Apprenticeships (Levels 2 and 3)
We offer them in:
• Business and Administration
• Childcare (nursery and early years)
• Information Technology
• Youth Work (aged 5-18 clubs and youth clubs, informal activities and education).
Our apprenticeship programme is very successful. We are very proud of all our students who have made the commitment to the apprenticeship programme as it really is a great way of getting a skilled career and offering a chance at moving forward.
You work at your own pace, although you will also need to work to the employer/college’s rules.
What are the advantages of an Apprenticeship?
There are two different ways of “being an apprentice.” Bosco works in partnership with employers in both these ways.
One way is being employed in a job, by an employer, being paid as a member of staff, with a minimum wage of £3.30 per hour, being sent to a training provider/college for study of the apprenticeship areas, as well as being assessed "on-the-job" at both college and your place of work. You are contracted as a member of your employer’s staff.
A second way is starting from the training provider/college, studying the same programme and moving into work experience/internship with a supportive employer placement where you will hopefully becoming a member of their staff. This way you are not seen as an employee but a potential employee.
In today’s climate it is difficult to get paid employment. However, whether in paid employment or through a work placement/internship, the apprenticeship 'pathway' is a very good way to gain an education. You gain the practical experience and learning at the same time or very closely set together. For example; you study the material to become a good childcare practitioner, and at the same time you get the practice and the day-to-day planning, that goes on in a nursery or early years setting. The same goes for Youth Work/Business Administration/IT. It's all about practical and theory going together where you're learning and trying it out...learning from your mistakes but in a supportive environment.
Getting qualified while on the job can mean:
• Your employer gets to know you while you are learning, and hopefully will be impressed.
• The employer will have trained you, and if you have done well, will want to keep you.
• You will have got to know the organisation by learning in it.
• Your pay will increase as you get qualified.
• You get to experience new and different challenges within your work.
• You learn at your own pace and get support when you need it.
• Better job security.