CALAT Croydon Adult Learning and Training

Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a training programme where learning takes place both in the workplace and in the classroom.

Apprentices are paid the National Minimum Apprenticeship Wage, but many employers pay more.

CALAT can help if you’re:

Become an apprentice

To become an apprentice you need to be over 16 years old and not in full-time education. There is no upper age limit.

There are two routes to becoming an apprentice:

Start a job as an apprentice

You will be trained in the workplace by your employer and have time off from work to study and gain the qualifications that form part of their apprenticeship programme.

Once you have completed your apprenticeship, you will possess the skills, knowledge and qualifications needed to do your job, as well as valuable work experience. At this stage many apprentices are then offered permanent jobs by their employers and often at a higher level.

Start an apprenticeship in your current job

If you are already employed by a business, you can complete an apprenticeship as part of your professional development in the workplace. This includes higher level apprenticeships.

Subject areas

CALAT can offer you apprenticeships in the following areas:

  • Customer Service L2
  • Business Administration L3
  • Team Leader/Supervisor L3
  • Departmental Manager L5
  • Employability Practitioner L4
  • Teaching Assistant L3
  • Schools Business Professional
  • Children and Young Peoples Workforce (Early Years) L2 & L3
  • Care Worker L2
  • Lead Care Worker L3

How to enrol

To find out more about one of our apprenticeship programmes, please contact: philip.deakin@croydon.gov.uk

You can search for apprenticeship opportunities online.

Employ an apprentice

By recruiting a new apprentice you can train a new member of staff to have all the skills and knowledge they need to do the job you want them to do. Apprentices are enthusiastic and motivated, bringing new ideas and business benefit from their contributions. 

Training existing staff provides them with an opportunity to extend their skills, and gain nationally recognised qualification. It also supports staff wellbeing and inspires loyalty to their workplace.

Apprenticeships are a cost-effective way of providing extensive training programmes to teams.

CALAT can support your business by:

  • carrying out a training needs analysis
  • identifying training that could be delivered free as apprenticeships
  • carrying out initial assessments with your existing staff to identify the appropriate level of apprenticeship
  • supporting you to write job descriptions for new apprentices
  • advertising apprenticeship vacancies for you
  • carrying out initial screening of potential apprentices

Using the Apprenticeship Levy

Business with a payroll over £3 million per year contribute to the Apprenticeship Levy. If you contribute to the levy you can use these funds to pay for apprenticeships for your staff. The levy can be used to train new apprentices that you appoint and it can also be used to train existing staff.

If you want to explore your employees’ potential through our business-driven qualifications and apprenticeships, please contact: philip.deakin@croydon.gov.uk

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