Every apprenticeship has a ‘framework’ made up of an NVQ (National Vocational Qualification), Functional Skills such as Maths, English and ICT, and a Technical Certificate which relates to their employment, developing a knowledge of work and personal and interpersonal skills – all of which are crucial to succeed in their job role.

NVQ’s are designed and developed by employers who have real expertise in their own specific occupational areas and are recognised by employers and academic institutions. An NVQ forms one strand of an Apprenticeship framework along with Key Skills and a Technical Certificate.


Candidates are allocated a tutor, experienced in the same area of work, able to give advice whilst compiling a portfolio of evidence. Evidence is collected in a variety of ways, examples of work may be written, observations can be carried out or where appropriate, through question and answer sessions which may be submitted as audio evidence.

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