Learners FAQs

If you’re interested in becoming an apprentice, please take a moment to look through these FAQ’s.
We’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions for you in detail…
What are the basic eligibility requirements to be able to apply for an apprenticeship with Educationwise Academy?
  • You have the right to work in the UK
  • You have lived in the EU for the last 3 years
  • Your highest level of qualification obtained so far should ideally be a level 3 or lower
  • You should not be currently enrolled on an apprenticeship elsewhere
  • You should have a valid passport or birth certificate
Am I old enough to start an apprenticeship?

You need to be 16 to start an apprenticeship.

How long is an apprenticeship?

Our apprenticeship’s can last anywhere from 12 months to 36 months depending on the level standard you choose and all apprenticeships run alongside your work placement (full time job). Please refer to our website or ask one of our programme coordinators for more information on specific apprenticeship duration.

Is a level 3 apprenticeship the same as A levels? I already have A Levels?

A Levels are traditionally theoretical qualifications. The level 3 qualification you would do on an apprenticeship with Educationwise Academy would not be the same. You would be learning a job role at the same time and from this job role, collating real life work evidence or projects to count towards passing your qualification.

Can I do an apprenticeship part-time?

Typically you would be employed for a minimum of 30 hours and usually between Monday to Friday, however this may be subject to change if stated when the employer is advertising the role.

What does Off-The-Job (OTJ) mean?

Off-the-job (OTJ) training is a statutory requirement during your apprenticeship. It is the training, you will recvieve, during your normal working hours, for the purpose of achieving the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the approved apprenticeship you are completing. It is a requirement that you complete at least 20% OTJ during your qualification.

For example: If you were on 30 hours a week, 6 hours of this would be assigned to your OTJ training. The other 24 hours would be where you will learn on-the-job.

How much will I earn?

If you are under 19 you must be paid at least the Apprenticeship Minimum Wage, however many employers pay more than this and the average weekly wage is £200.

If you are 19 after completing the first year of your apprenticeship, you must be paid at least the full National Minimum Wage.

All apprentices are employed, and have a contract of employment. You are counted as a regular employee so get all the benefits such as holiday and sick leave as well.

Can I apply for an apprenticeship without a Maths or English GCSE?

You can apply for an apprenticeship without either an English or Maths GCSE. However if you have not achieved either GCSE (A-C) or Functional skills Level 2 in English, Maths (or ICT for some programmes), you will be required to complete the corresponding Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications alongside your apprenticeship with us.

If you are invited in for a virtual interview with our Programme Coordinator Team, you will need to pass initial assessments in English and Maths regardless of your GCSE results.

How do I apply for an apprenticeship?

We frequently add new opportunities onto our website. We also advertise on other job sites, find a role that is best suited for you and complete the application form! Be sure to think about your answers carefully before you submit your application as it is the first opportunity for our team to get to
know you before you start your apprenticeship journey with us.

Applications will be rejected if they lack detail, or have poor spelling and grammar. So proofread your work before submitting!

How long will it take me to get an apprenticeship?

There is no definitive answer to this! Some people have moved through our process as quickly as a week or so, while others have taken a couple of months to find their match! You do need to be ready and available to start when you apply though (excluding any standard notice period if you are currently working), so finish any exams, courses, long holidays first!

How much does an apprenticeship cost?

You do not have to pay anything to us or your employer during your apprenticeship with Educationwise Academy.

You will be paid a salary by your employer but please be prepared to pay for travel to and from work (if applicable).

What does my Qualification include? How will I be assessed, and will there be exams?

Each apprenticeship is different at end point assessment. Your tutor will discuss the process during your induction but in the meantime you can see how each programme is assessed by visiting our website.

What is an end-point assessment (EPA)?

End-point assessment (EPA) is the final part of your apprenticeship. It is here where an assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSB’s) that you have learned throughout you apprenticeship to confirm that you are occupationally competent.

Think of it a bit like getting your driving licence. The driving instructor (Educationwise Academy’s tutor team) will teach you how to drive (your KSB’s) and the external driving examiner (EPA Organisation) will decide if you are competant.

How is training delivered?

The apprenticeship is a work-based qualification. Your tutor will observe you through weekly teaching sessions virtually or face-to- face and support you in building an apprenticeship portfolio of evidence throughout your programme.

Across the length of an apprenticeship you have teaching sessions every week along with a progress review every 8 – 12 weeks with your employer. Your tutor will also be on hand to offer additional support and 1 to 1’s where needed.

Towards the end of your apprenticeship you will have a meeting with your coach and employer to determine whether you are ready for your End-point Assessment (EPA). The EPA is completed to assess the knowledge, skills and behaviours that you have learnt throughout the apprenticeship.

You will practice parts of the EPA assessment throughout the apprenticeship and you will only take the final assessment when you feel ready. The content of the EPA will vary, depending on the course you are completing.

What do I do when I’ve finished my apprenticeship?

This depends on the contract you have with your employer. If you are on an apprenticeship contract, there may be an opportunity to stay at the same company and progress to the next level apprenticeship.

Many apprentices are hired as permanent team members, so continue their role as normal once completing the apprenticeship. There may also be
an opportunity to progress to the next level apprenticeship this way as well.

I have recently applied for an apprenticeship but haven’t heard back from anyone regarding my application.

You should have received a confirmation of your application being received via the email address provided on your application.

If you have not received this email, please check your junk/other folders to make sure it hasn’t ended up in there!

If you still haven’t received a confirmation email – please email programme coordintator team on admin@educationw-wise.org and they will be able to let you know the progress of your application.

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