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APPRENTICESHIP HANDBOOK

Experts in Apprenticeships and Training


As an Apprentice, you will learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills whilst gaining a qualification and earning a wage. You will gain invaluable insight into the world of work and pick up key skills that future employers want.

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Steph Coleman Executive Director of Business Development


Introducing Apprenticeships at Northern Skills Group and TTE Northern Skills Group works with a huge range of employers across the North East and beyond and is one of the largest providers in the area. Our Apprenticeships team and experienced training advisers work together to deliver Apprenticeship training and assessments at all levels and have helped thousands of young people secure an Apprenticeship in their chosen career, putting them on the fast track to success. TTE is the UK’s leading provider of technical training to the oil & gas, process, manufacturing and engineering sectors. They specialise in supporting learners to progress into technical Apprenticeships for industry. Northern Skills Group and TTE are proud to be part of the Middlesbrough College Group.

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Apprenticeships Explained Your Questions Answered Apprenticeships We Offer Business, Accountancy and Managment Catering and Hospitality Childcare and Education Construction Dental Nursing Engineering, Manufacturing and Science Hairdressing and Beauty IT, Computing and Digital Technologies Motor Vehicle (Automotive technology) What to do next Can’t find an Apprenticeship or vacancy that’s right for you?

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Apprenticeships Explained An Apprenticeship is a great way to gain what all employers are looking for: qualifications and experience. They enable you to work alongside experienced staff in addition to studying for an industry recognised qualification (usually one day a week) and earn a wage at the same time. With an Apprenticeship under your belt, you’ll have achieved a recognised qualification and have the essential skills and experience employers want, meaning you’re more likely to sustain long lasting employment. Employers are always looking for Apprentices too, so you can apply at any time of the year providing you are aged 16 or over! Benefits Earn a wage Gain a recognised qualification Receive hands-on training Learn job specific skills which can only be acquired in the workplace Don’t just take our word for it! Nationally 89% of Apprentices are satisfied with their Apprenticeship 97% of Apprentices said their ability to do the job had improved 92% of Apprentices said their career prospects had improved -National Apprenticeship Service

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Levels Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - equivalent to five GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C for old GCSE measures) Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship - equivalent to two A Levels Level 4/5 Higher Apprenticeship - equivalent to a University level qualification Level 6/7 Degree Apprenticeship - equivalent to a masters degree


I’m a huge advocate for Apprenticeships as they provide young people with the skills they need to go out in the world of work, so we must look at trying to keep people on Teesside through a strong Apprenticeship drive. Jacob Young Redcar & Cleveland MP 6


I am really enjoying my Apprenticeship in Digital Marketing with MABO Media. I receive training in pay per click advertising and I am now training in data analysis. Once I have completed my Apprenticeship I will be a Data Analyst with MABO which I am very excited about! I love my role and it’s great to also get paid whilst training. Matt Jones - Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprentice at MABO

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Your Questions Answered How long do they last? An Apprenticeship can last anywhere from 1-4 years depending on the type of qualification and the level you are working towards. How much time do I spend in the classroom? How much time you spend in the classroom will depend on the type of Apprenticeship you are doing. You are typically employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week and learn both on the job and at one of Northern Skills Group or TTE’s training facilities. This usually equates to spending 4 days in work and 1 day in the classroom. You will be allocated a personal assessor who will visit your place of work and provide feedback and support during your programme.

How much will I get paid? As an Apprentice, you are entitled to the national minimum wage, however many employers choose to pay more than this or increase the rate after the employee has been within the company for a certain amount of time. What is my holiday entitlement? As an employee you are entitled to a minimum of 20 days per holiday year, in addition to bank holidays. Your employer may offer more than this or increase your entitlement once you have been there longer.

How will I be assessed? Each Apprenticeship programme is assessed slightly differently through different methods such as: Practical assessments / exams Portfolio of evidence Final assessment

On & off job training End-point assessment (Exams, interviews and presentations)

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Apprenticeships We Offer All our Apprenticeships are new qualifications developed in consultation with employers by the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education. Business † † † † † † † †

Level 3 Team Leader/ Supervisor (ILM3) Level 5 Operations/ Departmental Manager (ILM5) Level 3 Business Administrator Level 2 Customer Service Practitioner Level 3 Customer Service Specialist Level 2 Accounts/ Finance Assistant (AAT2) Level 3 Accounts Assistant (AAT3) Level 4 Professional Accounting/ Taxation Technician (AAT4)

Catering & Hospitality † † † † † † † 9

Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship Level 2 Production Chef Level 3 Chef de Partie Apprenticeship Level 3 Senior Chef Production Cooking Apprenticeship Level 2 Hospitality Team Member Apprenticeship Level 3 Hospitality Supervisor Apprenticeship Level 4 Hospitality Manager Higher Apprenticeship

Childcare and Education † † † †

Level 3 Early Years Educator Level 3 Teaching Assistant Level 4 Schools Business Professional Level 4 Children and Young Peoples Practitioner - Residental Care † Level 5 Children and Young Peoples Manager - Residental Care

Construction † † † † † † † † †

Level 2 Bricklayer Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery Level 3 Advanced Carpentry and Joinery Level 2 Property Maintenance Operative Level 2 Fenestration Fabricator Level 2 Fenestration Installer Level 3 Building Services Design Technician Level 3 Civil Engineering Technician Level 3 Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician


Dental Nursing † Level 3 Dental Nursing

Engineering, Manufacturing and Science † Level 2 Lean Manufacturing Operative † † † † † † † † † † † † † † †

– (Inspection Quality, Logistics, Production Assembly, Production Processing) Level 2 Engineering Operative – (Maintenance, Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Fabrication, Processing or Finishing, Technical Support) Level 3 Design and Draughtsperson – (Mechanical, Electrical, Structural) Level 3 Electrical, Electronic Product Service and Installation Engineering Level 3 Engineering Technician Level 3 Engineering Fitter Level 2 General Welder (Arc Processes) Level 3 Pipe Welder Level 3 Plate Welder Level 2 Autocare Technician Level 3 Project Controls Technician Level 3 Science Manufacturing Technician Level 3 Science Industry Maintenance Technician Level 3 Utilities Engineering Technician Level 3 Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Level 3 Laboratory Technician

Hairdressing & Beauty † † † †

Level 2 Diploma for Beauty Professionals Level 3 Advanced Beauty Professional Level 2 Hair Professional Level 3 Advanced and Creative Hair Professional

IT, Computing and Digital Technologies † † † † † † † †

Level 3 Infrastructure Technician Level 3 Digital Support Technician Level 3 Software Development Technician Level 4 Software Developer Level 4 Network Engineer Level 3 Junior Content Producer Level 3 Digital Marketer Level 4 Marketing Executive

Motor Vehicle (Automotive Technology) † Level 2 Motor Vehicle Fitting

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I would highly recommend an Apprenticeship to anyone wanting to learn and gain hands on experience. I’m now in the process of completing an accountancy qualification alongside my job I’m excited to develop my skills and the opportunities available at Northern Skills Group really support this.

