Level 5 Golf Course Manager Apprenticeship

Discover how an apprenticeship in Golf Course Management can provide hands-on learning and career development opportunities for future golf course managers. Learn the benefits of being an apprentice and how it can prepare you for a successful career in the golf industry.

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What is a Golf Course Manager?

A golf course manager, also referred to as a Head Greenkeeper in other vacancies, is responsible for overseeing the green spaces, equipment, resources and other staff members, and are in charge of maintaining schedules for these. Golf course managers are expected to allocate staff members with work, ensure the greenkeeping team are being recruited into, and to actively make sure that human resource polices are enacted within the team. It is important for golf course managers to strategize plans with budget in mind, and finally, to make sure that the golfers that attend are receiving top quality and consistently fun experiences on the course. An apprenticeship in this role will entail being enrolled in a contract of 36 months or longer, and candidates are encouraged to have an equivalent of a level 3 qualification in Greenkeeping, and is also recommended to have a qualification in basic ICT during this apprenticeship. The EQA provider of this apprenticeship course is Ofqual and has a maximum funding of £17000.

Your role and responsibilities

As a golf course manager, you have key duties in which are integral to your role. Over the course of 36 months, you will be able to demonstrate that you are able to manage, market and continuously display the maintenance facility and golf course is safe, secure and entertaining. You will also familiarise yourself with human resources and physical resources, and manage tasks and staff daily. Your other responsibilities will be:

  • Monitoring equipment and ensure it gets any necessary replacements
  • Control the growth of weeds and other risks on the golf course, as it is required to be both aesthetically maintained and also free of any danger to the public.
  • Communicate with your team on a variety of subjects.
  • Create written and verbal presentations confidently to staff
  • Display conflict management capabilities,
  • Be motivational and encouraging of exceptional work ethic and customer service towards the greenkeeping team.

What you will develop during this apprenticeship:

During this apprenticeship, you will gain an insight on a variety of subjects, and develop a broad arsenal of skills. The skills you develop while you work on the job are as follows:

  • Understanding legislation and regulations required to ensure a healthy working environment
  • Conducting and reviewing risk assessments
  • Create sustainable surfaces for golfers to use, free of pests, weeds and other factors that can impact negatively towards their experiences.
  • How to design and manage drainage systems
  • How to plan, lead and record meetings
  • The rules and etiquette of golf
  • Willingness of personal and professional development
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The qualities that are required for this role:

It is very important for a golf course manager to be friendly and professional, as this is a customer facing job. It is very important to have good communication skills and confidence in speaking with members of the public, as the reputation of the company is reflective of your behaviour. Other fundamental skills and behaviours that are required for this role include:

  • Great attention to detail
  • Enthusiasm and great work ethic
  • To be able to work individually as well as thrive within a team
  • Ability to personally develop and display eagerness to learn and contribute
  • Ensure health and safety practices throughout role
  • Problem solving

Other Key Information

When you are employed and enrolled within an apprenticeship, it is important to note that it is required that you are spending 20% of your working hours towards off the job (OTJ) learning, which entails learning and coaching sessions from your training provider, and taking time within your working hours to complete tasks for your personal and professional development. It is also important to note that you will be assessed during your apprenticeship. You will finish this apprenticeship gaining a level 5 qualification, however it is also key to note that you will also be registered within the British and International Golf Greenkeeper’s Association (BIGGA), which is the professional body for greenkeepers, with the option to become a full member and gain accreditation. Job opportunities will be available and more enhanced after the completion of this apprenticeship, with opportunities for promotion in roles such as Golf Club Manager, Estates Manager or Director of Golf

Port Operative Apprenticeships

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Looking for a job where you can learn while you earn? Consider level 2 Port Operative apprenticeships for a new career. Visit ApprenticeTips.com if you’re interested in other roles.

Port Operative Apprenticeships

A Port Operative Apprenticeship is a great way to enter the transport and logistics industry. Typically, the course lasts around 12-18 months, and, during this time, you will be provided with hands-on experience whilst learning about the industry. Once you have completed the course, you will be awarded a Level 2 qualification which is equivalent to a GCSE.

