Why should I use Weir Training as my chosen provider?
Weir Training has been a leading work based training provider throughout the South East since May 2000. Our dedicated team of experienced delivery staff are selected for their qualifications and each specialise within their field.
In May 2018, Weir Training were graded as an *Outstanding* Ofsted Grade 1 Provider across all areas of inspection. We are the only Independent Learning Provider to achieve these grades since March 2017.
‘Weir Unique’ and are 100% dedicated to helping people learn, reach their goals and enhance their careers.
I am a care leaver, are there any benefits?
Yes there are!
Please see this link for details: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-support-for-young-care-leavers-starting-an-apprenticeship
Am I eligible for an Apprenticeship?
Yes! You are eligible for an Apprenticeship as long as you meet the following criteria.
- Have been living in England for the past 3 years
- Not be enrolled on another funded qualification
- Spend more than 50% of your working time in England
- Hold an NI number
There is no age limit! Our youngest Apprentice is 16 and our oldest is 65
Are there different types of Apprenticeships?
Yes, there are lots of different types of apprenticeships available. Which apprenticeship is right for you will depend on your experience and the opportunities with your employer. However, most apprenticeships include the following basic elements: The Apprenticeship Standard; Functional Skills qualifications (English and Maths) Other qualifications or requirements as specified by the particular occupation. Advanced or Higher Apprenticeships can also be a stepping-stone to university.
How long does it take?
A fully funded apprenticeship will take a minimum of 12 months on programme learning. For apprenticeship Standards, a minimum of 2 months is required for End Point Assessment which is after the on programme learning period.
An apprentice is required to commit to the minimum duration in order to achieve the apprenticeship:
- The duration of Intermediate Apprenticeships are typically 12-15 months
- The duration of Advanced Apprenticeships are typically 13-18 months
- The duration of Higher Apprenticeships are typically 18-24 months
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, which can be during work hours and go towards your 20% dedicated learning time required as part of your Apprenticeship.
How often am I assessed?
Your Curriculum Specialist will visit you for between 1.5 and 2 hours, once a month, either face to face or remotely.
If you require additional support, we can arrange additional visits per month to support you.
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 Curriculum Specialist who will be available to fully support you throughout your learning journey The amount of time you’ll spend studying varies; and will depend on your chosen Apprenticeship and your chosen profession.
Where does the assessment take place?
Assessments are carried out at your place of work or remotely, mostly as you do your day to day job. On occasions you may be required to visit our office in Chobham which could be for assessments or to take tests. Some apprenticeships contain workshops which are arranged by us and the employer so these could be held in Chobham or at the employers premises.
Is there any day release?
No, not for assessments, however you may be required to attend our offices in Chobham to sit tests and Onscreen assessments for some Knowledge elements or workshops.
Who will assess me?
A specially trained, fully qualified Curriculum Specialist who has considerable experience in the industry and has helped many others achieve these qualifications.
Will I have to do any writing and what if my writing skills aren’t very good?
Yes. You will be asked to give answers to questions about how you do your job and write about things that have happened. There are options available whereby we can (with your permission) record discussions, however you will be required to write in English.
Don’t worry if your writing skills aren’t very good, if you prefer we can always use recordings, our Curriculum Specialists will help you without any embarrassment.
What sort of person is accepted on an Apprenticeship?
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 will have to do, happy to work as both part of a team and an individual and be able to use your own initiative.
Apprenticeships are for people who wish to progress in their career and will be stretched and challenged.
Why should I bother?
Why not?! You have the chance to gain a nationally recognised qualification which recognises the skills, knowledge and behaviours that you have acquired whilst doing your job!
Every day is a school day!
What qualifications do I get when I've finished my Apprenticeship?
You’ll get a package of qualifications when you finish your apprenticeship, including Functional Skills (if not previously achieved) along with various other certificated modules.
How do I get started?
We can start Apprentices at any time throughout the year.
Complete the ‘Call Back Request form’ and we will contact you – usually within 48 business hours.
Be serious about your career and commit yourself to a period of training and study.
What choice of Apprenticeships do I have?
At Weir Training the following apprenticeship 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 a provider who does.
- Customer Service Practitioner
- Customer Service Specialist
- Business Administrator
- Team Leader or Supervisor
- Operations or Departmental Manager
- Learning and Development Practitioner
- Learning Mentor
- Supply Chain Warehouse Operative
- Hospitality Team Member
- Hospitality Supervisor
- Retail Team Leader
- Retail Manager