Information for Staff
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Apprenticeship funding has opened up a new route to developing College staff, whatever stage they are at in their careers. Apprenticeship programmes are available across a range of occupations and at a variety of levels, right through to Masters, allowing Imperial staff to gain new skills and qualifications on the job.
An apprenticeship should combine hands-on experience with formal, off-the-job training, so staff should be in a job role that will give them some exposure to the things they are learning about on their course. Apprenticeships last for a minimum of twelve months (although the duration will depend on the programme and the level) and the learner must spend at least 20% of their working hours on ‘off-the-job training’. This might include attending lectures or workshops, practical training and time spent writing assignments. The learner also needs to be working towards an approved apprenticeship standard; funding cannot be used to pay for course fees for a standalone qualification.
Frequently Asked Questions for Staff
What types of programmes are available?
A wide range of apprenticeship programmes are available, from accountancy to project management to surveying, with more being developed all the time. The Institute for Apprenticeships website lists the programmes currently available. Please contact the Apprenticeships Manager to find out whether an apprenticeship is available in an area relevant to you.
Am I eligible?
To be eligible for this type of programmes, learners should:
- Have support from their line manager.
- Be ready to commit to the minimum study requirement and have agreed with their manager how this can be balanced with operational demands.
- Have Maths and English at Level 2 (i.e. GCSE grade A* - C / 9 – 4 or equivalent). If you do not have this, there will usually be an opportunity to complete it as part of the programme.
- Have long enough remaining on their contract of employment to complete the programme.
- In line with Education and Skills Funding Agency rules, staff who are not UK or EEA citizens should already have permission to live and work in the UK for the duration of the programme and should have been ordinarily resident in the UK or EEA for at least three years prior to starting this course.
Training providers may also specifiy additional requirements (e.g. to do a Masters-level apprenticeship, providers may require you to have an honours degree or substantial professional experience).