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Katy Scott - Level 3 Accounting Apprentice at Aedis


Business, Accountancy and Management Our Apprenticeships will give you the essential knowledge and skills to be successful in business. You will develop transferable skills such as planning, research analysis, working with others and effective communication. There are a range of standards available to suit a variety of office based roles including administration, customer services, management and accountancy. Employers we work with Darlington Building Society, Sage, 1st Cloud Accoutants, British Steel, Coast and Country, Middlesbrough Council, Redcar & Cleveland Council, Ambrose Accounting.

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LEVEL 3 TEAM LEADER/SUPERVISOR (ILM) Length: 18-21 months

Occupation Overview A team leader/supervisor is a first line management role, with operational/project responsibilities or responsibility for managing a team to deliver a clearly defined outcome. They provide direction, instructions and guidance to ensure the achievement of set goals. Apprentices will gain a wide range of skills such as budget management, project management and problem solving. Entry Requirements You must have achieved GCSE English and maths at Grade 4 (C) or above, or Functional Skills level 2. Individual employers may also set their own entry requirements. Progression On completion, the Apprentice could progress into the Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager Apprenticeship.

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LEVEL 5 OPERATIONS/DEPARTMENTAL MANAGER (ILM) Length: 24-27 months

Occupation Overview An operations/departmental manager is someone who manages teams and/or projects, and achieves operational or departmental goals and objectives, as part of the delivery of the organisation’s strategy. Entry Requirements You must have achieved GCSE English and maths at Grade 4 (C) or above, or Functional Skills level 2. Individual employers may also set their own entry requirements. Progression On completion, Apprentices can register as full members with the Chartered Management Institute and/or the Institute of Leadership & Management, and those with 3 years’ of management experience can apply for Chartered Manager status through the CMI.


LEVEL 3 BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR

LEVEL 2 CUSTOMER SERVICE PRACTITIONER

Occupation Overview Business administrators have a highly transferable set of knowledge, skills and behaviours that can be applied in all sectors. This includes small and large businesses alike; from the public sector, private sector and charitable sector. The role may involve working independently or as part of a team and will involve developing, implementing, maintaining and improving administrative services. Apprentices will be required to coach staff members, organise meetings and take minutes, lead small projects such as process improvements and complete invoicing.

Occupational Overview The role of a customer service practitioner is to deliver high quality products and services to the customers of their organisation. Your core responsibility will be to provide a high quality service to customers which will be delivered from the workplace, digitally, or through going out into the customer’s own locality. Apprentices will be required to deal with challenge and conflict alongside utilising influencing skills.

Length: 18-21 months

Entry Requirements You must have achieved GCSE English and maths at Grade 4 (C) or above, or Functional Skills level 2. Individual employers may also set their own entry requirements.

Length: 13-16 months

Entry Requirements You must have achieved GCSE English and maths at Grade 3 (D) or above, or Functional Skills level 1. Individual employers may also set their own entry requirements. Progression On completion, the Apprentice could progress into the Level 3 Customer Service Specialist Apprenticeship.

Progression The administration role may be a gateway to further career opportunities, such as management or senior support roles.

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LEVEL 3 CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST Length: 15 months

Occupation Overview The main purpose of a customer service specialist is to be a ‘professional’ for direct customer support within all sectors and organisation types. You are an advocate of customer service who acts as a referral point for dealing with more complex or technical customer requests, complaints, and queries. You are often an escalation point for complicated or ongoing customer problems. As an expert in your organisation’s products and/ or services, you share knowledge with your wider team and colleagues. Entry Requirements You must have achieved GCSE English and maths at Grade 4 (C) or above, or Functional Skills level 2. Individual employers may also set their own entry requirements. Progression On completion, the Apprentice could progress into the Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship.

LEVEL 2 ACCOUNTS / FINANCE ASSISTANT (AAT2) Length: 13 to 16 months

Occupational Overview An accounts/finance assistant is an integral part of the team responsible for maintaining an efficient and accurate finance function within a business. The accounts/finance assistant is responsible for assisting the team of accountants with junior accounting duties. These can vary massively depending on the team structure and size of business. An accounts/finance assistant work could include basic bookkeeping activities, working with sales and purchase ledgers, running calculations to ensure that records and payments are correct, recording of cash and data entry. Entry Requirements You must have achieved GCSE English and maths at Grade 3 (D) or above, or Functional Skills level 1. Individual employers may also set their own entry requirements. Progression On completion, the Apprentice could progress into an Assistant Accountant role on the AAT Level 3 Apprenticeship.

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LEVEL 3 ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT (AAT3) Length: 15 to 18 months

Occupational Overview An assistant accountant provides support to internal and external customers and will work predominately either as an assistant accountant within practice or alternatively within the finance function of an organisation. Part of their role will involve assisting in the day to day financial activities such as data entry to month end management accounts and/or yearend financial statements. Entry Requirements You must have achieved GCSE English and maths at Grade 4 (C) or above, or Functional Skills level 2. Individual employers may also set their own entry requirements. Progression On completion, the Apprentice could progress into a Professional Accounting / Taxation Technician role on the AAT Level 4 Apprenticeship.

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LEVEL 4 PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING / TAXATION TECHNICIAN (AAT4) Length: 18-21 months

Occupation Overview Individuals in the role of a professional accounting/tax technician will have responsibility for creating, and/or verifying and reviewing, accurate and timely financial information within the organisation in which they are employed or on behalf of another organisation. This will be performed in order to meet relevant ethical, professional and legal standards, and will utilise the individual’s knowledge of the business systems and processes, as well as standard accounting and tax practices. Entry Requirements You must have achieved GCSE English and maths at Grade 4 (C) or above, or Functional Skills level 2. Individual employers may also set their own entry requirements. Progression Completion of the professional accounting/tax technician Apprenticeship may lead to the candidate receiving credits towards the completion of the professional accountant/ tax apprenticeship or chartered accountancy/taxation qualifications provided by the relevant professional bodies.


