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We are now on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) as a main provider and can:


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  • Deliver apprenticeship training to employers that pay the apprenticeship levy, for any apprenticeships that started on or after 1st May 2017
  • Deliver apprenticeship training as a subcontractor for any apprenticeships that started on or after 1st May 2017.




They are suitable for a number of different roles, such as Engineering or IT Technician,  Network Technician or Telecoms Technician, Business Administrator among many others.


They are typically run over 2 -3 years in the workplace. When Semester: Learning and Development manage your apprenticeship, it means that your apprentice will spend more time in work, being more productive, spending less time travelling, less costs on accommodation and getting a better  return on your investment than if they went to a bricks and mortar college.


This is made possible by our use of distance learning coupled with our up to the minute Learning Management System (LMS). We also use on-line seminars to bring learners together from different companies and backgrounds so enabling student interaction. We also offer flexible start times, so you are not restricted to when a college starts their courses. Also there are no minimum numbers, you can have as few as 1 apprentice.


The competence element will be assessed in the workplace by our team of expert assessors coupled with the use of an e-portfolio, allowing learners to concentrate on learning on the job.

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What we offer


What we can help you with?


Primarlily we are a training provider registered on RoATP – our UK provider Registration Number is 10048806. We are registered with Pearson (sometimes called Edexcel or BTEC) and engineering Training Awards (ETa). All have been approved for distance learning and we use state of the art systems to deliver and track progress.



We know that if you have never employed an apprentice before, it can be very daunting. We can help with the planning of everything from onboarding, End Point Assessment, Portfolios, Off the Job Training and any number of issues you may have.



If you have never employed an apprentice before, chances are you won’t know what to look for in potential apprentices. We can help advertise, shortlist, interview and  even do assessment days for you. Choosing the right candidate to work in your company for 3 years as a trainee, can be a daunting prospect. let us help take the strain.

Calculating Off the Job Training (OJT) Time


For the apprenticeship to be valid, there has to be 20% of their working time allocated to the apprenticeship. Also the units and courses chosen must meet the 20% as well.

So what does 20% look like:

  • Over the period 1st Jan 2020 to 31st Dec 2021 there are 510 working days
  • Standard holiday to be taken will be around 20 days per year = 40, so the number of actual working days would be 510-40 = 470
  • Each day is work 6 hours as part of the calculation.
  • 470 days @ 6 hrs = 2820 hrs
  • 20% of 2820 = 564 hours needs to be allocated to Off the Job Training


This could be covered by just the NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering, which has a total qualification time of over 900 hours. Add in a technical qualification (600 hours) , Functional skills (66 hrs each), induction (3 hrs), ERR (20 hours), you are going to need more than 1 day per week to complete the apprenticeship.

So what does an apprenticeship consist of?

Standards or Frameworks?

Since May 2017, Apprenticeship Standards came into being. This is sometimes known as Trailblazer Apprenticeships and is set to completely replace frameworks at some point.


Standards are more akin to a job description, than a framework, however there are similarities. The job needs knowledge, competence and other key skills. So some qualifications will be the same. However, in a Standards based Apprenticeship, the apprentice will have to do an End Point Assessment (EPA) and doesn’t necessarily have to complete any qualifications.

To find out more, go to the government website here.



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  1. Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  2. Transferable Skills
  3. Knowledge Qualification
  4. Competence
  5. Personal Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS)



 Apprenticeship Framework Levels:

App levels

The basic apprenticeship at level 2 is on a par with GCSE levels. In Wales it is called the Foundation Apprenticeship. Typically this will give the learner an insight into the industry and allow them to perform basic routine tasks.


The level 3 Advanced apprentice will already have achieved qualifications or an apprenticeship at level 2 and will learn more in depth knowledge and skills in their industry. When complete they will be the team leaders and typically rise quickly in their chosen industry, compared to those that do not follow an apprenticeship route.


A level 4, Higher Apprenticeship is for those who have level 3 knowledge and skills, possibly some A’ Levels and are looking to become leaders in their industry. They will follow a level 4 program which is equivalent in depth to the 1st year of a university Bachelors course.


It is possible for learners to progress through all the levels, it will take time, patience and hard work, but then all apprenticeships that are worth doing are like that anyway.


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