An apprenticeship is a genuine job and under all circumstances an apprentice will be employed from day one.
Apprenticeships combine practical training in a real working environment with study. An apprentice will:
The Apprenticeship through EDLounge is learner-focused, capturing a range of activities and key learning concepts. An apprenticeship is very challenging but rewarding. The following sections make up your apprenticeship.
EDLounge delivers Apprenticeships through a mixture of regular workplace training, online or classroom workshops, and include online resources for self-study. The delivery methods will ensure off-the-job training requirements are met and that the learner is fully supported throughout their apprenticeship.
Apprenticeship delivery may include:
The EDLounge Curriculum and delivery is tailored to meet the individual learning styles to support academic and the special educational/personal development needs of the apprentice.
The curriculum also includes wider learning in respect of safeguarding, Prevent and British Values. The blended learning approach and delivery styles ensure that the apprentice has the support and resources needed to successfully achieve their apprenticeship.
The Off-the-job training element is undertaken outside of the apprentice’s day-to-day work duties and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship. This will take place within the apprentice’s normal (contracted) working hours and will take place at various locations depending on the apprentices and employer’s geographical location.
The off-the-job training may consist of a blended learning approach of classroom and online learning, based on the individual needs of the learner.
The purpose of on-the-job training is to prepare and develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours the apprentice will require to secure sustained employment within their chosen employer and vocational area. The EDLounge tutor/assessors will teach, guide and support both the apprentice and employer throughout the qualification, in order to maximise achievement and opportunities for sustained employment.
The online learning element through the EDQuals system provides the apprentice with the opportunity to experience an online/traditional classroom blended learning approach. The EDQuals platform offers the apprentice the option to access live and recorded lessons, with the ability to upload assignments, videos, access tutor feedback and join in with tripartite on programme and exit reviews. This also means that the apprentice has access to remote learning in the eventuality of such as a further Coronavirus pandemic, or any transportation issues attending their place of work.
The online learning element through access to the EDQuals system provides the apprentice with the opportunity to experience classroom/online blended learning.
Using the EDLounge traditional classroom model, the tutor/assessor stands between the students and the knowledge, providing opportunities for active learning and participation. During class, apprentices can participate in real-time with teachers and their peers. This creates additional learning opportunities beyond the course content.
Learners will be given the underpinning knowledge they need to be able to learn skills and develop their professional skills, knowledge, behaviours and professional competencies within their work environment.
The Functional Skills element is an integral part of delivering apprenticeships. At the initial assessment stage, the EDLounge apprentice will need to complete initial and diagnostic assessments to demonstrate the level they are currently working at. This will provide EDLounge with the evidence required to assess if support is required, or gather evidence that they have previously achieved Functional Skills or some equivalent qualifications.
The EDLounge tutor/assessors will support the apprentice by providing the tools to enable them to:
This is a culmination of the knowledge, skills, behaviours and evidence gathered throughout the apprenticeship. This allows the EDLounge tutor/assessor, learner and employer to assess the suitability and readiness to progress to the end assessment stage. It is termed the Gateway as this is the door between the stages of the apprenticeship and the next step to achieving the apprenticeship and certification.
Prior to the start of the apprenticeship, EDLounge and the employer will source the most appropriate End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) to assess the apprentices chosen vocational area.
The assessments that may take place:
What are apprenticeships standards?
Apprenticeship standards are employer-led, meaning that employers can specify exactly what is required from an apprentice in each specific role. Apprenticeship standards outline the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to carry out a certain job role. You can find a wide variety of apprenticeship standards on the Institute for Apprenticeships website.
What is an apprenticeship agreement?
An apprenticeship agreement is signed by the employer and apprentice before the start of the programme and outlines the key details about the apprenticeship. It is a legal requirement and acts as a contract of employment between the apprentice and employer.
What is an apprenticeship commitment statement?
The apprenticeship commitment statement is a contract signed by the employer, apprentice and training provider before the commencement of the programme. It is signed in the apprentice induction phase in conjunction with the apprenticeship agreement.
The document is a list of expectations from the learner, training provider, and employer, along with additional information about the programme. It records the commitment of all parties towards the fulfilment of the apprenticeship programme.