Local twins Leah and Kayla Turnbull are Financial Trainee Apprentices at Starkold Building Services Ltd, one of the UKs largest national construction and logistics provider based in Durham. They work with the main financial controller, learning how to do evaluations and general accountancy.

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I really enjoyed the industry and working environment so when I was asked if I’d take an Apprenticeship I didn’t give it a second thought! Everyone involved in my Apprenticeship was so helpful and supportive. I am now working as a Chef in The Falcon and I could not be happier. Paul Mckeown - Level 2 Commis Chef Apprentice at The Falcon 17

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Catering and Hospitality Be part of this fast paced, exciting and lively industry with career opportunities in hotels, restaurants, cruise ships, nightclubs and bars. You will develop transferable skills such as planning, food hygiene, working with others and effective communication. There are a range of standards available to suit a variety of roles in food production and hospitality. Employers we work with Jury’s Inn, The Yorke Arms, 12 Harland Place , Hallgarth Hotel, Hamilton Russell, Plum Jam Restaurants (Cena and Bay Horse) , Chadwicks, Malby, Baker Street Kitchen, Elerby Hotel. 20 18


LEVEL 2 COMMIS CHEF

LEVEL 2 PRODUCTION CHEF

Occupational Overview A commis chef prepares food and carries out basic cooking tasks under the supervision of a more senior chef. The primary objective of the commis chef is to learn and understand how to carry out the basic functions in every section of the kitchen.

Occupation Overview Production chefs work as part of a team in time-bound and often challenging kitchen environments, for example: schools, hospitals, the Armed Forces, care homes and high street casual dining or pub kitchens. They report to the senior production chef or appropriate line manager.

Length: 18 months

Entry Requirements Applicants are required to have gained a Level 2 English and maths (GCSE grade 4 (C) or above). If you do not have a grade 4 (C) in English and/or maths you will be required to continue studying these subjects. Progression Progression from this Apprenticeship is expected to be into a chef de partie role or senior production chef role via the Level 3 Apprenticeships.

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Length: 15 months

Entry Requirements Applicants are required to have gained a Level 2 English and Maths (GCSE grade 4 (C) or above). If you do not have a grade 4 (C) in English and/or maths you will be required to continue studying these subjects. Progression Progression from this Apprenticeship is expected to be into a senior chef production role via the Level 3 Apprenticeship.


LEVEL 3 CHEF DE PARTIE Length: 12-18 months

Occupation Overview A chef de partie is responsible for running a specific section of the kitchen. This type of chef usually manages a small team of workers, which they must keep organised so that dishes go out on time and the work area remains clean and orderly. Entry Requirements Applicants are required to have gained a Level 2 English and Maths (GCSE grade 4 (C) or above). If you do not have a grade 4 (C) in English and/or maths you will be required to continue studying these subjects Progression Progression from this Apprenticeship is expected to be into a senior culinary chef role.

LEVEL 3 SENIOR CHEF PRODUCTION COOKING Length: 12 months

Occupation Overview Senior production chefs may lead a brigade team or may support the head chef in larger establishments. They report activities to the head chef or appropriate line manager. They supervise production chef teams in a variety of kitchen environments, for example; schools, hospitals, the Armed Forces, care homes and high street casual dining or pub kitchens. Entry Requirements A previous achievement of level 2 production chef or a minimum of 12 months relevant industry experience. Applicants are required to have gained a Level 2 English and Maths (GCSE grade 4 (C) or above). If you do not have a grade 4 (C) in English and/or maths you will be required to continue studying these subject Progression Upon completion of this Apprenticeship, you will have the skills to progress into senior culinary roles.

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LEVEL 2 HOSPITALITY TEAM MEMBER

LEVEL 3 HOSPITALITY SUPERVISOR

Occupation Overview A hospitality team member can work in a range of establishments, for example bars, restaurants, cafĂŠs, conference centres, banqueting venues, hotels or contract caterers. The role is very varied and although hospitality team members tend to specialise in an area, they have to be adaptable and ready to support team members across the business, for example during busy periods.

Occupation Overview Hospitality supervisors work across a wide variety of businesses including bars, restaurants, cafĂŠs, conference centres, banqueting venues, hotels or contract caterers. They provide vital support to management teams and are capable of independently supervising hospitality services and running shifts. They typically work under pressure delivering fantastic customer service and motivating a team is essential to their role.

Length: 18 months minimum

Entry Requirements Applicants are required to have gained a Level 2 English and Maths (GCSE grade 4 (C) or above). If you do not have a grade 4 (C) in English and/or maths you will be required to continue studying these subjects. Progression Progression from this Apprenticeship is expected to be onto a hospitality supervisory role via the Level 3 Hospitality Supervisor Apprenticeship.

Length: 18 months minimum

Entry Requirements Employers will set their own entry requirements, but it is expected that the individual would have worked with an operational role within the industry to start on this Apprenticeship standard. IApplicants are required to have gained a Level 2 English and Maths (GCSE grade 4 (C) or above). If you do not have a grade 4 (C) in English and/or maths you will be required to continue studying these subjects. Progression Progression from this Apprenticeship could be into a hospitality management position via the Level 4 Hospitality Manager Apprenticeship.

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LEVEL 4 HOSPITALITY MANAGER Length: 12-18 months

Occupation Overview Hospitality managers work across a huge variety of organisations including bars, restaurants, cafÊs, conference centres, banqueting venues, hotels and contract caterers. These managers generally specialise in a particular area, however their core knowledge, skills and behaviours are aligned. Common to all managers in this role is their passion for exceeding customers’ expectations. Entry Requirements Individuals should have had supervisory responsibility in order to start on this Apprenticeship. Applicants are required to have gained a Level 2 English and Maths (GCSE grade 4 (C) or above). If you do not have a grade 4 (C) in English and/or maths you will be required to continue studying these subjects. Progression Progression from this Apprenticeship is expected to be into a senior management role.

