Article summary: Eight PETA engineering apprentices have passed their End Point Assessments (EPA) with flying colours, despite completing the majority of their training amidst the pandemic.
The apprentices, who completed the Engineering Operative Level 2 award, had to adapt their learning when the pandemic hit last year, but PETA went above and beyond to ensure that their training was able to continue through a combination of socially distanced on-site training and virtual learning.
The apprentices started their apprenticeships between April and October 2020, with much of the practical training taking place at PETA’s Havant-based engineering centre as well as at each learner’s employment premises.
The eight apprentices took their EPAs in June which involved them completing a two-hour practical workplace observation and a live 1-1 interview with a LGRWC Assessor.
PETA Engineering Training Manager Sandra Broad said:
“This is a fantastic achievement! All eight apprentices passing their EPAs under extremely challenging circumstances is a testament to their hard work as well as to the dedication of the engineering training team, who adapted quickly to the changing situation to continue to deliver the first-class training provision that PETA is known for.”
The Engineering Operative Level 2 apprenticeship is 15 months in duration and is an entry level training programme for those starting out in an engineering operations career. It is ideally suited to school and college leavers or those looking for a change in career direction.
PETA apprenticeships are offered in a range of topics but each apprenticeship is individually tailored to suit the specific company and role to ensure that employers are able to train their new staff member(s) to do the specific role they’ve been employed to do. This makes each apprenticeship bespoke and PETA always works closely with employers to make sure they get everything they need from the apprenticeship.
As well as learning to fulfil their roles, the eight apprentices also gained a number of other qualifications along the way including the EAL Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations (Skills) and the EAL Level 2 Certificate in Engineering Operations (Knowledge).
Engineering Operations apprentices gain a wide variety of knowledge and skills throughout their training. These include communication and interpersonal skills, understanding organisational health and safety regulations, commercial considerations relating to their role, identifying potential problems or risks, selecting and using appropriate tools, equipment and materials, and working efficiently and effectively at all times.
All PETA engineering apprentices receive:
An induction to the programme to explain how the apprenticeship works
Block or day release training at our Training Centre to help build knowledge and skills
Training in the workplace to learn the job role and to become part of the team
Regular progress reviews to aid development and keep on track to successful completion
PETA apprenticeships can be started at any time throughout the year meaning there’s no waiting around for periodic ‘start dates’; which enables employers to recruit an apprentice and get them started on their training straight away, which is a big advantage.
Now’s a great time to take on an apprentice!
If you take on and sign up an apprentice by 30 September 2021, you may be entitled to a payment of £3,000. This will be in addition to the £1,000 payment provided for new apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan, meaning that some employers could receive £4,000 in total per apprentice.
The bonus can be spent on anything to support your organisation’s costs such as uniforms, your apprentice’s travel or their salary and it does not need to be paid back. Apprenticeships are a great way for employers to take on new staff, providing opportunities for growth during even the most challenging financial periods.
Why employ an apprentice?
You’ll receive the incentive payment
Plug skills gaps created by COVID
If the pandemic has impacted your business, you may have had to make changes to navigate the challenges which may have resulted in skills gaps. An apprenticeship could enable you to gain the skills that your business currently lacks.
Shape your business for the future
By investing in an apprentice, you can weave new skills into your business and take advantage of a fresh perspective. You can tailor an apprenticeship specifically to your business and train your new employee to suit your business needs.
The training might not cost you a penny
Thanks to the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, and the Co-funded models for smaller businesses, 95% to 100% of the apprentice training costs will be government-funded.
You’ll be creating a job (or jobs) at a time when unemployment is high
According to ONS figures released on 23 March, the UK unemployment rate stands at 5% - the highest figure for five years - and equates to 1.7 million people being out of work.
Find out more about recruiting an apprentice and the range of apprenticeships we offer. Our friendly, knowledgeable apprenticeship team is on hand to answer any questions or run through your options, so please get in touch.
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