HTP APPRENTICE HUB:
Apprenticeships

What you need to know
An Apprenticeship is a real job combined with a skills development program. This job is not just about working but also about learning, offering you the chance to acquire the knowledge, skills, and behaviours necessary to successfully achieve your Apprenticeship.

As an apprentice, you’ll gain the technical know-how, practical experience, and broader skills vital for both your current role and future career. This learning happens through a diverse mix of on-the-job work, formal training, and real-world practise.

It’s essential that both HTP Apprenticeship College and your employer agree that this Apprenticeship is the right learning path for you. It should either be for a new job requiring fresh skills or an existing job where you need substantial new knowledge and skills to be fully competent.

Your employer must give you the necessary support and guidance in your job role.

Shape your future with Apprenticeship skills development.

More than just a learning program – an Apprenticeship is a launchpad for your career.

At HTP Apprenticeship College, we’re dedicated to aligning your training with the real-world skills, knowledge, and practices that employers value most.

We’re here to ensure that every aspect of your Apprenticeship propels you towards becoming not just a skilled professional, but a valued contributor to your workplace and wider society.

Get ready to make a difference with skills that matter!

Your Apprenticeships: not just how to do your job, but how to do it in the right way.

Career advancement through diverse skills

Build a versatile skill set that not only advances your career but also opens up new avenues for professional growth.

Improved employability skills

Enhance your job prospects with essential employability skills, including a firm grasp of your role, health and safety, and the importance of inclusivity and British Values in the workplace.

Fostering long-term career stability

Secure your position in a forward-thinking team by developing skills that are crucial for the future, contributing to a satisfying and long-term career.

Adaptability: Your Key to Professional Excellence

Prepare yourself to excel in any professional setting with continuous learning and adaptability, making you an indispensable member of your workplace.

Aligning with the dynamics of the job market

Invest in yourself by mastering a range of competencies that align with the dynamic demands of the job market, ensuring your role remains relevant and rewarding.

Your guide to Apprenticeship processes and events

1. Duration, Work Hours and Wages
2. College and Workplace Inductions
3. Off-Job Training (OJT)
4. Progress Reviews
5. Maths & English
6. Personal Development
7. End Point Assessment (EPA)

Duration, Work Hours and Wages

Duration

Your Apprenticeship training will last at least 12 months, sometimes longer, depending on your specific program or assessment plan. You must remain employed until you complete the End-Point Assessment (EPA), which can only be taken after meeting the minimum duration.

If you work fewer than 30 hours per week, or if you’re on a zero-hours contract, your Apprenticeship duration will be adjusted accordingly. HTP Apprenticeship College will work with your employer to ensure all documentation reflects this.

Work Hours

As an apprentice, you’ll work a minimum of 30 hours per week, including any ‘Off-Job Training’ (OJT) and may be more. However this can vary if you have special circumstances like caregiving responsibilities or a disability. In such cases, your Apprenticeship will be extended to ensure you get enough training and work experience. Your weekly schedule should allow for sufficient regular training and job activities, aiming for successful completion of your Apprenticeship.

Off-Job Training should make up at least 20% of your paid working hours, and it’s part of your job. OJT can be undertaken at your employer’s premises, and there are restrictions about what does, and does not, qualify as ‘Off-Job’. See Section 4 for more information.

Wages

Many apprentices are already employed and use the Apprenticeship program to enhance their current job or move to a new role within the company.

There’s no upper limit on pay for apprentices and therefore just because an existing employee undertakes an Apprenticeship there is not a requirement to change salary. In all cases your employer must pay you at least the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices.

This rate varies based on your age and the stage of your Apprenticeship. As you develop new skills, your pay may be adjusted according to market rates.

 

Inductions

Apprenticeship Induction

When you start, HTP Apprenticeship College will provide you and your employer with all the necessary information about your Apprenticeship program. The specific programme details will be set out through an individual training plan agreed by all three parties, and includes any adjustments made based on your previous learning, your responsibilities, and a discussion about how your 20% Off-Job Training will be conducted.

Workplace Induction

Your employer will also introduce you to the workplace, outlining your job role, work hours, dress code, and Health and Safety procedures – including any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may be required.

You will be given an introduction to employee rights and responsibilities and your employer will explain how your Off-Job Training will be integrated into your schedule.

Off-Job Training (OJT)

What is it?

This training is a key part of your Apprenticeship, taking place during your paid hours. It includes a variety of activities like theoretical teaching, practical training, shadowing, mentoring, and writing assignments. If support is needed with English and Maths, this should also be undertaken. Off-Job Training does not include any training which is not related to your Apprenticeship Standard or activities outside your paid hours.

Off-Job Training can happen on-site, when it is referred to as “near-the-job.” Most sessions are in-workplace coaching. Off-site workshops are less frequent.

HTP Apprenticeship College and your employer will decide how this training is delivered, whether through training sessions in the workplace, day release, block release, or other arrangements.

It can include the following:

  • the teaching of theory (for example, lectures, role playing, simulation exercises, online learning, and manufacturer training);
  • practical training, shadowing, mentoring, industry visits, and attendance at competitions; or
  • learning support and time spent writing assessments/assignments.

Off-job training does not include:

  • training to acquire knowledge, skills and behaviours that are not required in the Apprenticeship standard;
  • progress reviews or on-programme assessment required for an Apprenticeship standard;
  • training which takes place outside the apprentice’s paid hours;
  • English & Maths training required to meet the Apprenticeship requirements.

At least 20% of your paid hours across your Apprenticeship must be spent on this training. You can opt for additional training outside your paid hours, but this won’t count towards the 20% requirement.

