The nature of the Traineeship Programme enables providers to develop a flexible timetable to suit the needs of individual learners and employers.
Our research has indicated that providers plan to deliver a fixed timetable but incorporate flexibility based on their assessment of the requirements of learners and the work placement employer’s time commitments. One Greater Manchester college has developed four fixed models of differing lengths. Learners’ requirements are assessed and they are placed in the programme that suits that individual's learning aims.
The employers’ needs should be considered when developing timetables, for example where they are only able to support their trainee on the work placement at specific times. Some sectors may also require work experience to take place during unsociable hours.
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The main timetable, excluding the two Employability Sessions, lasts for 14 week and commences monthly. The table below describes the timetable for a typical Traineeship cohort.
Weeks 1-4 are classroom based. Every Friday is set aside for Functional Skills but each of the four weeks has a key theme:
Week one – focuses on employability skills that will be required on the work placement. This week is also used to prepare some learners for a second interview.
Week two – looks at systems and networking, crucial skills in the IT sector.
Week three – has functional skills focus using business project – learners have create a business and consider: start-up costs, cost projections, marketing, employment law, health and safety. At the end of the week they each have to deliver presentation on PowerPoint about their business. This is useful experience to discuss at interviews.
Week four is Tech Week – learners will work towards two accredited level one qualifications – Fundamentals of Customer Service and Dismantle, Assemble and Rebuild
Weeks 5-10 are spent on a full-time work placement Monday to Thursday. Learners are still expected to attend Functional Skills sessions on Fridays.
Weeks 11 and 12 are entirely focussed on Functional Skills including preparation.
Week 13 has a focus on digital marketing. Learners are tasked with creating a video promoting QA Traineeships. They also have exposure to software such as Photoshop. This is also relevant experience to discuss at interviews.
Week 14 is a final focus on employability skills. CVs are finalise and learners practice their interview techniques. Those learners who are not progressing to an Apprenticeship with their work placement employer will spend time looking for jobs as well as speaking to the Apprenticeship team about other QA Apprenticeship vacancies.