Frequently Asked Questions |

How much time off work will my employees need?

The time taken to achieve an award will vary depending on the existing knowledge and skills of each person. We will work with employers to identify the training needed for their staff and will, where appropriate, offer a range of workshops, either on your site or at our training facilities to provide relevant training. We will also carry out on the job training and observe learners carrying out their normal work duties. Your tutor will be able to advise you on how much time each person might need to give to their studies following an initial assessment. Employers will be expected to support their staff and make time available for learning and to encourage learners to attend any agreed training sessions regularly. Remember we can only develop your staff if both the employer and the employee are committed to training and development and allocate the required amount of time.

Will my employees learn anything new?

Training is provided to all learners, either individually or in groups. Feedback from our previous learners shows that they have found the training to be very useful, and that they have been able to apply what they have learnt to their work role. In addition the tutor will observe learners at work, provide feedback to them on their performance, and will support and guide them into making improvements.

How long will it take to complete the training and gain the qualification?

The assessors will usually visit employees at work at least once a fortnight for between one and two hours at a time. It can take anywhere between three and twelve months to complete a qualification depending on the learner’s prior experience and the award they are taking. Some learners will benefit from attending workshops in addition to the work based training.

How much will it cost?

The fees for NVQ and Apprenticeship courses range between £750 and £3,000 depending on the course level and content. However, for eligible learners, there may be Government funding available to pay for either the full course cost (through Adult Skills or Apprenticeship funding), or up to 50% of the course fees. Our advisors can explain the eligibility rules to access the various Government funded places.

What are the entry requirements?

No prior qualifications are necessary, although for the Apprenticeship programmes it is necessary to have a good standard of Literacy and Numeracy. It is recommended that learners undertake stand alone Literacy and Numeracy courses to a minimum of Level 1 before starting an Advanced Apprenticeship course. Learners must be employed in the relevant occupational area for their chosen course and must have lived in the EU for a minimum of 3 years. Learners must not already hold an NVQ Level 4 or equivalent qualification to be accepted for an Apprenticeship course.

How will my company benefit?

Research shows that companies that provide training for employees have:

  • Increased staff satisfaction
  • Reduced staff turnover
  • Lower rates of absenteeism
  • More productive staff

Submitted Learner Work

It is not company policy to return completed work at the end of an award to students. It is in your own interests to take a photocopy of any written work before you hand it in, if you believe you will want to refer to it in the future.

If you have any further questions or would like further information please feel free to get in touch.