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Childcare and Education If you aspire to support children and young people to succeed in their education and development, an Apprenticeship is a great way to develop your skills in a practical setting. Our Apprenticeship standards cover occupations such as nursery assistants, teaching assistants and school support staff. Employers we work with Redcar and Cleveland Council, Middlesbrough Council.

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LEVEL 3 EARLY YEARS EDUCATOR

LEVEL 3 TEACHING ASSISTANT

Occupational Overview Early years educators, and other job roles such as nursery nurse and childminders, are highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. They work in a range of settings including full day care, children’s centres, preschools, reception classes and as childminders.

Occupational Overview Teaching assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The primary role of the teaching assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress.

Length: 18-21 months

Entry Requirements You must have achieved GCSE English and maths at Grade 4 (C) or above, or Functional Skills level 2. Individual employers may also set their own entry requirements. Progression The next step in career progression would be to look at a Level 4 Apprenticeship to move up, or review the Level 3 options to broaden your skillset within childcare.

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Length: 18-21 months

Entry Requirements You must have achieved GCSE English and maths at Grade 4 (C) or above, or Functional Skills level 2. Individual employers may also set their own entry requirements. Progression As well as ensuring full competency as a teaching assistant, this standard provides a foundation for potential progression into a number of career paths in the educational sector including higher level teaching assistant, assistant teacher and teacher.


LEVEL 4 SCHOOLS BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL Length: 21-24 months

Occupational Overview School business professionals (SBPs) perform a role which is unique to schools, administering and managing the financial, site and support services within the school context. They provide essential support to school leadership teams, implementing their financial and business decisions. Entry Requirements You must have achieved GCSE English and maths at Grade 4 (C) or above, or Functional Skills level 2. Individual employers may also set their own entry requirements. Progression Once achieved, successful individuals will be able to perform the role of the school business professional. The qualification may also be used as a stepping stone for those aspiring to a senior or strategic role in the school business profession.

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LEVEL 4 CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLES PRACTITIONER - RESIDENTIAL CARE

LEVEL 5 CHILDRENS AND YOUNG PEOPLES MANAGER - RESIDENTIAL CARE

Occupational Overview This role could see you working in a number of settings which include a children’s home, a residential special school or a secure children’s home. The children might be living on their own or in a larger group. They practitioner will be responsible for taking the lead in developing and delivering the child’s placement plan and will work with the child to support their health, education, social and day to day needs, playing a significant role in helping them to thrive and fulfil their potential.

Occupational Overview The role of children, young people and family manager is to ensure the direction, alignment and commitment of their own practice. They will be required to build and direct teams, manage resources and lead new approaches to working practices that deliver improved outcomes and put the child, young person or family at the centre of practice.

Length: 24-27 months

Entry Requirements You must have achieved GCSE English and maths at Grade 4 (C) or above, or Functional Skills level 2. Individual employers may also set their own entry requirements.

Length: 24-27 months

Entry Requirements You must have achieved GCSE English and maths at Grade 4 (C) or above, or Functional Skills level 2. Individual employers may also set their own entry requirements. Progression This Apprenticeship may lead to may lead to more specialist occupations through further training or higher level study.

Progression Apprentices could progress onto the Residential Care Manager Level 5 Apprenticeship.

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Construction Build your career in one of the biggest UK industries with a role in construction. Alongside traditional trades you will have the opportunity to pursue an Apprenticeship in construction specialisms such as civil engineering. Employers we work with Broadacres, Thirteen Group, Persimmon Homes, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.

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I really wanted hands on experience when leaving school so I decided an Apprenticeship was the best route for me to go down. I’ve just finished up with my Apprenticeship and have a full-time job with Broadacres lined up - it’s great to have progressed with a company and be offered a permanent position. Joseph Elliot Level 2 Advanced Carpentry and Joinery Apprentice working at Broadacres 30


LEVEL 2 BRICKLAYER Length: 24-30 months

Occupational Overview Bricklayers lay bricks, blocks and other types of building components in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures e.g. chimney stacks. They might also refurbish brickwork and masonry on restoration projects. The range of sites and projects that bricklayers will work on include large commercial developments, new builds in housing, alterations, extensions and restorations. Entry Requirements If not already achieved, the Apprentice will have to achieve Level 1 English and maths and take the test for Level 2 prior to taking their end-point assessment. Progression On completion of this Apprenticeship, the Apprentice will have satisfied the requirements to obtain a construction skills certification scheme (CSCS) Card at the appropriate level.

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LEVEL 2 PROPERTY MAINTENANCE OPERATIVE Length: 12-15 months

Occupational Overview Property maintenance operatives need to maintain a high level of quality, providing maximum satisfaction to customers, clients, guests and team. They will understand the mechanism of buildings including electrical, plumbing, plant, safety systems and equipment. Entry Requirements If not already achieved, the Apprentice will have to achieve Level 1 English and maths and take the test for Level 2 prior to taking their end-point assessment. Progression Completing this Apprenticeship programme with its transferable skills will enable progression into roles such as a technical specialist e.g. electrical or plumbing and supervisory and management roles e.g. facilities management, across a wide range of sectors.


LEVEL 2 CARPENTRY AND JOINERY Length: 24-27 months

Occupational Overview This occupation involves carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site, or in a workshop, creating and installing building components. Entry Requirements If not already achieved, the Apprentice will have to achieve Level 1 English and maths and take the test for Level 2 prior to taking their end-point assessment. Progression On completion of this standard, some Apprentices may progress onto the Level 3 Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship or secure employment as a site carpenter or architectural joiner.

LEVEL 3 ADVANCED CARPENTRY AND JOINERY Length: 12-15 months

Occupational Overview This occupation involves carrying out advanced skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site, or in a workshop, creating and installing building components. The advanced carpenter and joiner is able to undertake complex job tasks, requiring high levels of practical skills and knowledge, in addition to managing their own work and leading small teams. Entry Requirements Apprentices must have completed Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery to progress onto the higher level. Progression On completion of this standard, Apprentice will progress to a wide range of employment opportunities, or move onto full or part-time further education. The achievement of this standard will meet the requirement of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) ‘Advanced Skilled Worker’ standard, which is widely recognised as a ‘licence to operate’ in a skilled construction trade.

