Apprenticeships

BCA works with employers to support Apprenticeships in land based subjects.   Apprenticeships are highly valued by industry and help to develop a motivated, skilled workforce.  Businesses see them as beneficial to their long-term development – Apprentices gain skills and knowledge highly relevant to the job and 90% of Apprentices stay in employment after finishing their course (Source: National Apprenticeship Service).

If you are interested in learning more about Apprenticeships with BCA, as an employer or Apprentice, please contact us.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are training programmes designed with the help of the employers so they offer a structured course that takes learners through the skills needed in a particular professional area.

Programmes of learning are designed to suit the Apprentice and the employer.  Learning is often work-based, however learners may come to college on day release and or block release.  A college assessor who will meet with the employer and Apprentice on a regular basis to ensure that things are progressing smoothly.

Apprenticeships start at either intermediate (Level 2) or Advanced (Level 3) and entry requirements will vary depending on the industry and the qualification involved.  Programmes take between 1 and 2 years to complete.

What levels are there?

Apprenticeships are available at various levels each leading to a nationally recognised qualification:

LevelsNVQ LevelQualification
Intermediate2These courses lead to an NVQ Level 2, a certificate in functional skills (maths, english, ICT) and in some cases a relevant knowledge based qualification, e.g. BTEC. An NVQ Level 2 is equivalent to 5 GCSEs, A-C.
Advanced3These courses lead to an NVQ Level 3, a certificate in functional skills (maths, english, ICT) and in some cases a relevant knowledge based qualification, e.g. BTEC. An NVQ Level 3 is equivalent to 2 A-Levels.
Higher4/5These courses lead to an NVQ Level 4, and in some cases a relevant Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree. The HND and Foundation Degree are equivalent to the first two years of a degree programme.
Degree6/7These courses lead to a Level 6 qualification such as a Bachelor's or Masters degree.

Who can apply for an Apprenticeship?

Anyone over the age of 16 can apply, whether they are leaving school or have been working for a number of years.  Different apprenticeships have different entry requirements and we will provide potential apprentices with an initial assessment and work with the employer to help provide the best solution for both parties.

How much does it cost?

The AGE grant scheme offers £1500 to employers who take on a learner aged 16-24, have under 50 employees and have not had an apprentice in the last year.

Government funding may be available if you are:

  • 16-18 years – Funding is available for all occupational areas and usually there is no charge to the apprentice or their employer
  • 19 and over – partial funding  will be available and a contribution will be required from the employer