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Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for Port Operative apprenticeships are determined by the individual employer. This is usually a certain amount of GCSEs or something that is equivalent to them. As this position is very active, it is important for candidates to be in good physical health. It would also be beneficial to have a full driving license, but this is not necessarily a requirement.

Benefits of a Port Operative Apprenticeship

There are so many benefits when it comes to Port Operative apprenticeships such as learning whilst earning. An apprenticeship allows you to get paid for your work whilst you are learning and being trained all at once.

Another benefit is receiving a competitive salary during your apprenticeship. Your employer will determine your wage at the start, and it will increase once you are qualified.

As an apprentice you will have a holiday entitlement of so many days a year, this is decided by your employer. Finally, it provides you with the opportunity to work in a dynamic industry and you will have lots of different challenges and opportunities along the way.

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As a Port Operative, you may be involved in many different activities. These could potentially include:

  1. Loading, unloading, handling, and securing cargo
  2. On-shore mooring and vessel handling operations
  3. Passenger operations
  4. Workplace transport operations
  5. Infrastructure operations
  6. Operation of heavy machinery
  7. Warehousing, storage, and retrieval

The main purpose of a port is to maintain a secure environment, and port operators usually work in teams under the supervision of a supervisor. Unsocial hours may be part of the workday, and laboring outside in bad weather is most likely. Shift and weekend work is possible and there could be some requirements for being on call. This is something that you should consider when applying for the apprenticeship.


The Port Operative’s occupation is broken down into two different roles. Cargo and passenger.

Cargo Operatives load and unload vessels securely and effectively in a variety of locations. They deal with goods such as bread bulk, liquid bulk, dry bulk, RoRo, and containers.

Operatives in the passenger, ferry, and cruise industries load and unload people, their luggage, and vehicles from vessels. They keep an eye on trip documents and support security measures like search and screening.

In case of an emergency, they are responsible for helping passengers. Operatives must provide a high level of customer care as they deal closely with both trade customers and members of the public.

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A Port Operative apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity for people who are looking to pursue a career in the maritime industry. For more information about Port Operative Apprenticeships please do not hesitate to contact Apprentice Tips.  Our website can help provide you with all of the up-to-date information you need. The site also offers apprentices a chance to publish online content. If this is something that you would be interested in, please get in touch.

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Level 4 Construction Site Supervisor Apprenticeship

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Have you ever wondered how to get into a career in Construction? Would you like to earn while you learn? Finally, do you have a keen interest in improving your planning, organisation and reporting skills? If you have answered yes to some of these questions, you may find this higher apprenticeship in Construction Site Supervision perfect for you. Read on to find out why.

Who can apply for a Construction Site Supervisor apprenticeship based in the UK?

Currently, employers can set their own entry requirements, meaning that a wide range of people can apply for this course.

5 GCSEs (or equivalent), including Maths, English & Science, or a Level 2 apprenticeship are typically required for applicants of this role.

Employers will usually support apprentices to achieve level 2 English and Maths qualifications while on the course, meaning that applicants are not necessarily limited by these criteria – it all depends on the company!

In other words, employers can hire anyone they feel is suitable for the role, given that they have shown a keen interest and have a general understanding of the position. Could this be you?  

Anyone who wants to apply for this apprenticeship should expect to be on the course for around 3 years. They should be prepared to work towards the Level 4 qualification in Construction and Built Environment. What does this involve?

What are the key responsibilities of a Construction Site Supervisor apprentice?

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A group of construction site supervisors evaluating a building site.

The Construction Site Supervisor apprenticeship involves close work with specialist contractors and workers on construction projects, supervising activities both on building sites and occasionally in office settings. 

This role requires a level of professional judgment, as a lot of planning, organisation and project management will be executed by the apprentice. Teamwork and communication are therefore especially important, as the apprentice will be working with a wide variety of colleagues, giving instructions and making recommendations to ensure that construction projects run smoothly. 

This apprenticeship will teach you key skills that are beneficial to this industry, in order to complete regular tasks across a range of projects. 