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LEVEL 2 FENESTRATION FABRICATOR

LEVEL 2 FENESTRATION INSTALLER

Occupational Overview Fenestration refers to the design, construction, or presence of openings in a building which can include windows, doors, louvres, vents, wall panels, skylights, storefronts, curtain walls, and slope glazed systems.

Occupational Overview This occupation is found in both the new build and refurbishment construction sector. Projects include dwellings and non-dwellings, ranging from windows, doors, bi-fold doors in homes and public houses through to large new build office and housing developments. Fenestration is the arrangement and design of windows and other external glazed elements in a building.

Length: 18-21 months

Entry Requirements Apprentices without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to take the tests for this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. Progression The fenestration fabricator Apprenticeship may lead to more specialist occupations through further training, e.g. curtain walling, surveying, and working on high-rise high-risk buildings.

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Length: 18-21 months

Entry Requirements Apprentices without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to take the tests for this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. Progression The fenestration installer Apprenticeship may lead to more specialist occupations through further training, or alternatively higher level study.


LEVEL 3 BUILDING SERVICES DESIGN TECHNICIAN Length: 36-39 months

Occupational Overview A building services design technician provides assistance to engineers and other construction professionals in the development of cost effective technical and sustainable design solutions involving the production of three dimensional models, calculations, specifications, reports and drawings taking into account, where appropriate, pre-fabrication techniques. Entry Requirements Employers will set their own requirements but typically an Apprentice will be expected to have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at Grades 4 (C) including maths 5 (B), English and science or their equivalent. Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to have achieve this prior to taking the endpoint assessment. Progression On completion the Apprentice will have satisfied the requirements for registration as an engineering technician by the relevant professional engineering institution.

LEVEL 3 CIVIL ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN Length: 36 months

Occupational Overview A civil engineering technician provides technical support to engineers and other construction professionals in the design, development, construction, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of the built environment and infrastructure. Entry Requirements Employers will set their own requirements but typically an Apprentice will be expected to have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at Grades 4 (C) including maths 5 (B), English and science or their equivalent. Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to have achieve this prior to taking the endpoint assessment. Progression On completion of the Apprenticeship, the Apprentice will have satisfied the requirements for registration as an engineering technician by the relevant professional engineering institution in accordance with the requirements of the engineering council as the registration body.

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Dental Nursing If you are a caring, compassionate person who wants to help people then let us look after your training! Our apprenticeship gives you the knowledge and skills for a role in dental nursing, both in direct chairside work as well as providing support for a range of dental treatments. Employers we work with Alpha Dental, NHS, Billingham Dental, N&N Dental Group.

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LEVEL 3 DENTAL NURSING Length: 18-21 months

Occupational Overview The dental nurse role complements the role of other dental professionals. One of the primary roles is to provide chair side support to dental professionals and deliver a high level of patient care. Entry Requirements You must have achieved GCSE English and maths at Grade 4 (C) or above, or Functional Skills level 2. Individual employers may also set their own entry requirements. Progression On completion of this Apprenticeship the Apprentice can register with the general dental council as a qualified dental nurse. Career progression opportunities include roles as a dental hygienist, dentist, general nurse or dental tutor.

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“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my apprenticeship and have picked up a great deal of knowledge alongside developing practical skills. Mitre Plastics have been so supportive - I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience After I’ve completed my qualification, I would like to complete both a HNC and a HND in engineering - I feel like my studies so far have helped me to get there!”

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Leo Neville Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprentice working at Mitre Plastics


Engineering , Manufacturing and Science Design your future with a career in engineering. If you are an excellent problem solver with an analytical mind and have a desire to improve and innovate then there are many opportunities available to you following an Apprenticeship in engineering. Employers we work with ElringKlinger, Caterpillar UK, Wilton Engineering, Labman, Engie Fabricom, Hitatchi Rail EU, Tees Components, Jacobs, UCL Robotics, IPN, Francis Brown.

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LEVEL 2 LEAN MANUFACTURING OPERATIVE

LEVEL 2 ENGINEERING OPERATIVE

Occupational Overview A lean manufacturing operative will be expected to carry out their work safely and meet the exacting quality standards demanded in a fast paced and efficient processing environment and develop into a multi-skilled operator through process ownership. A lean manufacturing operative can be required to carry out manufacturing activities on multiple products with different specifications consecutively

Occupational Overview Engineering operatives will have clear reporting lines with anything outside their role and responsibility. They will work individually or as part of a team to carry out a range of engineering operations which could include ensuring machines and equipment used are maintained and serviceable, dealing with breakdowns, restoring components and systems to serviceable condition.

All lean manufacturing operatives must complete one of the following job role options: • Inspection quality • Logistics • Production assembly • Production processing

All engineering operatives must complete one of the following job role options: • Maintenance • Mechanical manufacturing • Electrical and electronic

Length: 12-15 months

Entry Requirements Apprentices without Level 1 (or equivalent) in English and maths must ensure that they achieve Level 1 and take the test for Level 2 prior to taking the end-point assessment. Progression This Apprenticeship may lead to more specialist occupations through further training, or alternatively higher level study.

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Length: 12-15 months

Entry Requirements Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. Apprentices without Level 1 (or equivalent) in English and maths must ensure that they achieve Level 1 and take the test for Level 2 prior to taking the end-point assessment. Progression This Apprenticeship may lead to more specialist occupations through further training, or alternatively higher level study.


“I decided on an apprenticeship because I wanted some responsibility and preferred working hands-on. I feel like the apprenticeship has helped me mature as a person, I am hoping to stay on at Avenium and eventually do my HNC and HND in Engineering.� Matty Richardson Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprentice working at Avenium Engineering

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LEVEL 3 DESIGN AND DRAUGHTSPERSON Length: 42 months

Occupational Overview Engineering design and draughtspersons produce designs and drawings for structures, piping, electrical systems, control and instrumentation systems and mechanical components used in industrial and commercial construction. All design and draft person Apprentices must complete one of the following job role options: • Mechanical • Electrical • Structural Entry Requirements Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. This will typically include a requirement for a minimum of 5 GCSE at grades 4 (C) or above. Progression Professional registration is subject to candidates successfully completing this Apprenticeship and undergoing professional review.

