CEIS Ayrshire are a training provider for several different Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland. We work with individual businesses to identify their training needs and then tailor an individual training plan for candidates so that they can achieve their Modern Apprenticeship. It is our job to ensure each Modern Apprentice obtains their chosen qualification with support of the employer and commitment from the Modern Apprentice.
Scottish Modern Apprenticeships are vocational qualifications available to anyone aged 16 – 24 and in some cases, up to age 29 who are in employment. They are designed to equip employees with the skills and knowledge they need to demonstrate competence in their job role and can be offered to both the existing workforce within a company and to new employees, offering the chance to progress into various roles in their chosen industry. They are available across a wide range of sectors and levels, with the chance to progress between levels of qualifications on completion.
The Modern Apprenticeship is made up of Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ’s), any relevant Sector Skills Council enhancement requirements and Core Skills. SVQs are work-based qualifications, so candidates should be in a job role which allows them to provide the required evidence in a working environment. They are assessed in the workplace, minimising the time candidates require outside the workplace to complete the qualification. There is no set time to complete an apprenticeship as this will depend on the level and the type of training. Some types of apprenticeships, for example those in construction or accountancy, can take approximately four years to complete, while others can be completed in less than a year.
SVQs are designed for people at various levels within the organization where they are employed and are therefore appropriate to many job roles. Successful candidates gain an internationally-recognised qualification accredited by SQA, which demonstrates that they have the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to carry out their role successfully. Assessment is holistic and based on the work done with underpinning knowledge demonstrated through questioning. Work supervisors and managers can contribute through supporting the candidate and supplying witness testimonies if needed. Each candidate will have their own dedicated assessor who will guide them through the qualification programme, visiting the workplace at convenient, pre-arranged times. The Modern Apprenticeship has no exam as the candidates are either competent or not yet competent and this benefits many who find the academic method of delivery challenging.
Skills Development Scotland contribute towards the cost of training and assessing any apprentices with the amount paid depending on the type of apprenticeship, the qualification level and the age of the apprentice. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, there’s an enhanced funding contribution up to and including age 29.
Modern Apprentices are paid by their employers, at least minimum wage rate with a recommendation to pay the Living Wage. They are entitled to the same working conditions as other employees in similar roles including paid holidays, sick pay, benefits and support.