This apprenticeship is a combined knowledge and competency based qualification, ideal for new team leaders who want to develop themselves as leaders and managers. It provides apprentices with the opportunity to learn and implement the core skills needed in today’s dynamic business environment.
GCSE grades A-D (9-3) in English and Maths or the equivalent are desirable.
You will be required to attend an interview before enrolling on this course.
In addition to good literacy and numeracy skills, you will need to be well motivated and self disciplined.
You must be willing to use and maintain an e-portfolio of evidence.
The units in this qualification focus on the essential skills learners need to develop as team leaders. There are five mandatory units, looking at the principles of team leading and management, workplace communication, understanding business and personal development.
Plus there is a wide selection of optional units to build management skills in a variety of areas such as customer service, health and safety and performance management.
The apprenticeship also includes:
Functional Skills at Level 1 in Mathematics, English and ICT (if applicable)
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (embedded within the qualification)
Employment Rights and Responsibilities (delivery method to be agreed with your assessor - it could be embedded within your main qualification or may be an additional unit.)
For the vocational element of your apprenticeship, you will be assessed on the job, using a range of methods including the production of evidence such as case histories, work products, questions, witness testimonies, professional discussion and observations. These will be uploaded into an electronic portfolio.
You may need to attend the College on a day release/block release basis in order to achieve your Functional Skills. This will be evidenced through the completion of end tests in each subject.
You could consider further study with an Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Administration or Management or continue advancing your career within supervisory and management roles.
While she was at school, Alison Biskup was academically gifted enough to be identified as a potential university student. But there was a drawback – going to university was the last thing she wanted to do.
She wanted to find a job. Derby College has helped her realise that dream. Alison, 19, from Long Eaton, dropped out of sixth form college after a year, having completed four AS Levels.
Through Derby College she found an opportunity to become an apprentice case administrator at growing Derby business Create Finance.
Now she is working towards her NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration at Derby College, having already passed Level 2 during her year as an apprentice.
Alison has been taken on as full-time administrator, and has seen her responsibilities grow as she gains more experience. Her role involves working one-to-one with a Create Finance Mortgage broker, looking after documentation and handling calls.
In the future Alison intends to either become a mortgage broker herself or become an expert in mortgage-based administration. She is aiming to take her industry recognised CeMAP qualifications.
Riverside Chambers-based Create Finance was launched in August 2015 by Derby men Gindy Mathoon, who attended Derby Moor Community College and Karl Yeoman, who went to Allestree Woodlands, along with Pete Mugleston who is originally from Nuneaton.
The business has grown to employ 26 people, including the three directors. Gindy said Alison has been with the company for nearly two years and is a very popular member of the team, who gets her work done effectively and with minimal supervision.
He said: "Derby College sources suitable candidates who potentially have the right qualities to work for Create Finance. The administrators are the backbone of the business and without high quality administration we can't grow as a business. We're expanding gradually, and our link with Derby College has allowed us to progress."
Derby College is really good for me. At school I was always encouraged to go to university but it's not something I wanted to do. Really, I just wanted to go out and earn my own living and Derby College has helped me do that. Once I've completed my college courses, I'd like to do my industry CeMAP exams. I'd love to be a broker – either that or become amazing in administration and be somebody who knows all about mortgages.