As well as the ‘on the job’ training they get from their employer, apprentices need to achieve both competence and knowledge based qualifications: sometimes these are combined. They also need to be aware of employment rights and to achieve functional skills in English, mathematics and (in some cases) ICT: exemptions are available to learners with GCSE passes in these subjects. For the early years apprenticeships
From 1 September 2014, the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) changed. To count in the staff to child ratios at Level 3, staff holding an Early Years Educator qualification must also have achieved GCSEs in English and maths at Grade C or above, or an acceptable equivalent. Functional skills are not accepted.
EYE Apprenticeship funding
Apprenticeship funding requirements differ significantly from requirements for standalone qualifications.
The requirements for advanced apprenticeships for the early education and childcare sector are as follows:
The Children & Young People’s Workforce advanced apprenticeship framework was revised from 1st September 2014. The framework includes the new Early Years Educator qualification and learners are required to achieve GCSEs in English and maths at grade C or above on exit.
Apprenticeships are available at any age. However, because those aged 24 have to take out loans to fund level 3 training, many older learners will prefer to train outside an apprenticeship in order to reduce costs and avoid the need for functional skills.