In your day to day role as a Construction Site Supervisor apprentice, you will learn how to: 

  • Supervise contractors onsite;
  • Identify and prevent risk, promoting safe working practices
  • Implement Construction Technology solutions for different project types
  • Record/control the progress, cost and quality of construction projects
  • Control health and safety standards onsite
  • Minimise the negative impact of construction to the environment 

These are just a few of the many key Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs) that you can develop while on the apprenticeship. This apprenticeship gives you a chance to showcase innovation by putting new ideas and solutions forward to benefit the projects that you work on. 

How is the Construction Site Supervisor apprenticeship assessed?

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A Construction Site Supervisor Apprentice completing work digitally for their EPA.

You will also have an opportunity to demonstrate these key KSBs in the End Point Assessment (EPA), at the conclusion of the course.

This will involve:

  • An online test – this checks you have retained the relevant knowledge to execute this role
  • Project – an opportunity to demonstrate your skills, technical abilities and knowledge 
  • Professional Discussion – here you have the chance to explain the work you have created. You can verbally showcase your understanding of the course KSBs 

After these key assessments have taken place, your final grade will be decided by the EPA organisation. 

For more detailed information regarding the EPA, click here.

What career progression opportunities are there for this course?

Having completed your Level 4 qualification, you may be wondering how this apprenticeship can benefit you in the long-term. 

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship course, you will earn a Level 4 qualification in Construction and Built Environment. The industry recognise this as Technician Status (or the equivalent) within your role. 

From here on, you could progress to a number of new roles. A fully qualified Site Supervisor can earn up to £45k annually, according to government data. You might also be promoted to a Construction Supervisor Manager; experienced workers in this role can earn around £65k per annum. 

To progress your learning even further, you could alternatively follow this course with another apprenticeship! For example, the Level 6 Building Control Surveyor programme, in which you are able to achieve a BSc (Hons) Degree in Building Control.

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Evidently, Construction Site Supervision is an excellent career choice, with multiple routes to the progression of your skillset and paycheck!

Taking this apprenticeship course is a fantastic way to establish yourself as a beginner within the Construction industry. You can gain a large amount of new knowledge that can open up many career pathways for you afterwards! 

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Dental Technician Apprenticeship – Level 5

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Have you ever wanted to work in the dental industry? If this Dental Technician Apprenticeship sounds like something you would be interested in, read on to find out more!

What is a Dental Technician?

Dental Technicians are responsible for designing, creating and modifying cosmetic dental appliances such as crowns, bridges and dentures. A Dental Technician work closely with dentists to produce this under prescription from dentists within a dental laboratory. Dental Technicians combine scientific knowledge with engineering precision to create and deliver the highest quality dental appliances. The role requires attention to detail, artistry and dexterity.

What will you do as a Dental Technician?

As a Dental Technician apprentice you will design, manufacture, modify and repair custom-made dental appliances. Typically the work is undertaken in a dental laboratory on a prescription from a dentist. The work can broadly be split into crown & bridge, dentures and orthodontics; most labs specialise in one or two of these areas but during the apprenticeship Dental Technicians will develop competency across all disciplines from start to finish before choosing if/where to specialise once they are qualified.

All Dental Technicians are professionals who work in accordance with the General Dental Council (GDC).

What are the main responsibilities

The main role of a Dental Technician apprentice is to help build prostheses for patients seen by the dentist/dental surgery. Your day to day tasks may include:

  • designing, making, modifying and repairing custom dental devices
  • using precision equipment and tools
  • shaping materials like gold, porcelain and plastic

plus much more!

Skills you will gain during the apprentieship

Below are some of the skills you will learn during the apprenticeship

  • Advising the prescribing dentist on appropriate dental devices based on dentist input, while recognising oral limitations and their effect on devices. Evaluate, for individual patients, the need for more complex treatment and seek advice from the dentist or more experienced Dental Technicians as appropriate.
  • Designing, manufacturing, assessing, repairing, modifying and providing biomechanically sound custom- made dental devices in the following three different areas
  • Assessing impressions, models and finished devices as well as the fitness for purpose of devices and propose alternatives where necessary, in line with patient prescription, and formally recording these decisions as for MDD requirements

Behaviours that are needed for the apprenticeship

  • Proactive in their own development, willing to commit to lifelong learning by use of a Personal Development Plan (PDP), personal reflection and continuous improvement.
  • Recognise and act within GDC standards, ethical guidance, information governance and relevant laws.
  • Willing to give and receive feedback effectively and tactfully within the wider dental team; taking responsibility for establishing personal networks with dental professionals, specialists and other relevant individuals and organisations.
  • Ready to take responsibility for integrity of completed work.

