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Apprenticeship Newsletter

  1. 1. Swansea iTeC 01792 464561 Develop Your Skills Apprenticeship Week here at Swansea ITeC Apprenticeship Week is the time when all eyes are on apprenticeships and it’s all about raising the profile amongst employers, individuals, teachers, parents and the media. Everyone with an interest in apprenticeships across Wales is encouraged to get involved in the Week. In the week I interviewed the apprenticeships. In this Newsletter there will basically be questions and answers from the apprenticeships. An Apprenticeship could be for you if you’ve got a good idea of where you want to go with your career and like the idea of earning while you learn. You’ll get top quality training, developing skills and gaining qualifications on the job.  First you’ll need to decide which career suits you best.  Next, you’ll have to decide whether you can commit to the demands of an Apprenticeship. Being an apprentice means juggling work and study over the long term.  Generally, an Apprenticeship takes between one and four years to complete. The length varies depending on the sector, the qualification you’re going for and the skills you already have. Swansea ITeC Limited is a part of Skills Academy Wales, the largest work-based learning provider in South West Wales. Come and speak to the experts and find out how apprenticeships can improve YOUR career prospects and support YOUR business prosperity. Here at Swansea ITeC we will support you 100% with your career.
  2. 2. Swansea iTeC 01792 464561 Geraint Lewis Code 3 I work for Code 3 models and I make prediction pieces for Corgi. What is your job role? I design art work at Code 3 models. I make physical pieces. What type of apprenticeship are you on? I wasn’t sure about the type of apprenticeship that I’m on. How long have you been doing the apprenticeship? I’ve been doing the Apprenticeship under a year. What did you do before you started the apprenticeship? Before I started the Apprenticeship I was working in Amazon. What have you gained from the programme? Since I’ve done the Apprenticeship I’ve gained more confidence, I’ve learnt better skills on Photoshop and Dream Weaver. If you didn’t do an apprenticeship, where do you think you would be now? I’d be at the same job role but with less experience. Do you see yourself progressing onto an advanced diploma or even considering a degree? I’m not sure. Would you recommend the apprenticeship to others, If yes why? Yes, I would recommend the apprenticeship to others because it’s a good way of working and learning more. Do you think that the apprenticeship programme has the potential to support your career aims? Yes. The apprenticeship programme has the potential to support my career aims. Business benefits of a Modern Apprenticeship?   The benefits of IT Training are enormous. A good training session can save you time and money, paying for itself over and over again. Below we have listed a few of the major benefits you and your company can enjoy from a Modern Apprenticeship.   Enables staff to be more productive  It can help avoid costly errors  It improves the presentation of work produced  It improves the accuracy of work  It increases the speed of work completed  It can improve your company’s overall image  It can improve business communication  It can rapidly improve an individual’s progress  It gives employers/employees a real sense of achievement
  3. 3. Swansea iTeC 01792 464561 Maddie Young - Gower Getaways I work for Gower Getaways. What is your job role? My job role is Business Administrator. What type of apprenticeship are you on? The type of apprenticeship programme I’m on is MVQ level 2 Business Administration. How long have you been doing the apprenticeship? I have been doing the apprenticeship since October 2013. What did you do before you started the apprenticeship? I was training to be a hairdresser before I started the apprenticeship. What have you gained from the programme? I have gained a lot more confidence, I’ve learnt new skills that I didn’t have and I’ve had better knowledge of Swansea because I used to live in Spain. If you didn’t do an apprenticeship, where do you think you would be now? If I didn’t do an apprenticeship I would probably be a hairdresser. Do you see yourself progressing onto an advanced diploma or even considering a degree? Yes. Would you recommend the apprenticeship to others, if so why? Yes I would recommend the apprenticeship programme to others because there isn’t really a lot of jobs available. Do you think that the apprenticeship programme has the potential to support your career aims? Yes, the apprenticeship programme does have the potential to support my career aims. "Your Apprentice Of Today Is Your Business Of Tomorrow" Apprenticeships in Wales help to inspire success in the individual and bring huge benefits to the workplace.
