible applicants will be invited to attend a Maths and English assessment.  Apprenticeship frameworks require apprentices to complete functional skills (link) in English, Maths and ICT.  Therefore applicants have to be assessed to identify if they have the potential to complete these qualifications.

Stage 3 – Short listing

Once the initial assessment results have been received, all applicants that have met the requirements for the apprenticeship will be short listed by a manager.

Stage 4 – Attend an interview

If a manager feels an applicant has met the short list criteria, they will be invited to attend an interview may have an exercise to complete.

To be considered for an apprenticeship you will need:

  • To have lived in the UK for the past 3 years
  • Working towards the right level of English, Maths & ICT
  • Willingness to learn and to apply learning at your workplace
  • Self-motivation
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team

Further information on apprenticeships across the Liverpool City region is available on http://apprenticeshipswork.org.uk/

Sefton Council Apprenticeship Case Studies

Over the last few weeks I have been researching into apprenticeships within the Council and how successful they can be.  I wanted to find out what benefits they bring to people on apprenticeships and how they feel about their time spent during their time on an apprenticeship.  I interviewed two employees that had previously been on apprenticeships with Sefton Council and who had now gained permanent employment following their successful apprenticeship.

One of the employees I was able to interview was Rebecca Dorgan; she previously had an apprenticeship with Sefton Council which she said she enjoyed. When she was completing her apprenticeship she mentioned that she found it easy during the time she was doing it and that the work load that she was given was not as bad as she thought it would be. During the interview she mentioned she benefitted a lot from doing this apprenticeship with Sefton Council and the skills that she had learnt were going to stay with her for life.  Rebecca also gave some advice to anyone looking or applying for an apprenticeship; “ When looking for an apprenticeship choose one you would feel comfortable in and that you know you would like and would want to further your education with.”

The other employee that I interviewed was Kane Mutch; he also has previously had an apprenticeship with Sefton Council which he loved. When I was interviewing Kane he mentioned that when he applied for this apprenticeship role, he was nervous but excited for it. During the time he was completing it, he said he learnt a lot and learnt new skills which he wouldn’t have had if it wasn’t for the apprenticeship. The skills that he learnt most was communication skills and database skills; these skills are key for the job role that he was completing within the apprenticeship and they are key for his job role that he has now within Sefton Council.

During Kane’s apprenticeship, he was completing an NVQ in Business Admin. Kane was also nominated for a Star Award, and he came second place in the Apprentice category.  He said this gave him a confidence boost because he felt like he was getting recognised for his work that he was producing. At the end of the interview Kane gave a bit of advice to everyone who is applying for an apprenticeship “Don’t worry about anything when applying for an apprenticeship; any team is willing to help when a new member comes and joins them.”

Lucy Cant

Advanced Social Media Apprentice, Sefton Council

 


Last Updated on 17 November 2017

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