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LEVEL 3 ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN

LEVEL 3 ENGINEERING FITTER

Occupational Overview Engineering technicians in the aerospace, aviation, automotive, maritime defence and wider advanced manufacturing and engineering sector are involved in highly skilled, complex work. Engineered and manufactured products and systems that technicians work on involve mechanical, electrical, electronic, electromechanical and fluid power components/systems.

Occupational Overview This occupation is found in manufacturing and process sectors. The broad purpose of the occupation is to produce complex high value, low volume components or assemblies in full or part, using machines, equipment or systems, to the required specification. For example, turbines, cranes, gearboxes, production lines, rigs and platforms. Fitters may typically have a mechanical, electrical, electronic, control systems, pipe fitting or instrumentation bias or operate across multiple disciplines depending on the type of assembly.

Length: 42-45 months

All Engineering Technicians must complete one of the following job role options: • Machinist advanced manufacturing engineering • Mechatronics maintenance eechnician • Product design and development technician • Technical support technician • Toolmaker and tool or die maintenance technician Entry Requirements Individual employers will set the recruitment and selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. In order to gain entry onto the course, candidates will typically have 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or equivalent, including maths, English and a science.

Length: 42-45 months

Entry Requirements Individual employers will set the recruitment and selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. In order to gain entry onto the course, candidates will typically have 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or equivalent, including maths, English and a science. Progression Completion of the Apprenticeship is designed to be recognised by relevant professional engineering institutions at the appropriate level of professional registration (EngTech).

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“I would highly recommend the apprenticeship route as a way of progressing in industry and earning whilst you learn. It’s a completely unique experience, getting the opportunity to train in the factory and learn in such a hands-on way! There is still a lot to learn and I’m keen to complete my higher level HNC qualification to expand my knowledge and continue to improve within my role.” Tony Elston Level 3 Engineering Maintenance Apprentice working at Caterpillar 43

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LEVEL 2 GENERAL WELDER (ARC PROCESSES) Length: 18-21 months

Occupational Overview General welders are fully competent in manual welding using at least one arc process. General welders are required in a number of sectors for example, the steelwork construction sector. Entry Requirements Apprentices without Level 1 (or equivalent) in English and maths must ensure that they achieve Level 1 and take the test for Level 2 prior to taking the end-point assessment. Progression There are numerous pathways for general welders who may wish to pursue higher level careers in welding. These include progression to multi-positional welder, high integrity welder or welding instruction and teaching, welding inspection and managing and supervising welding operations.

LEVEL 3 PIPE WELDER Length: 48-51 months

Occupational Overview This occupation is found in a wide range of sectors where piping systems are used for fluid transport and pressure containment. This will include engineering construction, maintenance and project upgrades. Entry Requirements Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. Progression This Apprenticeship may lead to more specialist occupations through further training, or alternatively higher level study.

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LEVEL 3 PLATE WELDER

LEVEL 3 PROJECT CONTROLS TECHNICIAN

Occupational Overview This occupation is found in a wide range of sectors associated with the fabrication, construction and upgrade of major capital plant items and facilities.

Occupational Overview A project controls technician controls, monitors and systematically analyses progress and performance data on engineering, manufacturing, construction and infrastructure projects. They require strong analytical skills and a practical approach to interpret technical information.

Length: 36-39 months

Entry Requirements Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. Progression There are numerous pathways for multi-positional welders who may wish to pursue higher level careers in welding. These include progression to high integrity welder, welding instruction and teaching, welding inspection and managing and supervising welding operations.

Length: 36-39 months

Entry Requirements Set by individual employers, entry requirements will typically include a minimum of 5 GCSE grades 4 (C) or equivalent, including maths and English Language. Progression With additional training the project controls technician could also progress to more specialist roles in areas such as project controls, planning, scheduling, estimating, cost control, risk and quality and ultimately a role as project controls manager or director.

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LEVEL 3 SCIENCE MANUFACTURING TECHNICIAN

LEVEL 3 SCIENCE INDUSTRY MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN

Occupational Overview Science manufacturing technicians work in a wide range of companies, including, but not exclusively, chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products and nuclear manufacturing. A science manufacturing technician will operate the systems and equipment, involved in the production of products.

Occupational Overview A science industry maintenance technician contributes to the fault free and safe operation of science industry plant by the installation, maintenance, testing and repair of mechanical, electrical equipment and instrumentation. They will be proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving their work environment. As well as core engineering skills, maintenance technicians need to understand and follow working practices that are specific to the safety critical science industry.

Length: Minimum 18 months

Entry Requirements Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship. Progression The standard is recognised by the relevant professional bodies at Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) level, for which there is a requirement that the technician will participate in subsequent continuing professional development on completion of the Apprenticeship. This standard meets the professional standards of the Engineering Council for registration as an engineering technician (EngTech). Registration is subject to candidates successfully completing the appropriate learning, developing the appropriate competence, and undergoing professional review. 47

Length: Minimum 36 months

Entry Requirements Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprentices. Most candidates will have achieved grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths and a STEM-related subject at Level 2 prior to commencement of Apprenticeship. Progression This standard aligns to the core engineering skills required for similar occupations in other industries. This standard has been designed to deliver sufficient Underpinning Knowledge and Understanding (UKU) and allow Apprentices sufficient experiential, work based learning opportunities to satisfy the requirements for Professional Registration as engineering technician (EngTech) as defined by the UK Standard for professional rngineering competence (UK-SPEC).


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LEVEL 3 LABORATORY TECHNICIAN Length: 24 months

Occupational Overview The broad purpose of the occupation is working at the forefront of technology to carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing (and manufacturing where relevant) and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation. Entry Requirements Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. Progression This standard has professional recognition.

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LEVEL 3 MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN Length: 36-42 months

Occupational Overview To support the business and operational requirements of modern integrated engineered production plant and services, electrical systems and process control technicians and electromechanical technicians will need to apply a range of conventional skills and knowledge to undertake engineering activities on a selection of electromechanical and process control plant, systems and equipment. Entry Requirements Typically 3 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or higher including maths, English and science, or equivalent and/or relevant experience. A technician must have the core requirements below and demonstrate the specialist requirements in one role.

LEVEL 3 UTILITIES ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN Length: 48 months

Occupational Overview Utilities engineering technicians perform reactive and routine maintenance on equipment to ensure safe and efficient running of the sites, supporting other disciplines as necessary. Entry Requirements Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship Progression Successful Apprentices will be eligible for engineering technician (EngTech) (or equivalent) professional registration.

