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Guidance for Employers


Apprenticeships will help your business succeed and grow as they help you to:

  • Reduce training and recruitment costs
  • Increase productivity and profit margins
  • Develop a skilled, motivated and qualified workforce
  • Improve customer service results

At Waltham Forest College we currently offer Apprenticeships in the following areas:

  • Business Administration
  • Butchery
  • Catering
  • Customer Service
  • Fashion
  • Hairdressing
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Rail Track Engineering
  • Team Leading and Management

For more information please contact our Business Advisor by emailing apprenticeships@waltham.ac.uk or by calling 020 8501 8074

What are Apprenticeships?

An Apprenticeship programme is a work-based learning programme that is delivered via a blend of on and off-the-job training, whereby people can apply their skills in real work contexts. There are several units that make up an Apprenticeship: ‘competence’ units which are assessed on-the-job in the work place, and the ‘knowledge’ units (or technical certificate) which are generally taught in an off-the-job setting, such as a college - usually on a day-release basis. 

As an employer you can use Apprenticeships to train both new and existing employees. Some funding is available to train apprentices in certain categories.

The Apprenticeship programme is known as a framework and consists of:

  • A work-based qualification (usually an NVQ)
  • A technical certificate – or other knowledge based elements
  • Functional skills: English, Maths and ICT
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

How are Apprenticeships developed?

Business representatives from the relevant industry sector work with the Sector Skills Councils to develop the course content. Because they genuinely understand your business, the training will be relevant for your industry.

What does the training provider do?

A training provider will provide an employer representative who will be able to support and guide you. They will work with you to:

  • Help you decide which Apprenticeship is right for you
  • Explain the way that Apprenticeships might work for you and if funding is available
  • Agree a training plan with your apprentice;
  • Recruit an apprentice or support your existing staff into Apprenticeships;
  • Manage the training and evaluation
  • Ensure that national quality standards are met and deliver integrated, coherent training.

Types of Apprenticeships

There are two levels of apprenticeship available for those aged 16 and over:

  • Intermediate Apprenticeships (equivalent to five good GCSE passes)
  • Advanced Apprenticeships (equivalent to two A Level passes)

For more information, email apprenticeships@waltham.ac.uk or call 020 8501 8074. Alternatively, feel free visit one of our many Open Events hosted throughout the year. We welcome all enquiries from employers, parents, and students.


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