Employer approval, change of circumstances, and frequently-asked apprenticeship questions
Since apprenticeships are work-based learning programmes, it’s imperative that your employer can provide you with the necessary training to meet the objectives of your apprenticeship with particular reference to the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) as detailed in the IfATE apprenticeship standard. This means ensuring that you are not only in a suitable job, but that you will be employed in a relevant role for at least the duration of your apprenticeship by an employer who can provide you with the necessary experience. We therefore work with your employer to determine their suitability before asking you to apply. This is our Employer Approval process which is covered in the video.
We encourage apprentices to think carefully about whether they’re comfortable with the apprenticeship pathway they’re applying for, and whether it meets their career aspirations. If you are unsure about any aspect of your pathway or would like to discuss your options in more detail, please do let us know and we can explore the opportunity of moving you to a more suitable apprenticeship before you start.
Changing employer or career pathway once the apprenticeship has started is not easy, and it’s never guaranteed. We will always do what we can to accommodate a change, but we do need to know as soon as possible. If you are contemplating a change, please do speak to your AOO (Apprenticeship Outcomes Officer) or log an enquiry on the VLE via Student Central as soon as possible.
More information about the types of changes you’ll need to make us aware of, as well as some of the options available, can be found in the Change in work or personal circumstances document at the bottom of the page.
Previously, we shared our new starters’ most frequently-asked questions with you. The FAQs below focus on queries directly related to apprenticeships.