Work Based vs College Apprenticeships

Work Based vs College Apprenticeships

Which delivery model works best for you?

Deciding to take on an Apprentice can be overwhelming as there are many different options and routes you can take when it comes to training providers and recruitment. It is important to make sure the delivery model works for the Apprentice and the company by making sure they get the most out of their opportunity. Each learner only receives funding once to do the specific Apprenticeship in their chosen sector meaning its paramount we get it right first time and they have the best quality of training and experience possible. There are pros and cons to each training provider’s delivery model so it is vital to do your research!

College Apprenticeships

The traditional way to take on an Apprentice is to go through the college. Many companies who are new to taking on Apprentices may find it is a simpler option to go down the route of college apprenticeships instead of doing further research into other training providers. The college’s offer a wide range of Apprenticeship qualifications and screen candidates within the college. With college apprenticeships the learner is required to attend the College once a week to be taught with other learners in a classroom environment. This may work well for a business that would like the training to all be done externally and so when they are in the workplace they will be completely focused on their daily tasks. The college’s average Ofsted rating is Grade 3/4 which means they are rated satisfactory or below. This rating comes down to the overall quality of training.

Independent Training Providers

If you decide to go down the route of using an Independent training provider the process will be different in comparison to the college. Independent training providers provide more of a bespoke service to you and the learner. For each apprentice who is signed with them they assign an assessor who delivers the one-on-one training in the workplace. This means that the assessor knows exactly where the learner is up to with the Apprenticeship coursework and if they need any extra assistance in a certain area they are able to use the session to focus on that. On average the assessor will come out to the workplace at least once a month for a 2-4 hour session. The training provider will discuss which times work best for you as a company for your convenience. We work with independent grade 1/2 training providers meaning they are rated either outstanding or good by Ofsted.

Making a decision

Researching each training provider is key! It is important that you gather all the information taking into account how often you need your apprentice present in the workplace and how often you want the training provider to come in. Testimonials and reviews are a great way to see how the training provider has performed in the past and get a better understanding from unbiased opinions. Here at 360 Apprenticeships after we recruit you your ideal apprentice we give you the choice as a company of which of our grade 1/2 training providers you’d like to use and which would be most beneficial for your business.






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