  4. 4. Swansea iTeC 01792 464561 Ryan Adams – Epos System My company is Epos System, I work for till systems. What is your job role? My job role is an IT support tech – Admin. What type of apprenticeship are you on? The type of apprenticeship I’m on is the Level 2 IT professional. How long have you been doing the apprenticeship? I’ve been doing the apprenticeship for 6 months. What did you do before you started the apprenticeship? I was doing steps to employ course before I started my apprenticeship. What have you gained from the programme? I have gained confidence, a job and work experience while doing the programme. If you didn’t do an apprenticeship, where do you think you would be now? If I didn’t do the apprenticeship I would probably try and get a job. Do you see yourself progressing onto an advanced diploma or even considering a degree? No. Would you recommend the apprenticeship to others, if yes why? I would recommend the apprenticeship programme to others because it’s a good stepping stone to get work experience. Do you think that the apprenticeship programme has the potential to support your career aims? Yes. An Apprenticeship could be for you if you’ve got a good idea of where you want to go with your career and like the idea of earning while you learn. You’ll get top quality training, developing skills and gaining qualifications on the job.  First you’ll need to decide which career suits you best.  Next, you’ll have to decide whether you can commit to the demands of an Apprenticeship. Being an apprentice means juggling work and study over the long term.  Generally, an Apprenticeship takes between one and four years to complete. The length varies depending on the sector, the qualification you’re going for and the skills you already have.
  5. 5. Swansea iTeC 01792 464561 Tom Blackwood – Bishopston Comp My company is working in Bishopston Comprehensive. What is your job role? My job role is an IT Technician. What type of apprenticeship are you on? I’m not sure. How long have you been doing the apprenticeship? I’ve been doing the apprenticeship for a month. What did you do before you started the apprenticeship? I was in college before I started the apprenticeship. What have you gained from the programme? I have gained better skills and money. If you didn’t do an apprenticeship, where do you think you would be now? If I wasn’t doing the apprenticeship I would be looking for a job. Do you see yourself progressing onto an advanced diploma or even considering a degree? Yes. Would you recommend the apprenticeship to others, if yes why? I would recommend the apprenticeship to others because it’s a good way to get to university and get a job. It’s good experience. Do you think that the apprenticeship programme has the potential to support your career aims? Yes. Apprenticeships are for those aged 16 and over. There are 3 levels available. 1. Foundation Apprenticeships  These can give you the skills apprentices need for your chosen career and allow entry to an Apprenticeship.  You’ll work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 2, Essential Skills and, in some cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification such as a BTEC.  The entry qualifications (GCSE grades or equivalent) vary depending on the work  You may have to sit an entrance test and be interviewed by the employer  Apprenticeships cover many career areas, such as caring, engineering, office work, construction work, sport and recreation.  Vacancies will vary depending on where you live.  You may attend day or block release at a college or training centre 3. Higher Apprenticeships Higher Apprenticeships work towards work-based learning qualifications such as NVQ Level 4 and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation degree.
  6. 6. Swansea iTeC 01792 464561 I work for PC Care, I help local charities. What is your job role? My job role is to help the community with technical faults; I also replace old IT products from schools. What type of apprenticeship are you on? The type of apprenticeship I’m on is ICT Level 2. How long have you been doing the apprenticeship? I have been doing the apprenticeship since August 2013. What did you do before you started the apprenticeship? I was doing a 6month job role at Wales PC Care before I chose to do an apprenticeship. What have you gained from the programme? I have gained more confidence and better skills since I started the programme. If you didn’t do an apprenticeship, where do you think you would be now? If I didn’t do the apprenticeship I would probably be looking for a job. Do you see yourself progressing onto an advanced diploma or even considering a degree? I’m not too sure. Would you recommend the apprenticeship to others, if yes why? Yes, because it’s a good way to improve your skills. Do you think that the apprenticeship programme has the potential to support your career aims? Yes. Nathan Emery - PC care. Apprenticeship  Apprentices work towards work- based learning qualifications such as NVQ Level 3, Essential Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge based certificate such as a BTEC.  To start this programme, you should ideally have five GCSEs (grade C or above) or have completed a Foundation Apprenticeship.  You may have to sit an entrance test and be interviewed by the employer  Apprenticeships are available in many career areas such as caring, engineering, business administration, construction work, sport and recreation  Vacancies will vary depending on where you live  Get your NVQ at Level 3 and it can lead to a job, promotion and/or study at a HND, HNC or degree Level (4-5)
  7. 7. Swansea iTeC 01792 464561 Carl Fox – T.A Primary School Apprenticeship Programmes Foundation Apprenticeships Apprenticeships Education and Training 91% 88% Business and Admin 83% 84% Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies 82% 87% Retail and Customer Service 84% 86% Information and Communication Technology 83% 82% I’m a Teaching assistant in a Primary school – Pontardulais Primary. What is your job role? I’m a teaching assistant in a Primary school. I’m sometimes a receptionist. I create displays, resources and teach lessons. What type of apprenticeship are you on? The apprenticeship I’m on is ITQ user level 2. How long have you been doing the apprenticeship? I’ve been doing the apprenticeship for over a year now. What did you do before you started the apprenticeship? Before I started the apprenticeship I was working. What have you gained from the programme? I have gained more skills on the programme. If you didn’t do an apprenticeship, where do you think you would be now? I would be working but I wouldn’t have learnt the skills I have gained now. Do you see yourself progressing onto an advanced diploma or even considering a degree? I’m 50/50 on seeing myself progress onto an advanced diploma or considering a degree. Would you recommend the apprenticeship to others if yes why? I would recommend the apprenticeship to others because it will help develop new skills. It will also give you extra qualifications. Do you think that the apprenticeship programme has the potential to support your career aims? Yes. Helping apprentices become IT “super users” Learners develop a wide range of IT user skills within the frameworks for Apprenticeships for IT users. The apprenticeship is available at Levels 2 and 3 and is designed to help and support people new to roles in which they use IT intensively. The frameworks include an integrated competence and knowledge qualification and learners have to complete the ITQ Diploma.
  8. 8. Swansea iTeC 01792 464561 James Roberts – Quick Link 76% 78% 80% 82% 84% 86% 88% 90% 92% Foundation Apprenticeships Apprenticeships I work at Quick link. What is your job role? My job role is IT support. What type of apprenticeship are you on? The type of apprenticeship I’m on is IT. How long have you been doing the apprenticeship? I’ve been doing the apprenticeship for 2 Months. What did you do before you started the apprenticeship? I worked retail. What have you gained from the programme? I gained more skills doing this programme. If you didn’t do an apprenticeship, where do you think you would be now? If I didn’t do the apprenticeship, I’d probably be looking for a job. Do you see yourself progressing onto an advanced diploma or even considering a degree? Yes. Would you recommend the apprenticeship to others if yes why? Yes, because you learn more on you don’t know, and it’s full education. Do you think that the apprenticeship programme has the potential to support your career aims? Yes. Statistics of Apprenticeships by subject 2011-12
  9. 9. Swansea iTeC 01792 464561 Eric Taviner - Gower Business System. I work at Gower Business System. What is your job role? My job role is systems engineer. What type of apprenticeship are you on? The type of apprenticeship I’m on is it practitioner. How long have you been doing the apprenticeship? I’ve been doing the apprenticeship since October 2013. What did you do before you started the apprenticeship? Before I started the apprenticeship I worked at Virgin Atlantic. What have you gained from the programme? I’ve gained more confident and network skills doing this programme. If you didn’t do an apprenticeship, where do you think you would be now? If I didn’t do the apprenticeship I’d still be at Virgin Atlantic. Do you see yourself progressing onto an advanced diploma or even considering a degree? Yes. Would you recommend the apprenticeship to others if yes why? Yes, because it’s very easy going, the staffs here are great. Do you think that the apprenticeship programme has the potential to support your career aims? Yes. Photograph of Eric Specific job roles for Apprenticeship training in the active leisure, learning and well-being sector include:  Leisure and Sports Managers  Youth and Community Workers  Sports Players  Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials  Fitness Instructors  Sports and Fitness Occupations NEC  Vocational and Industrial Trainers and Instructors  Gardeners and Grounds men/women  Playgroup Leaders/Assistants  Sports and Leisure Assistants  Leisure and Theme Park Attendants  Stewards and Related Occupations Skills Active can help identify how many of your staff are eligible for funding and evaluate the most appropriate training for all staff, not just those working in specific active leisure roles. Other areas Skills Active can help with include:  Customer Service  Business Administration  Social Media  Marketing and Communications  IT
  10. 10. Swansea iTeC 01792 464561 Jacob - Blue Telecoms. I work at Blue Telecoms. What is your job role? My job role is a Server Management. What type of apprenticeship are you on? The type of apprenticeship I’m on is maintaining service. How long have you been doing the apprenticeship? I have been doing the apprenticeship for 4 months. What did you do before you started the apprenticeship? Before I started the apprenticeship I was learning more on web design. What have you gained from the programme? I’ve gained more confidence doing this programme. I have met new people in my class which has made me feel more confident. If you didn’t do an apprenticeship, where do you think you would be now? If I didn’t do the apprenticeship, I’d probably be in college. Do you see yourself progressing onto an advanced diploma or even considering a degree? I don’t think I can progress onto an advanced diploma, but I can see myself getting a degree. Would you recommend the apprenticeship to others, if yes why? Yes, I would recommend the apprenticeship to others because you get more out of the programme; you learn more skills as the programme goes on. Do you think that the apprenticeship programme has the potential to support your career aims? Yes. If you are interested in gaining an apprenticeship contact us by the following: Visit us: http://www.swanseaitec.co.uk/ Call us: 01792 464561 Email us: info@swansea-itec.co.uk Pop in! 250 Carmarthen Road Cwmbwrla Swansea Wales SA1 1HG

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