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What is an apprenticeship?
What is an apprenticeship? Apprenticeships combine employment with government funded training. Employers can bring raw talent into their business whilst accessing government funding, and develop their skills and productivity in line with their business needs. For the apprentice, it provides a structured framework to learn skills that will launch them into the world of work.
A collaborative process
A successful apprenticeship programme requires strong collaboration between:
Apprentice Brings the attitude and drive to start their career, with a willingness to invest time in developing their own skills. They offer a business flexibility, new perspectives and realistic expectations for a low initial investment.
AppsCluster Mobile App Development Apprenticeship Provides sector speicifc training and work-based assessment. Expert recruiters match employers’ needs to apprentices’ skills, saving you time and money. We offer support and consultancy before, during and after the apprenticeship programme.
Employer Pays apprentices’ salary, commits to nurturing the skills of their new staff, and gives support and mentoring for longer term benefits. Gives their apprentice a safe, positive working environment with opportunities to progress.
What is the pre-apprentice work placement?
What is the pre-apprentice work placement?
The work placement is distinct to the 12 months apprenticeship period. The work placement is an opportunity for you to test drive a trainee. There is no obligation to pay or cover expenses.
What if we do not have a live android, iOS product or development?
AppsCluster is working with a wide range of firms from established business to business developers, start ups to well known consumer apps. Companies with no live Android or iOS product will be utilising the work placement to produce or improve their product specification document, or other R&D work.
Does the work placement need to take place in our office?
No the work placement can consists of meetings and the trainee working from home, we feel this option reflects the reality with much of the work in the tech sector.
When will the work placement need to take place?
For companies wishing to take part in Cohort 1 (12 month apprenticeship starting in Feb 2014) the work placement will take place between 2nd of Jan 2014 and 15 Feb 2014. For companies choosing to take part in Cohort 2 (12 Month Apprenticeship beginning in July 2014) the work placement will need to take place in June 2014.
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Why choose AppsCluster?
AppsCluster are the first to offer a accredited training in Android and iOS development covering object oriented programming and Eclipse and Xcode.
We worked closely with employers, entrepreneurs and developers to ensure that the right technical and professional skills are covered in the training.
AppsCluster’s apprenticeship training is structured so that training is front loaded and apprentices progressively increase their working hours as their competency in mobile development develops.
Our apprenticeship programme consists of 30% training and 70% work, one of the highest ratios of training in any apprenticeship programmes.
Front-loaded technical training
Around 75% of all training takes place in the first six months of your apprenticeship – this boosts their productivity faster.
Our trainers are experts in their fields and are part of team dedicated to a narrow focus on the fast changing sector of mobile application development.
AppsCluster always teaches the latest versions of Android and iOS operating systems.
Regular contact from dedicated staff
Once your apprentice has started work, you’ll be given a dedicated support team responsible for looking after your progress.
They will help you:
draw up your training plan
send you advance notice of training weeks
assess your apprentice’s portfolio of work-based training
visit every 6-8 weeks to discuss their work and update their schedule with you
ensure your apprentice achieves the targets you set
Detailed training schedules
We will draw up a training schedule for your apprentice’s learning so you can anticipate
when your apprentice will be away on training
what skills they will be learning
projects you can allocate
when they will achieve their qualification
balancing their course workload with their role
Moving forward – ongoing consultancy
When your programme nears its end, AppsCluster will give you further advice and guidance on how to create a personal development plan for your apprentice’s ongoing role:
wider projects, roles and teams
- Advice on other support and qualifications available
Apprenticeship recruitment service
AppsCluster provides full recruitment support for your apprenticeship.
We work with a network of schools, colleges, careers professionals and recruitment websites to promote your vacancies and build a talent pool of candidates ready to step into work.
We only put forward candidates that show the maturity, attitude and ability to succeed in your business.
Consultancy to identify your roles
- Sifting and shortlisting of CVs
Initial assessment and face to face interviews
Opportunities for you to meet the candidates during their training
Shortlist of final interview candidates
How will an Apprenticeship benefit my business?
