Apprentice FAQ’s

Am I eligible for an Apprenticeship or a QCF?

You are eligible for an Apprenticeship as long as you meet the following criteria. You just need to have been living in England for the past 3 years, not be enrolled on another funded qualification, be working more than 15 hours per week.

Am I eligible for an Apprenticeship or a QCF if I am over 25?

Most occupational areas are available for over 25’s if not you may be eligible for a QCF only. Weir Training has access to different funding which allows you to work towards a QCF. Please see a Business Development Advisor for more information as certain criteria must be met.

Are there different types of Apprenticeships/QCF’s?

Yes, there are different types of Apprenticeships and QCF’s available. Which Apprenticeship or QCF is right for you will depend on your experience and the opportunities with your employer. However, all Apprenticeships include the following basic elements:

An appropriate Qualification Credit Framework (QCF) at either Level 2 or Level 3;

Functional Skills qualifications, e.g. working in teams, problem-solving, English, Maths and ICT;

Other qualifications or requirements as specified by the particular occupation.

Advanced Apprenticeships can also be a stepping-stone to university.

How long does it take?

A fully funded Apprenticeship is a yearlong course; you are required to commit to 12 months in order to achieve your certificate. An Advanced Apprenticeship can take anywhere between 12 and 15 months. QCF stand alone qualifications can take anything from 6 – 12 months depending on the qualification, level and units selected.

How much time do I have to commit?

We advise you to have the commitment to spend at least 4 hours of your own time each week.

How often am I assessed?

Your Training Specialist will visit you for 1½ hour assessments, once a month.

How do Apprenticeships work?

Your employer pays your wages and gives you on-the-job training which allows you to achieve the Apprenticeship. You’ll also spend time with a Weir Training Training Specialist, gaining Functional Skills. The amount of time you’ll spend studying varies; and will depend on your chosen Apprenticeship and your chosen profession.

How much does it cost?

This is dependant upon age. Please speak to a Business Development Advisor.

Where does the assessment take place?

All the assessments are carried out at work, mostly as you do your daily job.

Is there any day release?

No, not for assessments, however you may be required to attend our offices in Chobham, Surrey to sit Functional Skills tests and Onscreen assessments for some Knowledge elements.

Who will assess me?

A specially trained, fully qualified Training Specialist who has considerable experience in the industry and who has helped many others achieve these qualifications.

 Will I have to do any writing?

Yes. You will be asked to give answers to questions about how you do your job and write about things that have happened.

What if my writing skills aren’t very good?

Don’t worry, if you prefer we can always use recordings or our Training Specialists will help you without any embarrassment.

What sort of person is accepted on an Apprenticeship/QCF?

Applicants need to be:

Serious, committed, aware of your responsibilities to both yourself and your company, prepared for further study, realistic about the amount of work you may have to do, happy to work as both part of a team and an individual, able to use your own initiative.

Will I fail?

You don’t fail an Apprenticeship…. you might not achieve if you refuse to cooperate with the Training Specialist, or leave the programme without letting us know where you are going. The Training Specialist carries on assessing until you have proved you are competent within the national standards of the Apprenticeship.

Why should I bother?

Why not? You have the chance to gain a nationally recognised qualification that recognises the skills and knowledge that you have acquired whilst doing your job.

What qualifications do I get when I’ve finished my Apprenticeship/QCF?

You’ll get a package of qualifications when you finish your Apprenticeship – a Qualification Credit Certificate, a Technical Certificate, and Functional Skill qualifications. Apprenticeships incorporate either a QCF Level 2 or a QCF Level 3. You will receive a QCF certificate when you achieve your QCF.

What choice of Apprenticeships/QCF do I have?

At Weir Training the following Apprenticeship/QCF programmes are available. If your chosen occupational area doesn’t appear, please ask, we may be able to provide it for you, or point you in the right direction to someone who does.

  • Retail
  • Retail Management
  • Retail Sales Professional
  • Retail Visual Merchandising
  • Customer Services
  • Business Administration
  • Management
  • Team Leading
  • Warehousing & Storage
  • Information Technology
  • Sales

How do I get started?

You must complete your Apprenticeship/QCF to get the qualifications, so you need to make sure that you’re serious about your chosen career and can commit yourself to a period of training and study.

Complete the application form supplied by Weir Training, hand it back to your employer to return to us and we will do the rest. You will be contacted within 10-14 days to complete the enrolment procedure,