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Intermediate Apprenticeship in Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools* at Dearne Valley College (DVC)

Course description

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.

Course content

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 observations, photographs, witness testimonies, voice recordings, and other methods suited to your learning style.

You will receive training to ensure you gain the underpinning knowledge required for your job role.

Functional Skills: This includes English, Maths and IT to ensure you have the right skills to undertake tasks at work such as helping children and young people learn their own English and Maths skills, preparing documents and reports, working to a budget and communicating with parents and colleagues.

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Employee Rights and Responsibilities

Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements:

• Suitable offer of employment

• Successful Care & Early Years 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 achieve a Literacy Level One

Assessment

Assessment Methods:

This could be in the form of observation, photographs, witness testimonies, voice recordings, and other methods suited to your learning style.

Financial information

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.

16–19 Bursary

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

Future opportunities

Opportunities after the course:
 
You may have the opportunity to progress to an Advanced Apprenticeship

Further information

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.

 

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.

Last updated date: 13 June 2018
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    • A 2014 Ofsted report officially commended Dearne Valley College as an overall ‘GOOD’ college, in fact all areas of the college that were inspected were commended as ‘GOOD’ too.  

      A full copy of the report is available at www.ofsted.gov.uk, however here are just some of the reports highlights.

      Why we are good:

      “Success rates for 16- to 18-year-old students are high”

      “Practical, vocational and employability skills are developed effectively”

      “Support for students is highly effective”

      “Much teaching is good”

      “The culture and ethos of the college promote mutual respect and positive attitudes to learning”

      “Leadership and management have effectively brought about significant improvement since the previous inspection”

      Outcomes for learners

      “Overall success rates have shown steady improvement over three years and are now well above the national average”
      Our success rate for 2012/13 was 90%, which is 6% above national average.

      “Achievement rates have also improved well and were significantly above the national average in 2013”
      Our achievement/pass rate for 2012/13 was 97%, which is 3% above the national average.

      “Students develop good practical and vocational skills” 

      “The culture and ethos in the college encourage students to recognise the importance of mathematics and English”
      All our 16 to 18 year olds learners work towards improving their study mathematics and English attainment.

      “Students enjoy coming to college and this is reflected in their high attendance rates”

      The quality of teaching, learning and assessment

      “Teaching, learning and assessment are good which is reflected in the high success rates for students”

      “Good support arrangements help those students with barriers to learning to achieve and make sustained progress”

      “Teachers use their industrial experience well to develop students’ vocational skills”
      Our staff refresh their industry skills via our thorough staff development programme.

      “Students with additional learning needs are carefully identified at an early stage and offered flexible bespoke assistance”
      The College proudly holds the Matrix Quality Standard for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance.

      “The college pays close attention to equality and diversity”
      The College is proud to have gained Investors in Diversity Status.

      “Students respect each other and their views are valued and taken seriously”

      “Students enjoy working in safe environments and understand the importance of safe working practice”


      What our students say:

      “I feel safe at College” – 98% of students asked agree

      “I know the kind of support I can get from College” – 97% of students asked agree

      “I am aware that English, Maths and IT forms part of my course” – 97% of those asked agree

      “I understand the rights of others to be treated with respect” – 99% of those asked agree

      “The College will not permit bullying in any form” – 99% of those asked agree

      “I feel I am on the right course” – 98% of those asked agree

      Source: 2013 Induction Survey

      Ofsted

      Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. They inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages. www.ofsted.gov.uk