Progression This standard will meet the professional standards of the engineering council for registration as engineering technician (Eng Tech) by an appropriate professional engineering institution.

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Hairdressing and Beauty Find the right style for your future with a career in hair and beauty. If you have a lively personality, are hardworking and driven and have a creative flair then an Apprenticeship in this glamorous sector could be for you. Employers we work with The Skin Company, Podology, The Amber Rooms, All Dolled Up, House of Waxx, Goddess Beauty Salon, Top to Toe, Suzanne Wilson Billingham, Henderson Clarke Middlesbrough.

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LEVEL 2 BEAUTY THERAPIST

LEVEL 3 ADVANCED BEAUTY PROFESSIONAL

Occupational Overview A beauty therapist works in one of the largest, trusted, professional and continually expanding industries within the Hair and Beauty Sector.

Occupational Overview This occupation is found in a number of sector environments, varying in size style and ambiance. An advanced beauty therapist can be employed within the beauty industry, travel and leisure and health sectors, in a variety of salons, spas and aesthetic environments.

Length: 15 months

Entry Requirements Apprentices without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for Level 2 English and maths prior to taking the end-point assessment. Progression On completion, Apprentices can move onto the Level 3 advanced beauty professional Apprenticeship.

Length: 18 months

Entry Requirements Typical entry requirements would be following the study or completion of a beauty therapy Level 2 Apprenticeship standard or equivalent to have the fundamental foundation of the job role. Progression The advanced beauty professional Apprenticeship may lead to may lead to more specialist occupations through further training.

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LEVEL 2 HAIR PROFESSIONAL Length: 24 months

Occupational Overview There are two distinctly different job roles within this occupational profile: hairdresser and barber. Hairdressers will be able to shampoo and condition hair, cut hair using a range of techniques, style and finish hair to create variety of looks, and colour and lighten hair for ladies and men. Barbers will be able to shampoo and condition hair, cut hair using barbering techniques, style and finish hair, cut facial hair into shape and provide shaving services for men.

LEVEL 3 ADVANCED AND CREATIVE HAIR PROFESSIONAL Length: 12 months

Occupational Overview Advanced and creative hair professionals are creative, passionate, and driven professionals who work without supervision, managing themselves and others when required. They provide a quality service, whilst working to the highest standards and continuously developing their personal and professional skills.

Entry Requirements Apprentices without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to take the tests for this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

Entry Requirements Typical entry requirements would be following the study or completion of the Level 2 Hair Professional Apprenticeship standard or equivalent to have the fundamental foundation of the job role. If you do not have Level 2 English and maths you will be required to continue studying these subjects.

Progression On completion, Apprentices can move onto the Level 3 Advanced Beauty Professional Apprenticeship.

Progression This Apprenticeship may lead to may lead to more specialist occupations through further training.

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Teesside’s digital sector is thriving and it is set to grow with fantastic opportunities available to those with digital skills. Young people really should consider a career in the digital sector. Andy Preston, the Mayor of Middlesbrough

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IT, Computing and Digital Technologies Computing skills are vital for Britain’s economic future, with the Tees Valley being a hotbed for digital tech innovation. Employers are looking to recruit Apprentices to grow their workforce. Employers we work with Redcar Council, CPI, Thorn & Derrick, Sage UK, Mobile Mini, South Tees NHS, VirtualArmour, Svitzer, Awup, Sterling Pharma, Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust

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LEVEL 3 INFRASTRUCTURE TECHNICIAN

LEVEL 3 DIGITAL SUPPORT TECHNICIAN

Occupational Overview An infrastructure technician provides support to internal and external customers, helping them to be productive when using technology to do their own jobs, by using tools to problem solve and trouble shoot non routine problems. The infrastructure technician sets people up on systems and provides support when they need it, rectifying issues to maintain the organisations productivity.

Occupational Overview The broad purpose of a digital support technician is to maximise the effective use of digital office technologies, productivity software, and digital communications, including collaborative technologies, and digital information systems to achieve objectives.

Length: 18 months

Entry Requirements A relevant Level 2 Apprenticeship; other relevant qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test with a focus on IT skills. Applicants are required to have gained a Level 2 English and maths (GCSE Grades 9-4 / A-C). Progression Apprentices can progress into senior level IT roles or alternatively the Level 4 Network Engineer Apprenticeship.

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Length: 15 months

Entry Requirements Individual employers will set the selection criteria including relevant qualifications and experience. Applicants are required to have gained a Level 2 English and maths (GCSE Grades 9-4 / A-C). Progression Apprentices can progress into senior level IT roles or alternatively the Level 4 Network Engineer Apprenticeship.


LEVEL 3 SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TECHNICIAN Length: 18 months

Occupational Overview A software development technician typically works as part of a software development team, to builds simple software components (whether web, mobile or desktop applications) to be used by other members of the team as part of larger software development projects. Entry Requirements A relevant Level 2 Apprenticeship; other relevant qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test with a focus on IT skills. Applicants are required to have gained a Level 2 English and maths (GCSE Grades 9-4 / A-C). Progression On completion, Apprentices can move onto the Level 4 Software Developer Apprenticeship.

LEVEL 4 SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Length: 24 months

Occupational Overview The primary role of a software developer is to build and test simple, high-quality code across front end, logic and database layers. A developer will typically be working as part of a larger team, in which they will have responsibility for some of the straightforward elements of the overall project. Entry Requirements Applicants will need A Levels, a relevant Level 3 Apprenticeship; other relevant qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test with a focus on IT skills. Applicants are required to have gained a Level 2 English and maths (GCSE Grades 9-4 / A-C). Progression This Apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the Register of IT Technicians confirming SFIA Level 3 professional competence and those completing the Apprenticeship are eligible to apply for registration.

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LEVEL 4 NETWORK ENGINEER

LEVEL 3 JUNIOR CONTENT PRODUCER

Occupational Overview The primary role of a network engineer is to design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. Network engineers need to maintain high levels of operation of communication networks in order to provide maximum performance and availability for their users, such as staff, clients, customers and suppliers.

Occupational Overview A junior content producer (also referred to as a creative content assistant) is responsible for developing and creating content that can be used across a variety of media including digital, social media, broadcast or in print. Working to the customer/client brief, they research, prepare and develop the media messaging to maximise audience engagement, capturing the strategy and objectives of the brand and needs of the customer they are representing.