For more information about this apprenticeship, you can check out the Dental Technician (Integrated) Standard, as well as the assessment plan to understand how you should prepare for end-point assessment.

Entry Requirements

To apply for this apprenticeship you will need to have A Levels or relevant Level 3 qualifications. Employers who train apprentices without English and Math’s GCSE at Grade 5 or above must ensure that the apprentice achieves this during the course prior to completion.


The Dental Technician Level 5 apprenticeship is a 36 months long course. If you are looking for a health and science apprenticeship that will help you excel in the health and science sector, please apply for this opportunity through ApprenticeTips and start your future today!

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Air Traffic Controller – Level 5 Apprenticeship

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Do you want to become an Air Traffic Controller?

Do you have an interest in being an Air Traffic Controller? Are you able to think in 3D? Do you have the ability to remain calm under pressure? If the answer is YES, look at the apprenticeship opportunity below to find your new career path.

The Uk is one of the busiest countries when it comes to flying with 600,000 people flying daily. Heathrow is one of the busiest airports in the world with over 80 million passengers in 2019. As a result of this, there is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidates to take on the challenge right on your doorstep.

What are the roles of an Air Traffic Control apprentice?

Air traffic controllers are responsible for the safe movement of aircraft arriving and departing from airports and along major air routes. There is a range of opportunities that can follow from the Air Traffic Controller Apprenticeship depending on both the placement of your apprenticeship and the air traffic controller’s speciality. You may have the opportunity to take on any of the following tasks:

  • maintaining minimum safe distances between aircraft
  • keeping radio contact with aircraft
  • preventing collisions between aircraft and obstacles
  • monitoring data systems
  • providing pertinent information to aircraft
  • issuing instructions to aircraft
  • handling emergencies, unscheduled traffic and unexpected events.

In addition to this, you will find yourself working in many different locations during this time including; Air traffic control centres, Commercial airports, Military bases and other Airfields. Some air traffic controllers will find their apprenticeship training will help them navigate into other similar areas owing to the transferrable skills they have acquired on the course.

Key skills and behaviours to take off as an air traffic controller

This role requires the apprentice to take other people’s and their safety into their hands and will encourage applicants to have prior knowledge of or interest in, Air Traffic Control. This can be from several different sources i.e. Civil Controllers or Military controllers.


Some of the key skills and qualities to be an Air Traffic Controller are the following:

  • Strong eyesight and colour vision
  • Be able to raise safety concerns through the appropriate channels
  • Problem-solving skills before problems may arise
  • Maintain spatial awareness in an area of control
  • Have excellent communication and teamwork skills
  • The ability to work quickly, accurately, calmly and decisively under pressure
  • Must have motivation and self-discipline
  • Have a hunger for working with technology
  • Maintain both resilience and effectiveness while operating safely when a plan is not met


Similarly, it is good for you to have the following behaviours:

  • Shows pride in work, for example, a strong work ethic, displays a positive mindset and pays attention to detail
  • acts in line with the values of the business, for example, they will embrace and promote these values
  • Team player and works collaboratively with others
  • Commits to the development of the team and themselves also to the system and processes
  • Be proactive and vigilant in promoting a safe and compliant environment

However, it is also important for air traffic controllers to have good physical and mental health. Also, you will have to pass a class 3 medical and adhere to strict regulations regarding drugs (zero tolerance) and alcohol.

More details of the apprenticeship

This is a Level 5 apprenticeship that will take around 15 to 21 months to complete.

Entry Requirments

As has been noted, you must pass an EU class 3 medical and have the certificate to prove this. Also, note that employers will choose their own entry requirements, however, apprentices without a Level 2 in English and Maths will need to complete this before taking the EPA (End Point Assessment).

