Home > Study & Qualifications > The Apprenticeship Provider: College Relationship

The Apprenticeship Provider: College Relationship

By: Emma Jones - Updated: 30 Jun 2015 | comments*Discuss
 
The Apprenticeship Provider: College Relationship

Apprenticeships are a unique way of learning as they provide the opportunity to work, earn a wage and train on the job as well as study at college. Both the apprenticeship provider or employer, and the college have important roles and need to complement each other to provide the best programme.

If they can work together to make sure that the apprentice is being taught relevant college courses and being able to practically apply it at work, then they will produce the best results.

Forging a Relationship

Once an employer has decided that they want to offer an apprenticeship, there is a lot of help and guidance available to them. They will be given the resources to set up a good training programme and decide how best to integrate their apprentice into their company.

There will be specific college courses that will link to particular industries and job roles and links will be forged with these college providers. Colleges understand how apprenticeships work and can work with the employer to make sure the candidates get the most out of it all.

Employer Commitments

When an employer decides to offer an apprenticeship they have to make a commitment to train and nurture their apprentice. If the employer does not put effort into offering a structured training plan and support, then the apprentice will not be able to make the most of their potential.

Employers need to take advantage of the help and resources that are on offer to them and make sure the apprentice had the opportunity to practically apply what they are learning at college.

College Commitments

Colleges already have the commitment to provide the best teaching to their students and guide them through their courses. This continues to apply to apprentices but with the added element that their college work should relate to what they are learning on the job.

They need to be able to show the relevance and how the apprentice can practically apply it to their work. Any written work or course work should tie in with their job role and draw on the skills they are learning from their employer.

Working Together

During an apprenticeship, both the employer and college need to work together to provide the best possible training. There programmes should complement each other and draw on what the apprentice is learning in each environment.

The employer needs to be willing to allow the apprentice time off to study and should liaise with the college over what is needed. If either faculty think the apprentice is struggling or could do with more help then they should work together to provide this.

Being able to learn in two different environments that complement each other is a great aspect of apprenticeships. To make this run smoothly, the employer and college need to work together. Employers need to have training in place that complements what the apprentice is learning at college.

While the college needs to show the apprentice how what they are learning in the classroom can be practically applied. If either of them notices that an apprentice is falling behind they should both pull together to help them

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
This is a question more than a comment, an apprentice for who I am the assessor has decided to leave his present employer as soon as his apprenticeship is complete. His employer is asking him to repay all his wages for the days he attended college, can he legally do this? Cheers, Michael Taylor
mike - 30-Jun-15 @ 4:36 PM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • Bouncydream
    Re: Your Rights as an Apprentice
    I’m under 18, in a hairdressing apprenticeship. I am booked out for a hour break each day from Tuesday to Friday. Often I am made…
    22 October 2018
  • phatima
    Re: Wages and Funding for Apprentices
    Hi....I'm 19 an hoping to start an apprenticeship soon as I'm already doing a pre apprenticeship course that will end in mid…
    22 October 2018
  • Lilly
    Re: Making an Apprentice Redundant
    Hi my son who is 19 and has disabilities and is in the middle of an apprenticeship came home last week to say that he had been…
    22 October 2018
  • Shaz
    Re: Making an Apprentice Redundant
    Hi my son is 16 he started a 2year apprentership this year and has now been laid off due to no work he is trying to get a job…
    22 October 2018
  • Lilly
    Re: Making an Apprentice Redundant
    Hi my son who is 19 and had disabilities works as an apprentice in a garage came home last week to say he had been given two…
    22 October 2018
  • Fifi
    Re: Making an Apprentice Redundant
    Just after some advise my daughter has come home today saying that the company she has an apprenticeship with is releasing her…
    19 October 2018
  • Kezz
    Re: Wages and Funding for Apprentices
    My child has been working in a hair salon for around two months now but has just started hairdressing college, she has been…
    16 October 2018
  • Mike Greenfingers
    Re: Health and Safety for Apprentices
    Hi my son started an apprentice yesterday. After an interview at a pub he got the position started at 0600 and was picked up…
    16 October 2018
  • Zolt
    Re: Working Hours and Holidays
    Hi, What can I do if I want to work more than 48 hours as an apprentice and the normal staff is allowed to do it? Can I opt out from…
    13 October 2018
  • Annie
    Re: Health and Safety for Apprentices
    My daughter turned 19 on the 8th September 2018. She is a 2nd year apprentice. She is querying her pay as she was only paid…
    12 October 2018