Apprenticeships

What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships have been introduced to meet the needs of both young people and business.

They offer quality work-based training as an alternative to full time study, leading to nationally recognised qualifications for well-motivated young people.

Apprenticeships are available to learners of all ages and benefit from Funding from the Skills Funding Agency. In some cases, this is topped up by a small employer contribution. Tigers Training works in partnership with West Berkshire Consortium to provide the appropriate funding for your apprenticeship. Apprentices must be working a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant childcare setting.

Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to gain skills and nationally recognised Childcare qualifications sought by employers throughout the Childcare sector. They are available at two levels, Intermediate Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships, and we encourage progression to Advanced Apprenticeships where appropriate.

Throughout your Apprenticeship you will have the support of a member of Tigers Training Team and be assigned an Assessor who will guide you through your qualification.

Level 2 Apprenticeship – The Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (EYP)

This is made up of the following components:

  • The Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner Qualification
  • Level 1 functional skills or equivalent in English and Maths

In addition to these components, employers are responsible for the achievement of:

  • 12 hours Paediatric First Aid Certificate
  • Food Hygiene Certificate

All components of the Apprenticeship Standard must be completed to achieve the Apprenticeship Standard Certificate

Course Delivery, Assessment and Duration

The course will last approximately one year. Apprentices must be employed in a childcare setting and be released from the workplace to attend regular training sessions for three academic terms to complete the Apprenticeship. In addition to this Learners will meet with their Assessor monthly to plan and carry out work-based assessment. You will also attend training sessions at West Berkshire Training Consortium. You will complete a range of online training which covers all aspects of childcare working practice.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for the Level 2 Apprenticeship, however it is expected that all Learners will have a good level of English and Maths to complete the Apprenticeship Standard. These skills will be assessed at induction.

Level 3 Apprenticeship – Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

The Level 3 Apprenticeship is made up of the following components:

  • The Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) Qualification

In addition to these components, employers are responsible for the achievement of:

  • 12 hours Paediatric First Aid Certificate
  • Food Hygiene Certificate

All components of the Apprenticeship Standard must be completed to achieve the Apprenticeship Standard Certificate.

Course Delivery, Assessment and Duration

The course will last approximately 12-18 months. Apprentices must be employed in a child are setting and be released from the workplace to attend regular training sessions for 3 academic terms to complete the Apprenticeship. In addition to this Learners will meet with their Assessor monthly to plan and carry out work-based assessment. You will also attend training sessions at West Berkshire Training Consortium. You will complete a range of online training which covers all aspects of childcare working practice.

Entry Requirements

Learners are expected to have a minimum of GCSE grade 4(C) or above in English and Maths or equivalent qualifications e.g. Functional Skills level 2 to enter the Early Years Educator course. Learners who have not yet achieved this are expected to do so before completing their apprenticeship. Failure to complete English and Maths to this level whilst studying childcare will affect employment at level 3.