This apprenticeship is split into 2 parts, core knowledge, skills and behaviours and you must choose a specialist topic. This gives employers room to provide the apprentice with the best training they can in their speciality as well as enable transferable skills between roles and employers for the apprentices. To succeed, you must be competent in each of the core knowledge, skills and behaviours as well as complete one specialist option (for additional knowledge and skills) which must be taken out of the eight specialisms which are; Civil Area/ Terminal Controller, Civil Approach Controller, Civil Approach Procedural Controller, Civil Aerodrome Controller, Military Weapons Controller, Military Area Radar Controller, Military Terminal Radar Controller, Military Terminal Aerodrome Controller.

The Bottom Line

Whether you are currently taking part in a lower-level Travel and Logistics apprenticeship or are completely new to the sector, the Level 5 apprenticeship is filled with opportunities to grow your skill set to kickstart your new career. However, if you are looking for other apprenticeships in the Travel and Logistics sector please take a look at our other apprenticeships available in this area here.

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Level 2 – Furniture Manufacturer Apprenticeship

Are you passionate about making, building, and restoring statement features? Free your creativity with a Furniture Manufacturer Apprenticeship. You will have the opportunity to work in an industry that has an annual turnover more than £12 billion! Carry on reading to find out if this apprenticeship is for you.

Key Responsibilities Of A Furniture Manufacturer 

The furniture, furnishings and interiors industry is significant to the UK economy. It is essential for the apprentice to work to agreed targets of output and quality standards. You should have a good work ethic, be able to work effectively, independently and be able to work as part of a team.

Job Titles 

The Level 2 Furniture Manufacturer Apprenticeship will help you to develop a wide range of key skills appropriate to the different occupations in the industry. This apprenticeship covers some of the following occupational areas – General furniture manufacturer, Bed manufacturer, Modern upholsterer, Furniture maker, Furniture designer, Cabinet maker, Mattress maker, Headboard maker and Divan maker. The apprentice will take the route that is best suited to the business they work in. Workplaces can be wide ranging from small workshops to large factories.

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Furniture Manufacturer Knowledge, Behaviours & Skills 

Core requirements of a level 2 Furniture Manufacturer consist of KSB’s (knowledge, skills, and behaviours). Some of the following qualities will be required to ensure success in your future role as well as being able to meet the company’s targets. Here are some of the key required knowledge: 

  • Industry – Knowledge and understanding of the general background of the furniture industry.
  • Organisation – Knowledge and understanding of the company you are working in.
  • Materials – Knowledge and understanding of industry materials.
  • Customers – Understanding customer expectations.
  • Quality Standards – Know the quality standards which apply to the products and how to check that these have been met.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the relevant health, safety and environmental requirements and regulations. Also understanding sustainability within the industry.

Here are some of the key required skills: 

  • Maintain tools and equipment – Perform regular maintenance tasks on machinery, tools and equipment used.
  • Problem solving – Identify issues quickly, solve problems and apply appropriate solutions.
  • Achieve quality and output targets – High attention to detail, must monitor and check work meets specifications.
  • Health and Safety – Comply with health, safety and environmental requirements, relevant regulations, and industry standards/codes of practice at all times.

Here are some of the key required behaviours:

  • Collaboration and Adaptability – Listen, learn and accept changing priorities and working requirements. Work effectively with others in a team whilst maintaining effective professional working.
  • Time Management – Ability to complete work to a schedule.
  • Pride in the workplace – Organise workspace for efficiency and effectiveness.

English & Maths

For apprentices that have not yet achieved Level 2 English and Maths, they must achieve this level during their apprenticeship, prior to taking their EPA (End Point Assessment).

Furniture Manufacturer Assessment Overview 

Typically, the duration of this apprenticeship is 24 months to complete. This duration may differ depending on the candidate’s progression. Assessment methods consist of the apprentice’s portfolio of work, knowledge tests and observations in areas such as health and safety, occupational area skill, knowledge, and behaviours.


The Level 2 Furniture Manufacturer is an excellent starting point for anyone looking to pursue a career within the industry. The knowledge, skills and behaviours within this apprenticeship will not only be transferable but will also open a range of opportunities. It will give you the chance to learn on the job, start your career, and progress within the sector. Do you think this apprenticeship is for you? Apply today!

