An intermediate, or level 2 apprenticeship, is the first level of the modern apprenticeship. Intermediate apprentices work full-time with an employer, and spend time studying towards qualifications at a college or training provider.
Intermediate apprenticeships are designed to train a school leaver for work. There is a focus on imparting key employability skills, as well as more specific training for a job within a company.
What will I learn?
At L2, the qualification is a generic qualification for the Children and Young People's Workforce and confirms competence under supervision in these areas. This also serves as a progression pathway to the required qualification at level 3 and above for registration and regulatory requirements in the sector.
The qualification contains a number of units that are shared across related workforces, i.e. children's services, schools support services, health, care and play work. This supports the development of transferable knowledge and skills and helps to develop a more flexible workforce.
How will I be assessed?
Apprentices will be supported in the workplace by a qualified and competent assessor/trainer who will assess their competence against national standards. All students must complete 20% off-the-job training through a range of learning methods including monthly College sessions.
Apprentices must complete, or have previously completed recognised English and Mathematics Level 1 qualifications.
Progression & Career Opportunities
Progression to the Level 3 Diploma, Advanced apprenticeship: Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care, Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools and other related qualifications in the sector. Potential job roles include Assistant in Children's Centre, Assistant in Day Nursery, Nursery Schools and Nursery Nursery Classes, Assistant Playgroup Worker, Assistant in Reception classes, Teaching Assistant, Care Worker, Nursery Nurse, Registered Child minder, Registered Nanny or Youth and Community Worker.
Cost of Study
All course fees associated with Apprenticeships are paid by the employer. If your employer pays into the Apprenticeship Levy your fees will be paid through this process. If your employer is not a levy paying employer then training for 16 18 year old learners is free and the training is subsidised for Apprentices over 19 years old. Course fees paid by the employer will vary but are likely to be in the region of £300 £1200 depending on the qualification.
All apprentices must be employed in a relevant area to their apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are mostly delivered in the workplace. Some qualifications involve classroom delivery and this can take place at College or on employer premises. The College offers a range of day release, block release and 1:1 tuition options to suit the needs of employers and Apprentices alike. Your assessor, who will support you through your apprenticeship, will visit you in the workplace every 4 6 weeks.
Once you have completed your online application you will receive an invite to interview. Once you have received an offer you will be invited to attend an induction session at the College which will be followed up with a visit with your employer. When your enrolment has been completed, your delivery and assessment can commence.