Each apprenticeship is different but all apprenticeships have a significant element of training which much account for 20% of your time. This training will help you develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary for your industry. Some apprenticeships require aspects of the training to be completed at college on a day release model, whilst other apprenticeships are delivered entirely in the workplace.
All apprenticeships programmes include the building of a portfolio of evidence which will help you demonstrate your abilities. Your college trainer will visit in the workplace and observe your practice and help you to progress. These visits normally occur every three to five weeks and your workplace manager will be asked to discuss your progress.
If you are completing one of the new apprenticeships called a ‘Standard’, then towards the end of your apprenticeship you will need to complete a number of activities which summarises your ability – this is called your End Point Assessment (EPA). The EPA is completed to assess the knowledge, skills and behaviours that you have learnt throughout the apprenticeship. You will practise parts of the EPA assessment throughout the apprenticeship and you will only take the final assessment when you feel ready. The content of the EPA will vary, depending on the course you’re completing. Once the EPA is completed then you will have successfully achieved your apprenticeship and you will receive a nationally recognised certificate to show current and future employers.