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Level 6 – Control / Technical Support Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

Are you passionate about solving difficult problems? Let your creativity be free with a Control / Technical Support Engineer degree apprenticeship. You will learn and earn on the job whilst working towards becoming a Technical Engineering Graduate all debt-free!

Career progression & Recognised Professionally

This standard has been designed to meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for initial registration as an Engineering Technician (Eng Tech) in partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Further professional development and registration is subject to candidates successfully completing the appropriate learning, developing the appropriate competence, and undergoing professional review.

Apprenticeship Jobs & Entry Criteria

The Level 6 Control / Technical Support Engineer Apprenticeship will help you to develop a range of key skills in technical, engineering, and manufacturing. This will help unlock paths for your future job prospects! The typical job titles include Control support engineer, Technical support engineer, and Maintenance technician. The average salary for Technical Support Engineer jobs is £37,500!

If this sounds like something you are interested in doing then you can apply to enroll now! This can be done if you are eligible to meet the minimum entry requirements. Most requirements are set by employers however this can differ. It is also important that you can try to gain work experience as a volunteer or being able to set a great impression in an interview otherwise.

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. In order to optimise success candidates will typically have 5 GCSE’s at Grade C or above, including Mathematics, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject, as well as A Levels at grade C or above in both a Mathematical based subject and a Science, Technology, Engineering or additional Mathematics related subject, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC at level 3.

English & Maths

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

Key Responsibilities of a Control Technical Support Engineer Apprenticeship

Control technical support engineer primarily assists in the smooth running of manufacturing activity in activities such as site maintenance. Typically they work closely with other production roles in a fast-paced and cost-conscious manufacturing environment, where complex problem-solving is key.

Duration of This Apprenticeship

Typically the duration of this apprenticeship is 5 to 6 years. This duration may differ depending on the candidate with previous relevant experience and/or already part qualified. Alternatively, this may also be a progression route from a relevant advanced apprenticeship.

Core Competencies of a Control / Technical Support Engineer Apprentice

You will need to develop a strong grasp of core engineering skills. This will not just benefit you in being able to demonstrate work tasks efficiently but be able to transfer your skills elsewhere and build on them even further. The skills that are required are:

  • Complying with statutory regulations and stringent organisational safety requirements
  • Using and interpreting a range of engineering data sources and supporting documentation
  • Understanding key performance indicators and using lean techniques to improve efficiency and effectiveness
  • Supporting installation, testing and commissioning of a wide range of equipment as needed
  • Carrying out complex fault diagnosis and repair on high technology-engineered systems
  • Maintaining mechanical, fluid and pneumatic power equipment
  • Maintaining electrical, electronic and process control equipment
  • Minimising machinery downtime by carrying out preventative planned maintenance
  • Confirmation testing and subsequent smooth handover of equipment and plan
  • Leading complex maintenance or technical support activities
  • Carrying out testing and calibration of instrumentation control equipment
  • Carrying out maintenance activities on electrical equipment.

This may seem a lot more complex however these are main objectives/competencies you will need to hit within the duration of your apprenticeship.

The Apprentice’s Behaviour & Attitude Towards Work

It is vital for the apprentice to have a set mindset and attitude especially in a modern high value engineering industries. This will ensure success in both your current and future roles as well as being able to meet the company’s targets. These are some of the key required behaviour:

  • Having a safety mindset as you will be working in high level risky activities
  • A strong work ethic
  • Problem Solving Orientation
  • Independent, Adaptablility, Team Player
  • Clear Communicator  
  • Applies Lean Manufacturing Principles
  • Commitment, Quality Focus, Self-Motivation

Control / Technical Support Engineer Exams & Knowledge

As a Control / Technical Support Engineer; it is important to be up to date with all the necessary knowledge. The apprentice would complete a HND or Foundation Degree which would provide the foundation stage of the knowledge elements in the competence qualification. This will support you further in understanding the requirements to operate effectively and efficiently at a high level within this sector of work. As a core the engineer needs to cover around 960 academic Guided Learning Hours, in order to have a solid grasp of:

