Our apprenticeship scheme offers a valuable alternative career path to college or university. As part of the Hampshire Apprentice Partnership our approach provides the following key components:
- Workplace - our apprentices are contracted to work 37 hours per week. Every role is different and therefore day-to-day activities vary between departments, but the extensive experience of the working environment is a first step on the career ladder.
- Qualification - apprentices must spend 20% of their time in off-the-job training. This is done through day release to college or online study, as well as other forms of training. In the case of NVQs, each course has a number of mandatory units. The rest of the course is portfolio-based: apprentices select several units from a range of “optional units” and use the work they do in their day-to-day role to build a portfolio of evidence. They are supported by an assessor from the training provider throughout the apprenticeship.
- Skills Programme - our apprentices are part of the Hampshire Apprentice Partnership which runs a valuable Skills Programme. The apprentice teams from four Hampshire councils regularly come together for sessions on topics such as Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Project Management, and Resilience.
- Community projects - apprentice teams have undertaken community challenges and raised money for charities such as Trinity Winchester, Winchester Young Carers and Winchester’s Basics Bank.
- Practical support - available for those living in the Winchester District in the form of the council’s Grant for Apprentices and the Wheels To Work scheme. The one-time grant can be used to cover some basic costs such as transport, or essential clothing or equipment. Wheels To Work is a low-cost moped hire scheme, and gives users the means to travel to interviews, training or work.
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