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‘New’ Apprenticeship Standards – 5 FAQ’s

From May, JTM will be launching new apprenticeship standards in conjunction with our employers. It’s important to understand the main differences between a ‘standard’ and the old apprenticeship ‘framework’. We’ve put together five frequently asked questions to help differentiate the two.

1. What do Standards entail?
Apprenticeships are commonly associated with a practical skillset and application. ‘Standards’ take this one step further, with an equal emphasis on the knowledge our learners develop and the behaviour that our employers require, making for a more ‘well-rounded’ experience for everyone involved. This is known as Knowledge, Skills and Behaviour.

2. Who designs Standards?
The new Apprenticeship Standards have been designed by employer ‘trailblazer’ groups. What may surprise you is that the minimum number of employers needed to design each standard is 10 – this is to ensure the content delivered consistently reflects the industry demands.

3. How are Standards summarised?
The summary for each Standard will be no longer than two pages, making it easier for both employers and learners to understand what is required, and included in the Standard. The most important information such as job role, duration of programme, knowledge, skills, and behaviour and what qualifications are available will be clearly stated in the summary.

4. How are Standards assessed?
Apprenticeship frameworks were achieved through on-programme assessment, which involved the assessor and their learner building a portfolio of work over the duration of the programme. With the new Standards, this has changed to an ‘end-point assessment’, which is carried out at the end of a programme and allows the learner to show everything they have learnt during this time. Each standard will differ, but the most common methods of EPA include; work-based observation, written tests, review of work and professional discussions.

5. Have all Frameworks been replaced?
New Standards are being approved each day as new job roles and skill areas are identified, but there are still frameworks that have not been replaced just yet. The funding for these will continue (albeit reduced). For example; JTM will continue to offer learners and employers Apprenticeship Frameworks in Leadership & Management L5 and Business Administration until a Standard replaces them.

If you have any questions about the new Apprenticeship Standards, please contact us by phone today on 01513369340, by e-mail at or speak to an agent on our live chat.

International Women’s Day!

Today is International Women’s Day, and the campaign theme is ‘Be Bold For Change’.

“International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Yet progress has slowed in many places across the world, so global action is needed to accelerate gender parity. In 2016 leaders across the world pledged to take action as champions of gender parity – not only for International Women’s Day, but for every day. Groups and individuals also pledged their support. In 2017, if leaders are seeking to declare their bold action via the IWD website and show their support for women’s advancement, please see details.”

How does this relate to apprenticeships?

Well, young women are falling short in apprenticeships, being misrepresented, achieving poorer outcomes and being paid less than their male counterparts, according to a report from the Young Women’s Trust charity.

The report suggests that in sector subject areas such as engineering, there are less women making up the numbers than ten years ago. Nadia Khomani, editor at the Guardian states: “For every female apprentice working within engineering, there are 25 male apprentices”.

Click here for more information on The Young Women’s Trust.

One of the main problems is that over 50% of young women apprentices are only interested in five subject areas – the same proportion of young men generally work across ten areas. There are also a greater number of women to men who do not secure full-time employment after their apprenticeship. In 2016, Mike Thompson, director of apprenticeships at Barclays, labelled the findings “worrying”.

Jarvis Training Management are a proud advocate of equality and diversity and would like to invite you all to celebrate #InternationalWomensDay with us.

For more information on our apprenticeships, courses or training, contact us today on 01513369340, e-mail at or speak to an agent on our live chat!

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National Careers Week!

This week is National Careers Week! Bringing training providers, students and employers together through a range of activities and events until Friday 10th March.

Founded by volunteers with experience in business, education and careers advice, this week is to celebrate educational achievements and give employers the exposure they deserve.

National Careers Week is encouraging NHS organisations to promote the service and raise young people’s awareness in schools, colleges and training centres across the country.

This is also an opportunity for employers to showcase the success stories of apprentices that have successfully gained employment through themselves.

More importantly, this week is to raise awareness on how important good careers education is in schools and colleges nationally, and this is something JTM are proud to be a part of.

It’s also National Apprenticeship Week, so if you’d like to find out more about the apprenticeships, courses or training we provide, get in touch by phone on 01513369340, by e-mail at or speak to an agent on our live chat!

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Key Info when Applying for an Apprenticeship

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You may be a school or college leaver, or just interested in a new career path. If that’s the case, then why not apply for an Apprenticeship with JTM?

Our apprenticeship and traineeship programmes are offered to young individuals looking to break into the industry. We’re here to provide you with some key information in applying for one of our programmes, and hopefully make your decision easier!

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Many of you may be unsure what sector you’d like to work in. JTM offer a wide variety of subject areas such as: Customer Service; IT; Business Administration; Childcare; ILM; Teaching Assistant and more to ensure we have something available for everyone. We also offer Employability Skills training for those looking to start work. If you’re interested in a particular area, it might be worth attending one of our Information Sessions to gain more of a detailed understanding on each apprenticeship and what is required of you. The application process is short and sweet and we have advisors on hand to answer any questions you may have and advise you accordingly. Feel free to contact our live chat advisors on our website for more information, or give us a call on 01513369340.

Age Range
If you are 16 or over, you can apply for one of our apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are offered from school leaving age, offering an alternative option for those unsure about attending college.

Entry Requirements
There’s a lot of speculation about entry requirements. Anyone can do an apprenticeship if they are of an eligible age. If you don’t have your GCSE’s we can still enlist you onto one of our programmes and you would be able to study to gain your English and Maths in addition to your apprenticeship qualification if you are old enough! Some specific courses such as Teaching Assistant do require that you currently work in a school so it’s worth enquiring if you’re interested in a specific qualification as they do differ. We offer courses to suit everyone.

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JTM are proud to offer level 1, 2 and 3 courses in a variety of areas such as Childcare, Business Admin, IT and more. We can also advise how you would be able to do a level 4 or 5 higher education qualification with ourselves if this is what you’re looking for. JTM are an accredited centre for City & Guilds, CACHE, ILM and Edexcel qualifications. If you have any enquiries about a specific course we offer, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone, e-mail or live chat for more information. We’re always here to help!

Following completion of your apprenticeship, you may have the opportunity to progress onto a higher-level qualification (e.g. Level 3 after completion of a Level 2) or alternatively secure a full-time place in your company.

Funding is one of the biggest worries people have with regards to securing an apprenticeship. Here is a small breakdown for your reference.

Age of ApprenticeProportion of funding available
16 to 18100% of course fees
19 to 23*Please enquire for more funding eligibility details
24 and over*Please enquire for more funding eligibility details

*Eligibility of funding will apply. Please contact us for more information.

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Copyright 2015-2016 Flexible Training Limited

More information
In addition to our Apprenticeship programmes, we also offer Traineeships designed to help prepare you for an apprenticeship and give you experience of a working environment. The age range is generally 16-24 however if you fall under or over this bracket it may still be worthwhile getting in touch so we can advise you. Traineeships are available in Childcare and Business Administration, although we do offer other courses.

If you’d like any more information on Traineeships please visit our website or contact us via phone, e-mail, or live chat and we’ll be happy to help. If you require any more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We wish you the very best of luck in your search for an Apprenticeship!

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Everyone at JTM would like to congratulate Cathy Gainford and Jonathan Dando on completion of their Preparing to  Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLS) Qualifications.

Please see our office opening times below over the Christmas period.

JTM offices are closed:

Thursday 15/12/2016Wednesday 28/12/2016
Friday 16/12/2016Thursday 29/12/2016
Monday 26/12/2016Friday 30/12/2016
Tuesday 27/12/2016Monday 02/01/2017

The office will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

From everyone at JTM, we would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a fantastic new year!

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