Do I have any responsibilities?
Your main responsibility as an employer, is to provide the opportunities for young people to safely achieve the skills and knowledge required for them to be recognised as competent in your industry.
The following list indicates events leading to recruitment of apprentices in 2013-14:
- Your apprentice may be required to attend college one day a week.
- As the employer you will be expected to fully support your employee by giving them tasks which relate to their work role along with time to complete them effectively.
- From time to time the assessor will make appointments with the apprentice and their supervisor to complete reviews, action plans and observations etc.
How will I select an individual to become an Apprentice at my company?
AppsCluster will work closely with you to find a suitable candidate, we can help advertise your vacancy, both on private training providers and on the National Apprenticeship Service website. Once a Job Description and Person Specification is tailored, wee can then select the most suitable applicants for you to interview.
If you already have a candidate in mind, then we can help. Email us with your request at appscourse [a] appscluster.com and we will begin the training process for your staff member.
When will they start? How long will it take?
Apprentices can start at any time during the year. It normally takes no more than a year to complete, but there is flexibility.
Because AppsCluster plans to provide an intensive period of training prior to the apprentice starting his or her role we will coordinate an appropriate time table that balances your needs and the training needs of the apprentice.
How AppsCluster will support you:
To assist you with finding the right people and training them to your requirements, AppsCluster will carry out a large proportion of the process, from promotion and recruitment to training.
We aim that 100% of those who complete the apprenticeship, will achieve qualifications in all required outcomes. This is attributed to a number of factors including the closely scrutinised recruitment process and the continuous assistance offered by AppsCluster throughout the programme.
Recruitment can be a time-consuming and costly process. AppsCluster will ease the burden by providing template Job Descriptions, Job Adverts, Apprentice Contracts and facilitating effective inductions.
All applicants will undergo aptitude tests during the early stages of recruitment. Tests include Numerical, Verbal and Logical Reasoning. Test results indicate suitability for jobs in programming.
Copies of aptitude test results are provided to employers to enable joint shortlisting. Template application forms are supplied to each employer partner prior to interviews, which are carried out by the employer. AppsCluster will also provide template interview questions and scoring sheets
AppsCluster will introduce apprentices to their portfolio and provide all material required to achieving relevant qualifications.
AppsCluster will be responsible for assisting you with your apprenticeship programme and will visit the regularly company every 6 to 8 weeks to monitor progress and deal with any queries that may arise.
How is the Training Funded?
The programme is funded by the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) under ApprenticeshipsNI.
AppsCluster act as an agent in administering and paying out funding to employers on achievement of apprenticeship outcomes.
A grant of up to £2,500 is available for every Apprentice employers take on.
How much will it cost?
The minimum wage for apprentices aged 16-18 is £2.65 per hour. This also applies to those aged 19 and over, in their first year of an apprenticeship. Once your apprentice has completed the first year they then must be paid the standard National Minimum Wage.
Available funding can cover up to 100% of the training costs. For Apprentices aged 16-18 funding levels are more enhanced. Based on government funding priorities employers may be required to make contributions for apprentices aged 18-24. This will be discussed in further detail with you in your first briefing meeting.
There are potential funding opportunities for employers who recruit a new apprentice aged 16-24. For further information about these funding opportunities, please visit the following links:
Will the apprentice be motivated?
What is the content of the training that AppsCluster Provide?
How will they learn?
The programme will be delivered using a variety of methods for learning and assessment. Our aim is to plan a learning program to suit your requirements, utilising a combination of the following methods;
On site training
One to one coaching
Bite sized lessons
On line learning
Taught sessions in College/Training room
How will I know when they are competent at specific tasks?
Assessment can be tailored to suit organisational needs as well as those of the apprentice, utilising a combination of the following methods;
Question and answer
Computer based assessments
Recognition of prior achievement
What will happen when they have completed their Apprenticeship?
On successful completion, the Apprentice can progress within your organisation and or seek further advanced training. AppsCluster’s trained Advice and Guidance advisers will provide support and assistance to Apprentices and Employers.