Apprenticeship Courses

Apprenticeship-based training is available for existing members of University staff providing fully funded professional training and development opportunities.

In addition to the courses outlined there is a very wide range of other courses to suit all professional areas. Information on all Apprenticeships can be found on the Find Apprenticeship training website.

The courses listed below are our most popular and will suit staff in many roles and career paths. These courses require a significant commitment to training and assessment from both employees and their managers.

Please make sure before enrolling on an apprenticeship, you and your manager have:

  • read the information on the course you are applying for, and;
  • attended one of the Apprenticeship information sessions.

It is important that before applying you and your manager understand the time commitment required for the training programme.

COURSES

Business Administration: Level 3 Advanced (18 months)

  • This is an Apprenticeship standard which formalises the skills needed for effective administration.
  • Topics covered will include: record and document production; communication; planning and organisation; project management.
  • This course is likely to be suitable for staff in Grades 3 to 5 in roles such as Administration Assistant, Clinical Trials Administration, HR Administration and Personal Assistant.
  • Qualification gained: Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship.
  • This Apprenticeship can be started at any time. It will involve 10 days professional training in the classroom, monthly visits from a work-based assessor and the completion of an end-point assessment consisting of a knowledge test, portfolio-based interview, and a project/improvement presentation.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the professional body for HR professionals. There are two levels of CIPD qualifications currently available through WLD.

CIPD Level 3 Advanced Diploma: (18 months)

  • Candidates for the Level 3 Diploma will typically be delivering front line support to University employees and managers; this could include handling a range of day-to-day queries, using HR systems to keep records and providing HR advice in line with University policies.
  • Topics covered will likely include: understanding organisations and the role of human resources; recording, analysing and using human resources information; resourcing talent; supporting good practice in managing employment relations; good practice in performance and reward management.
  • This course is likely to be suitable for staff in Grades 3 to 5 in roles such as HR Assistant or HR Administrator.
  • Qualification gained: CIPD Level 3 Diploma in Human Resource Practice.

All of the CIPD qualifications currently have a fixed start date around the start of the academic year and involve weekly day release during term time (approx. 36 days per year). This is supplemented with an additional 3 hours independent study per week. Candidates will be required to complete an end point assessment and will receive 3 to 6 months one to one support to prepare for this.


CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management (18 to 24 months)

  • Individuals in this role will use their HR expertise to provide and lead the delivery of HR solutions to business challenges, together with tailored advice to the business in a number of HR areas, typically to mid-level and senior managers. They will have a good grounding across the whole range of HR disciplines.
  • They will often be required to make decisions and recommendations on what the business can/should do in a specific situation. They will be influencing managers to change their thinking as well as bringing best practice into the organisation. They are also likely to lead the people related elements of business or HR projects. Whatever their role, they will need to link the work they do to the context and priorities of the business. In a larger organisation they may be one of a team supporting the business and they may also have responsibility for managing people.
  • Topics covered will likely include: understanding the organisation; business and HR key performance indicators and metrics; developing and delivering HR solutions; influencing leaders and managers to adopt appropriate solutions; interpretation and application of HR policies and processes; researching, analysing and presenting business data; building effective working relationships with business managers. As part of the course you will also specialise in one of the following areas: core HR; resourcing; total reward; organisational development or HR operations.
  • This course is likely to be suitable for staff in Grades 5 to 7 in roles such as HR Officer, HR Advisor, HR Administrator or Manager.
  • Qualification gained: CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management.

 

All of the CIPD qualifications currently have a fixed start date around the start of the academic year and involve weekly day release during team time. (Approx. 36 days per year). This is supplemented with an additional 3 hours independent study per week. Candidates will be required to complete an end point assessment and will receive as part of the course, 3 to 6 months one to one support to prepare for this.

The AAT is one of the UK’s leading qualification and membership bodies for practical finance and accounting training. These qualification focus on training those working in a finance role to keep financial records and prepare accounts.


Assistant Accountant Advanced Apprenticeship (AAT) Level 3: (24 months)

  • With this qualification you will master more complex accounting disciplines.
  • Topics covered will include: financial processes; advanced bookkeeping; final accounts and ethical practices for accountants. If you successfully complete this qualification, you can apply for AAT associate bookkeeping membership and achieve professional AATQB status.
  • This course is likely to be suitable for staff in Grades 4 to 6 in roles such as Assistant Accountant, Trainee Accounting Technician, Accounts Clerk, Cashier, Finance Assistant, Purchase Ledger Clerk, Sales Ledger Clerk.
  • Qualification gained:
    • Apprenticeship Standard for Assistant Accountant
    • Level 2 AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting
    • Level 3 AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting
    • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths
  • This qualifications currently has a fixed start date around the start of the academic year and involves weekly day release during team time. (Approx. 36 days per year). This is supplemented with an additional 6 hours independent study per week. The course will also include completion of a training log, portfolio of work based evidence, and an end point assessment.