  • Analytical, mathematic and scientific methods for engineers
  • Project design, implementation and evaluation
  • Instrumentation and control principles and applications
  • Mechanical, electrical, electronic, process control and digital principles and applications
  • Applications of pneumatics and hydraulics
  • Health, safety and risk assessment in engineering
  • Industrial control systems and applications
  • Materials and manufacturing processes
  • Product improvement and engineering project management

To confirm that you do understand this information and knowledge covered in your apprenticeship; you will need to:

  1. Complete all exams and assessments required to complete this apprenticeship
  2. A complete summative portfolio of evidence for your real work
  3. Synoptic project
  4. Show completion of required OTJ hours
  5. EPA interview

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Level 4 Fire Safety Apprenticeship

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If you are here, the chances are you are looking for an apprenticeship in protective services, well if you are an ambitious, aspiring professional, with a passion for social responsibility and community becoming a Fire Safety Inspector could be your next career move. If you want to find out more about what it takes, how to apply and where a level 4 apprenticeship can take you – read on.

What does it take to come a Fire Safety Apprentice: Entry Requirements, Pathways and Outcomes

The Level 4 Fire Safety Apprenticeship will allow professionals to build their careers. Or take your career to the next level in protective services. This apprenticeship will give you a portfolio of skills. These are based around government and council legislation, consultancy, compliance laws, and stakeholder management alongside much more. The exhaustive list of skills taught through this apprenticeship is available on the institute for apprenticeship’s website. These skills will give you a great knowledge and broaden your professional experience. This apprenticeship is a great stepping stone into a strong career as a Fire Safety Officer or any position in the protective services and forces.

According to recruitment boards and sites like indeed, is you niche your career in the fire safety direction, starting as a Level 4 Fire Safety Apprentice, you can expect a starting salary of £18,000. Reaching up-to approximately £60,000, with a few years of experience. This is based on salaries across the UK. In terms of entry requirements the biggest factors that lead to success are a strong work ethic, a drive for progression and GCSE’s in maths and english (above Grade 4/C).

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A day in the life: What you can expect to do as a Fire Safety Apprentice

As a fire safety apprenticeship you can expect an average day at work doing the following:

  • Working with the community and stakeholders
  • Assess Risks and potential hazards
  • Responding to complaints and appeals to fire safety verdicts
  • Setting up action plans with partner agencies to make sure agencies engage with local legislation and fire safety protocols
  • Advice, consultancy and collaboration
  • Identify high risk building and areas for fires in various communities
  • Studying policy and legislation for continuous professional development

A hand pinning and examining documents. Similar to the paperwork and planning documents Fire Safety Officers have to work with.

Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours: How to pass this apprenticeship

To round off all things, Fire Safety Apprenticeships, here are some of the key competencies. Competencies are the assessment criteria and learning points for apprentices. These will be gained over a 24-month period. 24 months is the average duration for this apprenticeship. See below ApprenticeTip’s view on the most important competencies:

  • Key Knowledge Points are based around:
    • Primary Authority Scheme
    • Legislation Understanding
    • Fire Risk Assessment process
    • How to work with other agencies to enforce fire safety legislation
  • Skills
    • Auditing and Inspecting
    • Communicating with other agencies
    • Working with other agencies in good timing in the formal way
    • Evaluate fire safety design submissions and fire protection systems
  • Behaviours
    • Maintains a confident, controlled and focused attitude in highly challenging situations
    • Commits to develop self, individuals, teams and others, to improve organisational effectiveness
    • Applies relevant information to make appropriate decisions and creates practical solutions

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Level 5 – Dental Technician Apprenticeship.


Level 5 Dental Apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship Duration

36 Months.

Role Summary

Dental Technicians are responsible for designing, creating and modifying cosmetic dental appliances such as crowns, bridges and dentures. Dental technicians work closely with dentists to produce this under prescription from dentists within a dental laboratory. Typically, most dental labs specialise in particular areas. Within the Level 5 Dental Technician apprenticeship, you will gain proficiency for all areas as part of the role.

Dental Technicians combine scientific knowledge with engineering precision to create and deliver the highest quality dental appliances. The role requires attention to detail, artistry and dexterity.

