Apprenticeships Overview

Earn while you learn! Read more about our the apprenticeships we offer.

The Apprenticeship programme is a set of nationally recognised qualifications that enables people to enter full time employment while improving their education. 

Apprenticeships are designed to meet the needs of employers and the needs of their employees enabling them to establish a rewarding and secure career. Apprenticeships are an ‘earn while you learn’ alternative to college that offer the opportunity for you to achieve a nationally recognised qualification whilst gaining experience of a working environment. The hands on training of an Apprenticeship will help develop many skills you need to carry through your working career.

What does my Apprenticeship involve?

During your sign-up, your Employer and OTC will have picked the relevant Apprenticeship programme. There are two main types of Apprenticeships which both involve slightly different elements. Apprenticeships can last between 12 and 42 months depending on the type you are completing and the elements involved.


During your programme, you will work towards some or all of the following qualifications / aims:

  • NVQ – National Vocational Qualification – Competence qualification
  • Technical Certificate (Engineering pathways only) – Knowledge qualification
  • Functional Skills in English, Mathematics & ICT (depending on programme and prior learning)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Frameworks are currently being phased out and replaced by Apprenticeship Standards.

What Apprenticeships do OTC deliver?

Apprenticeship Standards

Standards differ significantly depending on the job role and sector when it comes to qualifications. 

Some Standards have specific qualifications you must work towards, others are more flexible and allow the provider to choose the qualifications they feel are needed in order for the apprentice to develop the skills and knowledge required to pass their End Point Assessment.

All standards will include some form of Behavioral skills (BARS) that you will need to demonstrate throughout your learning journey these are such things as Health and Safety, working with others and interpersonal skills.

End Point Assessment

Each Standard will require the Apprentice to complete an End Point Assessment (EPA) in order to demonstrate competency in your job role and the sector you are working in. The EPA is conducted by a separate EPA Organisation to ensure fair and unbiased assessments.

Most EPA’s consist of 3 elements – knowledge exam, skills assessment and an interview. Further information, such as the Assessment Plan for your Apprenticeship, can be requested from your Training Advisor if working towards a Standard.


Apprenticeships are either funded by the Education and Skills Funding
Agency, your Employer (if they are a “Levy” company) or both (co-
funded). Where co-funded, your employer will pay 10% of the funding costs and the ESFA will pay the remaining.

For some individuals, part of the funding can be claimed by the ESFA via the European Social Fund (ESF). This is known as “match-funding.”


If your son or daughter is interested in starting work and they are keen to learn some skills and gain valuable qualifications, then an apprenticeship may be the right route for them.

Business Benefits

Apprentices tend to be eager, motivated, flexible and loyal. Learn more about how apprenticeships can positively impact your organisation needs for now and for the future.

Employer FAQs

Making decisions on your future can a leave you with a lot of unanswered question. We’ve collated a list of frequently asked questions that we think will help.