AAT Professional Accounting / Tax Technician Level 4: (18 – 24 months)

  • The purpose of this qualification is to enhance the skills developed in the advanced level.
  • Topics covered will include higher level accounting tasks such as: drafting financial statements; managing budgets and evaluating financial performance, as well as optional specialist units including business tax; personal tax; external auditing and credit management and cash and treasury management. Once you’ve passed, you’ll automatically become an AAT affiliate member, and if you have relevant work experience you can qualify for AAT full professional membership.
  • This course is likely to be suitable for staff in Grades 5 to 7 in roles such as Assistant Auditor, Assistant Management Accountant, Assistant Financial Accountant, Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor, Commercial Analyst, Payroll Manager, Senior Bookkeeper, Senior Financial Officer, Tax Investigations Officer, Personal Tax Assistant and Business Tax Assistant.
  • Qualification gained: Apprenticeship standard in Professional Accounting and Level 4 AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting.
  • This qualification has a fixed start date around the start of the academic year and involve weekly day release during team time. (Approx. 36 days per year). This is supplemented with an additional 9 hours independent study per week. It will also include completion of a training log, portfolio of work based evidence, and an end point assessment.

Accounting and Taxation Professional Level 7: (36 - 39 months)

Accountancy or taxation professionals provide financial information and advice to organisations of all types and sizes; from owner managed businesses to multi-national organisations; from private enterprises to public sector institutions, from entrepreneurs to charities. Examples of roles as an Accountancy or taxation professional include, but are not limited to, Financial accountant, Management accountant, Tax accountant, Tax adviser, Tax specialist, External auditor, Internal auditor, Financial analyst, Management consultant, Forensic accountant and Business advisor.

Completion of the Accountancy or taxation professional apprenticeship will result in eligibility to apply for membership of one or more of the UK professional Bodies below, 

  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

For more information, see the Accounting and Taxation Professional Standard here.

 

Customer Service Diploma: Level 3 Advanced (12 months)

  • Topics covered include: understanding of customer service; understanding of the rules that impact on improvements in customer service; organise the delivery of reliable customer service; exceed customer expectations; support customer service improvements
    and monitor the quality of customer service interactions
  • This course is likely to be suitable for staff working at any Grade in a role where customer service forms a major part of their responsibility.
  • Qualification gained: OCR Level 3 Diploma in Customer Service.
  • This qualification has several start dates throughout the year. It will involve 10 days professional training in the classroom, monthly visits from a worked based assessor, completion of an NVQ portfolio of work based evidence.

Team Leader/Supervisor: Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship (18 months)

  • Focusing on developing the sense of responsibility and leadership that are required to be a successful team leader or line manager, this training is ideal for those who are new to management or already have a little supervisory
    experience but have had no formal training.

  • Topics covered will include a broad range of management skills including change management; how to develop and grow your team and developing your skills in performance management and recruitment.

  • This Apprenticeship is likely to be suitable for staff in Grade 5 or 6 (but could include others in higher grades who are new to management) in roles that involve some or all of the following:  planning work and setting team
    targets; giving feedback and monitoring progress towards targets; briefing teams; managing team members; solving problems and project management.

  • You will be able to start this apprenticeship at various points throughout the year. It will involve 10 days professional training in the classroom, monthly visits from a work-based tutor and the completion of a portfolio of evidence.
    Candidates will be required to complete an end point assessment.

  • On completion, you can choose to register as an Associate member with the Chartered Management Institute and/or the Institute of Leadership & Management, to support professional career development and progression

  • Further details here 


Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship: Level 6 Standard (48 months)

  • A Chartered Manager is someone who can take responsibility for people, projects, operations and/or services to deliver long term organisational success, with the professional recognition of their ability to deliver impact, behave ethically
    and demonstrate their commitment to continual learning and development.
  • Qualification gained: Level 6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship Standard and BA (Hons) Business, Management and Communications
  • This qualification has a September start date. It will involve day release training in the classroom. Candidates will be required to complete an end point assessment.

