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.
‘Weir Unique’ and are 100% dedicated to helping people learn, reach their goals and enhance their careers.
Am I eligible for an Apprenticeship?
To enrol on a Weir Training Apprenticeship, you must:
- Be employed and spend at least 50% of your working hours in England
- Have resided in the UK/EEA for the past 3 years, hold an NI number and have the right to work in England
- Not be enrolled on another funded course
- Not hold an existing qualification in the chosen subject (Opportunities are available for higher level qualified staff and graduates)
- Complete a minmum of 6 hours a week Off the Job Training (OJT)
Prior to enrolling on an Apprenticeship with Weir Training; previous experience, knowledge and qualifications will need to be reviewed and taken into consideration to ensure minimum Apprenticeship requirements can be met.
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.
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
What is the 'off the job' training requirements?
The ‘off the job’ training is a funding requirement set out by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.
If you work more than 30 hours per week, you are required to spend a minimum of 6 hours of your working week completing training and learning relevant to the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours of the Apprenticeship Standard.
If you work less than 30 hours per week the requirement is 20% off your working week.
Work towards Maths and English Functional Skills is not eligible to count towards the ‘off the job’ requirements. If you are required to work towards these alongside the Apprenticeship Standard, additional time will need to be allocated for you to complete these.
Who will assess me?
A specially trained, fully qualified Curriculum Specialist who has considerable experience in the industry.
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.
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.
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
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