Construction (Plastering) Apprenticeship Level 2 at Dearne Valley College (DVC)
Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification, whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience.
In order to undertake this type of training, you will need to find a business that will employ you as an Apprentice.
When employed, you will be eligible to receive the national minimum Apprenticeship wage.
You will learn practical skills and develop your technical know-how through your training in college, and your employer will help you put this into practice in the workplace.
An Apprenticeship is a great way to gain a nationally recognised qualification and a wealth of work experience.
Dearne Valley College works with over 100 local employers, so if you are not already in employment, we will work closely with you to help source an Apprenticeship job role for you.
You will gain:
Vocational Qualification: This will be mainly assessed on-site at your place of employment and using an e-portfolio system. You will need to collate evidence to prove that you are competent in your duties; this could be in the form of observation, photographs, witness testimonies, voice recordings, and other methods suited to your learning style.
Technical Certificate: This gives you the skills you need to do the job and will involve some class time, self-study and a practical end test.
Functional Skills: This includes English, Maths and IT to ensure you have the right skills to undertake tasks at work such as calculating the stock required, the price of a project, writing quotes and invoices, understanding hazard signs and communicating with others.
• Employee Rights and Responsibilities
• Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
• Suitable offer of employment
• Successful construction skills assessment
• Minimum of two GCSEs, grade A* to E
• You will attend a college-based assessment for English and Maths, in which you will need to be achieving a Literacy Level One
This could be in the form of observation, photographs, witness testimonies, voice recordings, and other methods suited to your learning style.
You will be paid a minimum of the nationally-set Apprenticeship wage. Visit www.apprenticships.org.uk for details.
Dearne Valley College also has a number of funds which are there to help support you if you find yourself in financial difficulties that are affecting your attendance at college or your studies.
If you’re aged between 16 and 19 years and in full-time education or training, you may be eligible for a mandatory or discretionary bursary. Young people in the following groups are eligible to receive a mandatory bursary of up to £1,200 a year.
- Young people in care
- Care leavers
- Young people claiming income support/Universal Credit in their own name
- Disabled young people who receive both Employment Support Allowance/Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in their own name
However, other students facing genuine financial difficulties may be awarded a smaller, discretionary bursary which is means-tested and allocated based on specific priorities and eligibility criteria.
College eligibility criteria are currently based on a maximum household income of £25,000, good standards of behaviour, and over 90% attendance.
The bursary can help with costs such as food, transport, books and other course-related equipment and/or essentials.
Learner Support and Welfare Fund
The Discretionary Learner Support Funds can be used to buy equipment, help with travel expenses, childcare, and other costs related to attending college to study. These means-tested funds are limited, and allocated based on specific priorities and criteria.
If you are 19 years old or more, have a good attendance and your gross household income does not exceed £25,000, you could be eligible for these funds. The College also operates a small discretionary Emergency Welfare Fund to help students in crisis situations. Funds are limited and are intended to help in the short term.
Support with Childcare Costs
The College may be able to provide support for your childcare costs if you are a full-time student, either for part of, or for the full year.
If you are 20 years old or more, the College receives funding which may contribute towards the childcare you require.
In addition, young people under the age of 20 with childcare needs may be eligible for childcare and travel costs through the national ‘Care to Learn’ scheme. Find out if you’re eligible by visiting: www.direct.gov.uk/caretolearn
16-18 Student Concessionary Bus Pass
If you are attending college on a full-time basis and you meet the qualifying criteria, you may be eligible for a concessionary bus pass for bus and tram travel, and halved fares on local Northern Rail services in South Yorkshire.
For more information and to apply online, please visit: www.travelsouthyorkshire.com
Free school Meals
If you are aged 16 to 18 on 31st August 2014, you may be eligible for free school meals if you or your parents are in receipt of certain benefits. Please visit the Student Services Centre for more information.
NUS Extra Card
NUS extra is the ultimate, must-have student card! It gives you access to hundreds of discounts exclusively for students – including ASOS, Amazon, Topshop, House of Fraser, National Express, New Look, JJB Sports, Pizza Hut, Superdrug and many, many more.
The card costs just £12 and can be purchased directly from the NUS website: www.nus.org.uk
How to apply
If you take the first steps to finding an employer, it can be more effective in securing the Apprenticeship you want.
- Visit www.dearne-coll.ac.uk for current Apprenticeship job vacancies. Nationwide Apprenticeship vacancies can also be found at www.apprenticeships.org.uk.
- Approach the employer yourself and ask if they would be interested in employing an Apprentice.
- Contact the Dearne Valley College Business Development Team to let them know if you have secured an employer.
- If you haven’t been able to source an employer, contact the Dearne Valley Business Development Team. The team will contact the companies they work with to see if they have any current vacancies.
How to apply
You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.