MBA Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship: Level 7 (24 - 36 months)

  • A leader is someone who has senior management responsibility, and this can include formal governance/director responsibilities. They are responsible for direction and vision, providing a clear sense of purpose and driving strategic
    intent. They take into account market trends and environmental influences, identifying longer-term opportunities and risks. Through inclusive leadership, they are responsible for developing ethical, innovative and supportive cultures
    with the ability to deliver results.
  • Professional strategic leaders in the private, public or third sector and all sizes of organisation, who lead, manage and direct organisations.
  • Successful apprentices will achieve a master's degree in management

Associate Project Manager: Level 4 Advanced (18 Months)

  • Topics covered include: principles of project management; agile project management; business case and investment appraisal; planning risk and quality; running and managing the project; project communication and stakeholder management.
  • This course is likely to be suitable for staff working in grades 4 to 7 in roles such as Junior or Assistant Project Manager, Project Management Support or for any role where project management plays a large part of their role.
  • Qualification gained: Level 4 Higher Associate Project Manager PMQ, (IPMA Level D)
  • This qualifications has several start dates throughout the year. There will be around 30 day’s professional training in the classroom across the course delivered in a ‘block’ release style a week at a time. It will also include monthly visits from
    a work based assessor, completion of a training log, portfolio of work based evidence and an end point assessment.

Software Developer: Level 4 (24 months)

  • The primary role of a software developer is to build and test simple, high-quality code across front end, logic and database layers. A developer will typically be working as part of a larger team, in which they will have responsibility for some of
    the straightforward elements of the overall project. The developer will need to be able to interpret design documentation and specifications. 
  • Typical Job Roles: Web Developer, Application Developer, Mobile App Developer, Games Developer, Software Developer.
  • Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include A levels; a level 3 apprenticeship or other relevant qualification; relevant experience and/or an aptitude test with a focus on functional maths.

Technician Scientist: Level 5 (36 months)

  • Carrying out established laboratory based investigations and basic scientific experimentation using bench and instrumentation techniques
  • Typically candidates will have grade C or above in at least five GCSE’s, including English, maths and a science subject and hold relevant level 3 qualifications providing the appropriate number of UCAS points for entry to a level 5 HE programme. 
  • Higher National Diploma or a Foundation Degree in a science or technology discipline relevant to the job role.

Training provider(s): CSR Scientific Training or University of Kent

Engineering Fitter: Level 3

The broad purpose of the occupation is to produce complex high value, low volume components or assemblies in full or part, using machines, equipment or systems, to the required specification.

Typical job titles include: Controls and systems fitter, Electrical fitter, Electronic fitter, Instrumentation fitter, Mechanical fitter, Pipe fitter

Training provider: Abingdon & Witney College

Engineering Manufacturing Technician: Level 4

This occupation is found in large and small engineering and manufacturing organisations providing products and services throughout a wide range of sectors.

Typical job titles include: Manufacturing engineer quality, Manufacturing production engineer, Manufacturing procurement engineer, Quality engineer, Costing engineer, Test and commissioning engineer, Installation engineer, Process engineer, Production support engineer

Training provider: Abingdon & Witney College

Arborist: Level 2 (24 months)

  • The work of an arborist involves diverse activities such as chainsaw work, aerial tree work, pruning, dismantling and using appropriate machinery such as brushwood chippers. Arborists can work for local authorities, private companies and many
    are also self- employed. Tree work can be physically demanding and involves working outdoors in all weathers. An arborist will undertake aerial tree work but may also be ground-based. They do a range of tree work jobs with indirect supervision.
    They are capable of supporting the tree work team across a range of basic technical skills.

The following Certificates of Competence are included:

  • Level 2 award in emergency first aid at work (specialised for the tree care industry).
  • Level 2 award in safe use of brushwood chipper.
  • Traffic Management (NRSWA Unit 002 Signing, Lighting and Guarding) OR Sector Scheme 12D.
  • Level 2 award in chainsaw maintenance.
  • Level 2 award in crosscutting timber using a chainsaw.
  • Level 2 award in felling and processing trees up to 380mm.
  • Level 2 award in accessing a tree using a rope and harness.
  • Level 3 award in aerial tree rescue operations.
  • Level 3 award in aerial cutting of trees using free fall techniques.
  • Level 2 award in safe use of mobile elevated work platform.
  • Level 3 award in use of a chainsaw from a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP).

Horticulture Operative: Level 2 (18 months)

Many businesses will be specialised in their activities, such as grounds maintenance (soft-landscape) or landscape construction (hard-landscape). Soft- landscaping includes the establishment and maintenance of plants and cultivated areas. Hard-landscaping includes establishment of hard surfaces and structures in addition to the establishment of plants in cultivated areas.

Delivery model:

  • Work-based training with your employer
  • Approximately 12 on-site assessment visits per year
  • 14 days college attendance to complete Horticulture Principles and Practice course
  • 2 days college attendance to complete Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid course
  • 2 days college attendance to complete Level 2 PA1 Pesticides course
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English (7 days at college for each, if required)
  • Off the job training will count for at least 20% of an apprentice’s time at work

Qualifications included:

  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths
  • Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid
  • Level 2 PA1 Pesticides

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