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Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) Apprenticeship Level 3 Diploma at Chelmsford College

Course description

There are approximately 2.7 million people working with children and young people in England and the children and young people's workforce makes up approximately 10% of the labour market in England and includes people working in all sectors of the economy. A large number are public sector employees, including in schools, colleges, local authorities and the NHS. Many work in the private sector - particularly in early years, but there are private providers in all areas of services to children and young people.

Entry requirements

GCSE English and maths at Grade A-C

Entry requirements for the Level 3 pathway in addition to the framework entry requirements: As the level of this pathway (Level 3) determines that the apprentice should be working on their own or supervising others, the apprentice should have prior experience of the sector and be employed in a position whereby they would be able to demonstrate the competencies required at this level.

Assessment

All Apprenticeship Frameworks consist of 'on' and 'off' the job training and you will receive regular supervision and mentoring from your employer. In addition, you will have regular meetings with your Work Based Tutor where you will be trained, assessed and monitored in the work place. Assessment methods will vary in accordance to the qualification. Assessment typically consits of observations, assignments, exams and other product evidence, such as photographs or digital voice recordings. Your tutor will work with you to ensure you produce a portfolio of evidence. This will be submitted to the awarding organistation when you complete your qualifications. On average you will be seen once every 3 weeks for an average duration of 2 hours. If you attend College on a day release programme, your Tutor may only visit you in the workplace every 9-12 weeks. Formal reviews of your progress take place every 9-12 weeks and this will include you, your employer and your Work Based Tutor. Your progress is reviewed regularly as it is very important and crucial to the success of your Apprenticeship. If you are required to study Functional Skills as part of your framework, you may need to attend College for specific Mathematics and English classes. In addition, you may need to attend College for work shops or master classes for some units of your qualification. All training and development takes place during contracted working hours.¿ All Apprenticeship Frameworks consist of 'on' and 'off' the job training and you will receive regular supervision and mentoring from your employer. In addition, you will have regular meetings with your Work Based Tutor where you will be trained, assessed and monitored in the work place. Assessment methods will vary in accordance to the qualification. Assessment typically consits of observations, assignments, exams and other product evidence, such as photographs or digital voice recordings. Your tutor will work with you to ensure you produce a portfolio of evidence. This will be submitted to the awarding organistation when you complete your qualifications. On average you will be seen once every 3 weeks for an average duration of 2 hours. If you attend College on a day release programme, your Tutor may only visit you in the workplace every 9-12 weeks. Formal reviews of your progress take place every 9-12 weeks and this will include you, your employer and your Work Based Tutor. Your progress is reviewed regularly as it is very important and crucial to the success of your Apprenticeship. If you are required to study Functional Skills as part of your framework, you may need to attend College for specific Mathematics and English classes. In addition, you may need to attend College for work shops or master classes for some units of your qualification. All training and development takes place during contracted working hours.

Financial information

If you are over the age of 19 your employer will need to make a contribution to the cost of your training. This discussion will take place between the employer and the Employer Engagement Advisor. You should work with your employer to establish what uniform and tools/equipment you will need to work effectively. Your employer will typically obtain these for you but you may need or want to purchase items for yourself. With regards to your training, you will be provided with a log book for your qualification. You may wish to obtain additional text books, folders and stationery. When attending College you will be expected to cover the costs of any transport to and from College. Finally - you may also have an opportunity to attend optional trips and visits which you may need to pay for.

Future opportunities

Possible job roles:

Early Years Educator/Supervisor

Nursery Assistant

Possible Progression opportunities:

Early Years Educator/Supervisor

Higher Education

Professional Qualifications

Foundation Degrees

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chelmsford College directly.

Last updated date: 10 March 2016

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