If you’re unable to attend scheduled training, it will be rescheduled or replaced to ensure you receive the full training outlined in your Commitment Statement. Any breaks, such as for medical or parental leave, will affect your Apprenticeship completion date, which will be adjusted accordingly.

Precise Definition

Off-Job training is defined by the Government’s Department for Education as:

“Training which is received by the apprentice within their practical period, during the apprentice’s normal working hours, for the purpose of achieving the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the Apprenticeship they are undertaking. By normal working hours we mean the hours for which the apprentice would normally be paid, excluding overtime.”

Progress Reviews

As part of your Apprenticeship, it’s important to keep track of your progress and make sure you’re getting the most out of your training. Regular meetings will be arranged with your Apprenticeship Coach and your Employer or Supervisor to review how you’re doing.

 

What HTP Apprenticeship College will do:
  • Set up a schedule of regular progress meetings with your supervisor, mentor, or manager.
  • Ensure you and your workplace mentor are included in every meeting.
  • Assess and document your progress.
  • Identify any extra training or support you might need and update your Apprenticeship Training Plan.
  • Set and record goals and tasks for you to complete before the next meeting.
  • Provide you and your mentor with a record of each meeting.
  • Plan and schedule your next progress review.
Your responsibilities as an apprentice are to:
  • Engage in discussions about your progress in the workplace.
  • Share any concerns you have about your Apprenticeship with HTP.
  • Attend all scheduled progress meetings.
  • Keep track of and confirm the Off-Job Training you’ve completed.
  • Sign the review documents.
  • If needed, agree to and confirm any changes to your Apprenticeship Training Plan.

MATHS & ENGLISH

As an apprentice, you will have the opportunity to enhance your maths and English skills through our Functional Skills program. These skills are essential if you do not already have the minimum required certification in these subjects.

Functional Skills are designed to provide fundamental literacy and numeracy skills, equipping you with the abilities necessary for everyday life. They not only improve your employment prospects but also pave the way for higher-level Apprenticeships and other learning opportunities.

English Functional Skills

This qualification aims to:

  • Enhance your understanding and response to verbal communication in various contexts.
  • Expand your vocabulary and usage of everyday words.
  • Improve your reading accuracy.
  • Develop your ability to write clearly, with strong spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

To complete your English Functional Skills, you’ll need to pass three assessments:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking and Listening
Maths Functional Skills

This qualification is designed to:

  • Strengthen your mathematical problem-solving skills in familiar scenarios.
  • Lay a strong foundation for employment and further educational opportunities.

The single assessment includes:

  • Non-calculator and calculator sections.
  • Topics covering:
    • Use of whole numbers and the number system.
    • Handling information and data.
    • Common measures, shapes, and spaces.

Personal Development

As an apprentice with us, you’ll be part of a training programme that’s not just about skills, but also about your personal growth. We’re dedicated to helping you discover and seize a wide array of opportunities that will engage you and foster your personal development. Our curriculum is carefully structured with clear goals, effective implementation, and a focus on measuring the positive impact on you.

Here’s what our Personal Development curriculum includes, all designed with you in mind:

  • Careers Advice and Guidance: Get the support you need to navigate your career path.
  • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: Learn in an environment that values and embraces diversity.
  • Safeguarding, Prevent and British Values: Understand the importance of safety, respect for others, and the values that make up our society.
  • Citizenship: Discover what it means to be an active, responsible member of the community.
  • Physical Fitness and Healthy Eating: Focus on your physical wellbeing and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Mental Health: Gain insights into maintaining mental wellness and managing stress.
  • Financial Wellbeing: Equip yourself with knowledge to manage your finances effectively.
  • Healthy Relationships: Understand the importance of building and maintaining positive relationships.
  • Staying Safe Online: Learn how to navigate the digital world safely.
  • Recognising and Celebrating Learning and Development: We’ll celebrate your progress and achievements along the way.

This curriculum is not just an add-on; it’s an integral part of your training. We’ll work closely with you and your employer to tailor it to your needs, ensuring that you get the most out of your Apprenticeship experience.

END POINT ASSESSMENT

End-point assessment (EPA) is the final stage of your Apprenticeship. It is an impartial assessment of whether you have developed the skills, knowledge and behaviours outlined in the Apprenticeship Standard.

What does End Point Assessment include?

Your Apprenticeship includes an End-Point Assessment Plan which describes how you should be tested against the appropriate criteria, using suitable methods. For example, you may need to complete:

  • A practical assessment
  • An interview
  • A project
  • A written and/or multiple choice tests
  • A presentation

As part of the induction and agreed Apprenticeship Training Plan, HTP will discuss the End Point Assessment requirements with you and your employer. We will also discuss the expected dates for the End Point Assessment to take place. A separate organisation known as the End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) will independently carry out the assessment process.

HTP will work with you and your employer to:
  • Ensure you engage with your EPAO to understand what is expected of you.
  • Develop mock assessments.
  • Discuss assessment preparation with you during review meetings.
  • Ensure you have study leave and support for assignments.
  • Set out targets that are clearly linked. to the assessment requirements.
  • Provide feedback on formative assignments.
  • Ensure that reasonable adjustments are put in place for the assessment, where agreed and required.
After the Assessment

If you successfully complete your Apprenticeship and pass your Assessment, you’ll be awarded with a certificate.

If you fail one of more components of your End Point Assessment, HTP will discuss with you and your employer what the retake options are and consider a supportive action plan that responds to the feedback provided by the End Point Assessment Organisation.