Apprenticeship Information

What is an Apprentice?

  • An Apprentice is an Employee
  • An apprentice has to be over 16 and ‘suitably qualified’
  • A paid job with training
  • Apprentices must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours/week
  • Apprentice training from levels 2 – 6

Work Based Learning Apprenticeships:

  • To be an Apprentice you have to be employed with a company that will give you the experience to be able to complete your Apprenticeship by working 4 days each week. You will be paid a wage and attend college 1 day a week, or on a block release basis (depending on the course).
  • The type of person to be selected for an Apprenticeship has to be at a certain level in English and Numeracy. They have to be committed and have a genuine interest and passion for their chosen industry and will have to prove this during a number of recruitment stages, the first of which will be an initial assessment day at our training centre in West London.
  • All Apprenticeships have been designed with the help of employers within the specific trades, so the standard of training can be maintained and accepted by many companies.


Work Based:

  • Work based competence is reviewed throughout the apprenticeship. This is to see whether you can complete tasks at the required standard. You will be assigned an assessor at the point of signing up on to the Apprenticeship programme. Your assessor will have done your job over many years, and they will support you throughout your qualification. 

College Based Qualification:

  • This is Technical aspect of your apprenticeship and teaches you all the knowledge required to carry out your job effectively. Day release attendance equates to 20% off the job training. A number of practical tasks, written assignments and exams will have to be passed in some apprenticeships.

End Point Assessment (New Standard Apprenticeship):

  • All apprentices must undertake an independent end-point assessment which is a synoptic assessment of knowledge, skills and behaviours that have been learnt throughout the apprenticeship.  The purpose of the assessment is to make sure the apprentice meets the standard set by employers and are fully competent in their occupation.

It is taken by apprentices at the very end of training when their employer is satisfied they have met the “gateway” criteria to undertake the assessment. End-point-assessments are graded and an apprenticeship certificate is only awarded after end-point assessment is successfully completed.

Functional Skills

  • Functional Skills include Maths and English and you will have to pass the exams at the levels specified by the Apprenticeship. They are usually taught at College, but you may be exempt if your GCSE grades are A-C or you have already completed Functional Skills.

Other Qualifications included in the Apprenticeship:

  • These may include First Aid, or possibly a skills test to check how you select the correct tooling and perform under pressure PASMA or PAT Testing.

Contact Innov8 for more apprentice information: