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Why have apprenticeships been introduced?

The Lincolnshire Talent Academy is working towards a standardised approach to the delivery of skills and competences across the Lincolnshire health and care sector. Where possible, the apprenticeship programme will be used as the main vehicle for delivery of work-based training.

Can a request for an apprenticeship be declined?

Yes if the application does not meet funding eligibility requirements or does not align to the job role, personal or workforce development plans.

Do I have to do loads of homework?

There may be some self-study – the volume will be dependent on individual learning styles and personal choice.

Can I study an apprenticeship in something different to my job?

The apprenticeship programme provides training and development aligned to the learners job role.  Therefore, you can only undertake an apprenticeship in an area where you are able to develop the skills and apply them within your day to day role.  In addition, as all apprenticeship training will in future be funded through the employer levy, it is important that, like any budget, the training supports the long term workforce development plans in addition to the individuals personal development aspirations.
An apprenticeship cannot therefore be used to develop skills in a sector wholly unrelated to your role e.g. horticulture for a health care support worker as you need to be able to produce work based evidence as part of the assessment.

Will I have to go to college as part of the apprenticeship?

Many apprenticeships are undertaken wholly within the work environment (except functional skills exams which need to be undertaken on site at the training provider).  Details of this can be provided once the apprenticeship and provider has been finalised.

How do I know what level of apprenticeship I should do?

The level of apprenticeship is determined by the role being undertaken in the workplace and the existing level of skills, knowledge and competence of the learner.  If you are unsure you can still complete an expression of interest form and from this the suitable level will be identified through consultation with your manager and yourself.

Aren’t apprenticeships for school leavers?

Apprenticeships are available for all ages from 16years and above, and at all levels from level 2 to degree to ensure that the needs of the full workforce at met.

Will undertaking an apprenticeship affect my pay, terms or conditions?

For the majority of cases where the apprenticeship programme is to be used to support development of staff in an existing role, there will be no change to pay, terms and conditions as set against the original job description.
Where bespoke apprentice roles are created as developmental posts, these may on occasions be subject to different terms and conditions (supernumerary or fixed term posts), details of which will be provided at time of advertising the vacancy.
You will not be guaranteed any pay rise or promotion upon completion of an apprenticeship. However the additional knowledge, skills and qualifications can support applications for roles as they become available.

How do I apply?

Complete an expression of interest form and submit to your organisational line manager for consideration. In the event of query, please contact the Lincolnshire Talent Academy.

How do I apply for a work experience placement?

All work experience opportunities will be shown on the ‘Work Experience Page’.  You can apply via the ‘Apply’ icon at the end of each opportunity where you can register with the Lincolnshire Talent Academy and search for placements. Once you have submitted your request through this system, the Lincolnshire Talent Academy will then contact the organisation directly and will inform you by letter/email if your request has been successful or not. Due to the high number of requests, we cannot guarantee all applications will result in a placement.

Please note: Placements could take up to six weeks to process. Due to the high number of applications we cannot guarantee everyone a placement.

How long are work experience placements for?

Duration of the work experience placement will differ, placements vary from 1/2 day to 5 days but no longer than a week.

If I apply today, can I do the work experience next week?

Unfortunately not as this doesn’t allow enough time for the department to consider your application. The process can take up to 6 weeks so please allow enough time for your application to be processed.

I’m emailing my application so how can I sign it?

To show that you’ve understood the terms and conditions, you can type your name and the date.

Can I apply for more than one date on the application form?

Students can specify a maximum of three dates. If the department is unable to offer a placement on those dates then the student will be contacted.

How do I get to my placement?

You will need to organise and meet any costs associated with your travel to and from the location of the work experience placement.

How will I know if I have a placement or not?

All applicants will be notified by post or email of the outcome.

If an applicant has been successful in obtaining a placement, they will be provided with an Offer Letter and full placement description and associated risk assessment.  The Offer Letter contains a Placement Agreement which must be signed and returned prior to commencement.  Applicants under the age of 18 years are required to obtain parent or guardian permission.

The applicant will be required to take a copy of their confirmation letter with them on placement.

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