What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a combination of working, studying and earning a wage. Each apprenticeship programme is different. Generally, you will attend a college from 1 day a week, every week, or on block release every other month for up to 5 days at a time. The apprentice will also work 30 hours per week for their employer. You will work alongside your employer who will provide ‘on the job’ training and pay you an agreed salary. The work element of an apprenticeship is a real job; therefore you will need to be ready for employment and demonstrate professionalism at all times.





FloorSkills Apprenticeships


FloorSkills Funded apprenticeships are open to anyone of any age and any experience level. FloorSkills apprenticeships offer up to 30 days practical training at the training centre located in Solihull, near Birmingham. FloorSkills apprenticeships work on block release every other month. FloorSkills opted for this type of apprenticeship over 1 day per week apprenticeships as we feel it is impossible for an apprentice to attend for only 1 day per week and be able to complete a full installation. FloorSkills apprentices have to prepare their own area and see through the whole process of what they are learning each time they visit FloorSkills. WE DO NOT pre-prepare areas or part install areas for the students; hence we need more than 1 day at a time with the apprentice. The FloorSkills apprenticeship runs over a period of 18 months, the first 12 months (approximately) will be at the FloorSkills Training Centre undertaking practical training. After approximately 12 months the apprenticeship moves onto the on-site assessment phase.


 FloorSkills has two types of Apprenticeships to choose from-

 ·         Textile & Impervious Flooring
 ·         Wood Flooring
(Please see schedules below for what the apprentice will be covering while at the training centre)
 
Apprentices work towards gaining the following Qualifications-
 
 ·         Level 2 NVQ Diploma
 ·         Level 2 Technical Certificate
 ·         Level 1 and/or Level 2 Functional Skills Certificates (Textile & Impervious apprenticeship only)
 ·         Employer Rights and Responsibilities Certificate
 ·         PLTS Certificate


Apprenticeship Funding and how it works

 
FloorSkills has two different funding options available, depending on which apprenticeship you decide suits you best (Textile & Impervious Floorcoverings OR Wood Flooring)  Please note that to claim Funding / Grants the apprentice has to be EMPLOYED

Find out about CITB apprenticeship grants here


Textile & Impervious Apprenticeship Funding –

FloorSkills will help apply for funding to cover training costs for apprentices. This is paid directly to the organisation that provides and supports the apprenticeship - in most cases the learning provider.
 
The criteria for funding  depends on their sector , age of the candidate and previous qualifications:
 
Aged- 16 to 18 - 100% of cost paid (Full Funding)
Aged- 19 to 23 -  50% of cost paid (Part Funding)
Aged- 24+        -  25% of cost paid (Part Funding)


 
Previous Qualifications Limit For Funding – (MUST NOT HAVE)
 
·         BTEC HNC/HND
·         NVQ Level 4 or above (in any other trade)
·         Foundation Degree
·         Teaching Qualification / PGCE
 
 
Employers may also be eligible for a £1,500 apprenticeship grant on top of the training grant (see above) for use towards travel costs , hotel expenses etc.  These grants may vary in some areas. We will advise employers when this is the case.


Wood Flooring Apprenticeship Funding –

FloorSkills will help apply for your grant to fully cover the cost of the apprenticeship training while at FloorSkills. (Full Funding)
The grant is available for registered CITB companies (FloorSkills will help you become CITB registered). The grant is available for ANY AGE group. The Funding / Grant is paid directly to the employer one quarter in arrears, the training provider will invoice the employer direct the course fees on a monthly basis.

 
The criteria for funding depends on their sector, age of the candidate and previous qualifications:
 
                 ANY AGE GROUP 100% of cost paid (Full Funding)
 
Previous Qualifications Limit For Funding – (MUST NOT HAVE)
 
·         2x NVQ Level 2
·         1x NVQ Level 3 or above
 
Employers may also be eligible for an additional apprenticeship grant on top of the training grant (see above) for use towards travel costs , hotel expenses etc. The apprentice has to be over the age of 19 for the additional grant.


Apprenticeship Schedule *

 Textile & Impervious Apprenticeship
 
·         Week 1 (3 Days) - Induction, H+S, ERR, Subfloor Preparation
·         Week 2 (2 Days) - Textile Installation
·         Week 3 (4 Days) - LVT Installation
·         Week 4 (4 Days) - Textile Installation
·         Week 5 (5 Days) - Safety Flooring, Cushion Flooring,  Functional Skills
·         Week 6 (2 Days) - Quotes, Customer Relations, Building Construction
·         Week 7 (4 days) -  End tests (Practical and online)
·         Up to 6 Additional days training if required.
·         OSAT – Onsite assessment process commences.
·         (Additional site visits will be carried out through the apprenticeship)
·         Complete
 
Wood Flooring Apprenticeship
 
·         Week 1 (4 Days) - Induction, H+S, ERR, Subfloor Preparation
·         Week 2 (2 Days) - Strip,  Plank Installation
·         Week 3 (3 Days) - Wood Block (Herringbone), Border Work Installation
·         Week 4 (3 Days) - Estimating, Wood Science, Bespoke Design Work
·         Week 5 (2 Days) - Sports Floors Installation
·         Week 6 (4 Days) - Sand + Seal , Floor Repairs, Finishes
·         Week 7 (2 Days) - Stairs Installation
·         OSAT – Onsite assessment process commences
·         (Additional site visits will be carried out through the apprenticeship)
 

*Please note that the Schedule is a guide only.  Different Apprenticeship groups can run at different speeds dependent on previous experience an apprentice might have. Due to this the schedule ‘may’ change to suit the apprentice’s speed and skill levels.  Apprenticeship groups may also change as we try to merge apprentices into groups with similar speed and skill levels.


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