Length: 24 months

Entry Requirements Applicants will need A Levels, a relevant Level 3 Apprenticeship; other relevant qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test with a focus on IT skills. Applicants are required to have gained a Level 2 English and maths (GCSE Grades 9-4 / A-C). Progression This Apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the Register of IT Technicians confirming SFIA Level 3 professional competence and those completing the Apprenticeship are eligible to apply for registration.

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Length: 12-18 months

Entry Requirements Applicants are required to have gained a Level 2 English and maths (GCSE Grades 4 (C) or above). Certificates will need to be produced at enrolment. If proof cannot be produced or you do not meet these entry requirements, then applicants will be invited to complete an initial assessment prior to acceptance. Progression Junior content producers may progress into content creation/ development roles at more senior levels across the industry, including with digital agencies, broadcasters and publishers.


LEVEL 3 DIGITAL MARKETER

LEVEL 4 MARKETING EXECUTIVE

Occupational Overview The primary role of a digital marketer is to define, design, build and implement digital campaigns across a variety of online and social media platforms to drive customer acquisition, customer engagement and customer retention.

Occupational Overview Marketing is vitally important to all businesses providing the insight to develop and deliver new products and services to meet ever-changing customer needs. It is the process of researching, developing, promoting and distributing, products or services through effective channels to engage with a range of target audiences.

Length: 18 months

Entry Requirements Applicants are required to have gained a Level 2 English and maths (GCSE Grades 4 (C) or above). Certificates will need to be produced at enrolment. If proof cannot be produced or you do not meet these entry requirements, then applicants will be invited to complete an initial assessment prior to acceptance. Progression This Apprenticeship is recognised for entry on to the Register of IT Technicians and those completing their Apprenticeships are eligible to apply for registration. On completion, Apprentices can move onto the Level 4 Marketing Executive Apprenticeship.

Length: 15-21 months

Entry Requirements Applicants will need A Levels, a relevant Level 3 Apprenticeship or other relevant qualifications. Applicants are required to have gained a Level 2 English and maths (GCSE Grades 9-4 / A-C). Progression This Apprenticeship is designed to meet the requirements for registration as an affiliate member with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

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Motor Vehicle (Automotive Technology) Gear yourself up for an exciting career in the motor vehicle sector. If you are good problem solver with great customer service skills then this could be the career for you. Employers we work with Nifco, AV Dawson, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, ISO Tank, Bertschi, Prestons of Potto.

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LEVEL 2 AUTOCARE TECHNICIAN Length: 30 months

Occupational Overview An Auto-care technician carries out a range of services and repairs to cars, car derived vans and light goods vehicles, working in an Auto-care or ‘fast-fit� centre, which may be part of a national chain or operated by a regional/local independent group/owner. Entry Requirements Apprentices without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for Level 2 prior to taking their Apprenticeship end-point assessment. Progression On completion of this standard the auto-care technician will be eligible to apply for IMI membership as a registered young professional or if they wish as an associate member. They would also gain entry onto the IMI professional register.

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I’ve picked up so much while working here, as well as gaining my qualification I have learnt how to organise and manage multiple tasks, communicate effectively and work as part of a busy team. Learning while being in the workplace has really boosted my confidence.

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Hannah Cooke Level 4 Professional Accounting (AAT) Apprentice working at Svitzer


What to do next The way you apply for an Apprenticeship is slightly different than applying for a full-time course. There are many great Apprenticeship programmes on offer however to start on a programme, there also needs to be a suitable employer who is happy to take you on as an Apprentice or, a vacancy. Once a vacancy becomes available it’s all about putting together a great application and nailing your interview so you stand out from the competition! Search for a vacancy Visit www.northernskills.co.uk to search for current Apprenticeship vacancies, we often have new vacancies become available so do remember to check our website! Apply for a vacancy If you find a suitable vacancy on our website, complete our online application form. This details your exam results, a personal statement and any attributes you think make you well suited to the job. See the application as a selling tool to show off your skills, professional manner and personal qualities. If you need support completing an application, we run regular CV writing workshops.

Attend an interview If your application is successful, you will be invited for an interview to discuss your application in more detail. This will be with a member of the Northern Skills Group team, the employer directly or in some cases, both. You will have the opportunity to attend interview skills sessions to prepare fore this.

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Can’t find an Apprenticeship or vacancy that’s right for you? There are a number of options available to students who can’t initially find a suitable employer to start an Apprenticeship with. Apply for a full-time vocational course Many school leavers initially apply to a full time BTEC qualification before they start on an Apprenticeship. Once an employer becomes available, it is then possible to fast-track you onto an Apprenticeship programme with Northern Skills Group midway through your course. This is a valuable option as it allows you to gain a basic understanding of the industry you will be working in and complete work as part of your technical certificate. If you are based in Middlesbrough, Tees Valley you can apply for a full-time courses at mbro.ac.uk. Join our Pre-Apprenticeship programme Apprenticeships are competitive so you need to stand out, have work experience behind you and know how to write an amazing application. Our Pre-Apprenticeship programme helps tick all those boxes and provides you with essential skills and experience to ace both your application and interview. We work with you on communication skills, team building, CV 65

writing and interview skills to help you succeed. In addition to this, we can also provide industry specific qualifications which you might need in the future such as CSCS card, Food Hygiene Certificate or DBS checks. Regardless of your work experience or qualifications, our preApprenticeship programmes are tailored to your needs and will provide you with the right tools to put your best foot forwards towards an Apprenticeship. On completion, you will be guaranteed an interview with Northern Skills Group and any relevant employer who might be recruiting at that time. Call 01642 333378 or email adult&communitylearning@mbro. ac.uk to check upcoming start dates and register your interest. Still in school? Register your interest in an Apprenticeship at northernskills. co.uk so you are ahead of the game when you are due to finish your studies in the summer. By signing up to our email bulletin you will receive regular updates on upcoming apprenticeships and opportunities available!


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We look forward to hearing from you Apply for a vacancy or register your interest in an Apprenticeship at www.northernskills.co.uk Have a chat with a member of our Apprenticeships team - 03453 40 40 40 Email us at: Apprenticeships@northernskills.co.uk with any questions you have.

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