What are apprenticeships?

An apprenticeship is a training programme that lasts between 12 and 30 months on average, however, most apprenticeships at Wise Origin College last for between 12 and 18 months. An apprenticeship is designed to provide you with practical, on the job experience and a nationally recognised qualification.

Are apprenticeships all the same?

Apprenticeships come in all different shapes and sizes covering different sectors and levels. It doesn’t matter whether you’re more creative than business-minded or more interested in customer service than working with children. At Wise Origin College we will find an apprenticeship to meet your requirements and contribute to your future success.

Is an apprenticeship for me?

If you have a career path in mind and would rather start work, get paid and learn at the same time, an apprenticeship could be suitable for you. An apprenticeship is a quicker direct approach towards developing the career you want to enter into.

Benefits of an apprenticeship include:

  • Earning a wage while learning
  • Become a valued part of your company
  • Progress into a career and further qualifications
  • Paid holidays as part of your employment rights on the apprenticeship
  • Free training fully funded by the government

Your learner journey

As part of the journey on your apprenticeship, Wise Origin College will fully support your development at every stage. 

  • 1
    Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG)

    Wise Origin College has a team of experts on hand to support you in deciding if an apprenticeship is right for you. They will provide information, advice and guidance on the apprenticeship to ensure you are on the right pathway.

  • 2
    Initial Assessment

    Wise Origin College will conduct a comprehensive assessment to identify any skills gaps and establish the level you are working towards. This is nothing to worry about, we do this to ensure we can best support your individual needs.

  • 3

    All of our apprentices are required to have a full induction onto the apprenticeship. This will cover all areas of the apprenticeship including our commitment to you, the commitment of the employer, the commitment we expect from you as an apprentice, the stages of assessment on the qualification and off the job training.

  • 4
    Functional Skills

    The government requires all apprentices to undertake functional skills if they do not hold functional skills level 2 in English and Maths or equivalent GCSE’s.

  • 5
    Teaching and Learning
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    Progress Reviews

    Throughout the apprenticeship, meetings will be arranged between us as the training provider. The assessor will conduct these meetings to ensure everything is going well and you are being fully supported to ensure you complete your apprenticeship as planned.

  • 6

    The gateway is the end of the training period. This is when the employer signs you off as occupationally competent and ready for the end point assessment. This occurs once all training is completed to meet the specific apprenticeship criteria.

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    End Point Assessment

    Throughout the apprenticeship you will be working towards the End Point Assessment also referred to as the EPA. The purpose of the EPA is to test if you have gained the skills, knowledge and behaviours which are outlined in the apprenticeship standard and explained during the induction process.


  • Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG)

  • Initial Assessment

  • Induction

  • Functional Skills

  • Progress Reviews

  • Gateway

  • End Point Assessment