An Apprenticeship is a work based learning programme at Level 3 where the leraner is "earning while learning". The programme is ideally suited to employees who have some element of responsibility within their job role. The Apprentice will be employed and receive at least the minimum apprenticeship wage. The Apprentice will have the option to attend college on a day release basis as pre agreed with the training adviser and should achieve the Level 3 Apprenticeship Framework within the agreed timescale.
The Apprenticeship can lead on to permanent employment, Foundation Degree or a Higher Level Apprenticeship programme.
The learner must achieve all of the Core Units as well as additional units. The choice of additional units will be individual to each learner based on what they do in placement.
Learners completing the Advanced Apprenticeship must achieve Unit 317 - establish, monitor and maintain site hygiene and bio-security.
Essential Skills must be achieved in order for a successful completion these are: -
Coursework, assignments, work based observations and work based evidence.
The agriculture industry want the entry requirements for the Advanced Apprenticeship to be flexible, so therefore Training Advisers will undertake an initial interview and learners will complete a basic skills screener in order to ensure they are suited on the correct level whether one, two, three or four. There are eligibility criteria requirements that all potential Apprentices have to fulfil. This is assessed at interview.
These programmes are part financed by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.