Interested in an apprenticeship? Well you’ve come to the right place. Here at Access Industry, we offer apprenticeships in a range of subjects within Music & Events, Digital and Marketing.
Apprenticeships offer a different kind of educational experience to traditional BTECs and A Levels, allowing you to ‘learn while you earn’. When you sign up to an apprenticeship, you are employed by an organisation and learn both ‘on the job’ within the workplace, and via our online learning platform with support from industry specialists – and you earn a salary as you would with regular employment.
Studying with us comes with a number of benefits including courses taught by industry experts with years of direct, hands-on experience in their field, full use of Access Creative College’s incredible facilities and access to a national network of like-minded creatives so you can build professional relationships throughout your time with us.
Got questions? Read our FAQ below.
An apprenticeship is a paid job which allows you to develop the skills, technical knowledge and experience to help you develop your career.
You will develop your technical knowledge through formal ‘off the job’ training and gain practical skills and experience whilst working. Apprenticeships have been designed by employers and include the knowledge, skills, behaviours and formal qualifications needed for each specific job role and sector.
To be eligible, you must be aged 16 or over, living in England and not taking part in full-time education. If you are already employed, you can start an apprenticeship in your current job to help you progress to a higher level position. If you are not employed, you can leave your details here and a member of our Apprenticeship team will be in touch for a chat about your options.
Apprenticeships range from Level 2 to Level 7. The levels and their equivalent qualifications are listed below:
Level 2 = 4 GCSEs
Level 3 = 3 A Levels
Level 4 & 5 = Foundation degree and HNC/D
Level 6 = Bachelor’s Degree
Level 7 = Master’s Degree
Access Industry currently offers apprenticeships up to Level 4, but we continually update available apprenticeships to meet learner needs and industry trends.
The role of an Industry Practitioner (IP) is to create an Individual Training Plan (ITP) to suit your specific training needs. They will agree and plan training sessions and prepare you (and your employer) for your End Point Assessment. They will guide, support and encourage you throughout your apprenticeship training programme.
The ‘Apprenticeship Standard’ and assessment plan developed by employers will set out the knowledge, skills and behaviours required, as well as an outline of the methods that will be used for the End Point Assessment. Examples of different assessment methods are shown below.
Depending on the standard, the assessment methods will vary. Here are examples of some of the types of assessment that may be used at your End point assessment;
- Workplace observation
- Professional discussion
- Project proposals
- Portfolio assessment
Whilst you are on your apprenticeship, your IP will use all of the above as well as your submitted tasks and journals to assess your progress and provide you with feedback and a ‘working at’ grade.
At the end of your apprenticeship, you will go through a ‘gateway’ process where your employer and IP confirm that you are ready for the final assessment of your knowledge and practical capabilities. The End Point Assessment will test that you are competent to work effectively and productively in your chosen occupation.
The End Point Assessment is graded. The Independent End Point Assessment Organisations (EPAO) and assessor must be independent of, and separate from, the training provided by the College and your employer.
Yes, but don’t worry. All apprenticeships include Maths and English Functional Skills which provide further development in these work related skills. You’ll have an initial assessment of your English and Maths skills during your induction, and you will have to complete online external tests in both subjects.
If you have already achieved qualifications in Maths and English to a high enough standard, you will be exempt from completing Functional Skills qualifications as part of your apprenticeship. If this is the case, your IP will continue to work with you to develop your use of Maths and English in the workplace, so that you can use these skills at a higher level.
Working with Access Creative has helped to enhance our business. Their onboarding process was super thorough, giving us all the information and assistance we needed. The team didn’t just offer advice; they provided us with expert insights to help us make the right choices. It’s clear they’re committed to giving apprentices top-notch training whilst being super supportive to us companies.
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Entec Sound & Light
The Live Event Technician L3 Apprenticeship, run by Access Industry, is an engaging course with great content and appropriate industry knowledge that translates well into the workplace.
It is an excellent opportunity for students to earn as they learn a trade while being supported in their development by tutors who know and care about the Creative Industry.
Overall, I am pleased and recommend that anyone wishing to enter the creative industry look at the courses available.
Find out more about Entec here.
As part of our Student Support service, we support apprentices with learning difficulties and differences, disabilities and medical conditions.
We also provide support relating to any issues that may be perceived as disadvantages or potential barriers to success. The Learning Support Team will provide guidance before you start and during your induction in order to:
- identify skills
- assess support needs
- ensure that the workplace and delivery is appropriate for your particular support needs, as well as your interests and chosen career path.
You can tell us about your support needs during Onboarding. Please tell us as much as you can so that we can fully understand your needs.
If you can bring any supporting documents, such as an Educational Health Care Plan, Educational Psychologist reports or medical diagnosis letters with you to your interview, that would be really helpful. We may arrange a support review as a follow up to your interview, talk to your school about support you have received to date, and to your local authority about funding arrangements. We may also talk to your Social Worker, Key Worker, any health professionals you regularly engage with and parents/carers.
We will endeavour to provide appropriate support for you, with needs assessed on an individual basis.
The type of support we can offer may include:
- A learning support worker to provide one to one support
- Support in your English and maths lessons
- Further assessments for Exam Access Arrangements
- Individual support packages for higher-needs learners in consultation with your Local Authority (this will be based on any existing documentation, such as an Educational Health and Care Plan).
Once you have begun your apprenticeship, you will have a series of one-to-one tutorials which will support your progress, feeding into an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and scheduled one to ones with the ALS team.