Being an apprentice means an element of your job includes gaining a nationally recognised qualification and essential training and skills while working and earning a wage. This work-based learning programme has been designed by experts at Sector Skills Councils (SSC) based on the requirements of employers.
An Apprenticeship is a set of four separate qualifications called a ‘framework’. You will need to successfully complete all parts to achieve your Apprenticeship:
Apprenticeships are available across a range of sectors and at levels to suit all abilities. They improve your skills, measure your capabilities and provide you with a qualification which employers really value.
In previous years, apprenticeships were only available to school leavers and young people but in August 2007 the government introduced an initiative to also offer them to those over the age of 25.
Apprenticeships are also available to those already in employment. They can help to build on and update your skills and knowledge while working towards a nationally recognised qualification that will be valuable to you and your employer.
Apprenticeships used to be associated with school or college-leavers taking their first steps toward learning a trade. While this is still often the case, they are now also open to people who have been in work for a number of years.
This Apprenticeship framework, ranging from Intermediate to Advanced level, has been designed with the help of employers to attract new people into the Facilities Management (FM) sector and to upskill the existing workforce with recognised qualifications. Facilities Management involves providing a quality and cost-effective maintenance and care service for a wide range of commercial and public buildings, such as hotels, hospitals, office and shopping complexes, arenas, educational or convention centres. Facilities Operatives/Managers make sure that facilities such as security, catering and cleaning (known as ‘soft services’) and maintenance and building services (known as ‘hard services’) run smoothly, so that customers can operate their businesses efficiently. The sector is also responsible for property and estates management, including energy management and environmental protection.
If you are currently employed and seeking to upskill within your company, an apprenticeship should be something for you to consider.