All Dental Technicians are professionals who work in accordance with the General Dental Council (GDC) Scope of practice

Dental Technicians are expected to adhere to professional directive and work with dental practitioner’s.

Skills Gained

Dental Technicians will learn the following:

  • Knowledge of Oral Anatomy and Dental Physiology
  • Experience in designing dental devices to counter physiological problems
  • Prosthetic Device Manufacture
  • Conservation Device Manufacture
  • Designing orthodontic appliances and producing models for braces, retainers and other orthodontic equipment.
  • Assessment of finished models for quality checking, safeguarding and optimisation prior to being released for dental practitioner prescription and patient use.

Entry Requirements

Specific Requirements will vary based on individual employers. Typically, eligible candidates will possess A-levels or suitable Level 3 qualifications. General experience may also be considered as a substitute. Employers who train apprentices without English and Math’s GCSE at Grade 5 or above must ensure that the apprentice achieves this during their apprenticeship prior to course completion.


Successful candidates will be awarded with the Level 5 Foundation Degree Science in Dental Technology.

Level 5 Operations or Departmental Manager Apprenticeship

Do you enjoy leading teams and meeting results? Or are you involved in management and looking to expand your knowledge and skill set? If so, the Operations or Departmental Manager apprenticeship may be ideal for you. Sound appealing? Continue reading to learn more and determine if this is the right path for you.

Introduction to the role

An operations/departmental manager is in charge of contributing to the planning process, developing and implementing operational plans, overseeing projects, leading and managing teams, handling change, financial and resource management, talent acquisition, and providing employees support through guidance and coaching.

You would report to a higher-level manager or business owner. This position could be an operations manager, a regional manager, a divisional manager, a department manager, or a specialist manager.

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Entry Requirements

Each business will determine the entry criteria for this apprenticeship, however normally five GCSEs at Grade C or above are required.

Knowledge and Skill

Additionally, there are a few other knowledge, skills, and behaviours that might be useful for this profession; however, the majority of them will be acquired through structured education and put to use in the workplace.

Organisational Performance

  Knowledge Skills
Operational Management – Understanding the concepts and models, such as developing plans, which build up operational management.
– Understanding different tools and strategies for company growth.
– Understanding the technique used for business planning, including resource management, sales and marketing plan development, goal setting and assessing performance.
– Knowledge of the management procedures, tools and planning for contingency.
– Understanding how to manage chance by recognising and dealing with hurdles.
– Know how to handle and secure data and how to use technology effectively.
– Able to contribute to strategic planning and develop plans that correspond with organisational goals.
– Assist, manage, and communicate change by recognizing and removing obstacles.
– Show that you are commercially aware and are able to spot and seize fresh possibilities.
– Making and executing operational plans, which includes establishing KPIs and tracking performance against them.
– Putting together reports and giving management information based on the collection, evaluation, and interpretation of data
Project Management – Understand process management and be able to set up and manage a project using the appropriate tools and approaches.
– Recognize the various risk management strategies.
– Plan, coordinate, and manage resources to produce desired results.
– Follow developments, identify risks, and take steps to mitigate them.
– Be able to use the appropriate project management tools.
Finance – Know how to handle budgets and perform financial forecasting. – Capable of monitoring budgets and reporting on them, as well as considering the financial implications of decisions and adjusting approach and recommendations accordingly.

Interpersonal Excellence

  Knowledge Skills
Leading People – Recognize various leadership styles, how to manage team leaders and lead various remote teams.
– Be able to inspire individuals and help them do better by helping them through coaching and mentoring techniques.
– Recognize the impact of organisational diversity and cultures on initiating and managing change.
– Understand effective delegation methods.
– Capable of communicating the organization’s vision and goals, as well as how these apply to teams.
– Encourage development by coaching and mentoring and enable and support high-performance work.
– Capable of assisting with the management of organisational development.
Managing People – Understand how to lead and grow productive teams.
– Learn how to recruit and develop people, as well as performance management strategies and talent management frameworks.
– Capable of managing talent and performance
– Create, build, and encourage teams by recognising and facilitating development within the workplace.
– Capable of delegating and aiding delivery through others.
Building Relationships – Recognize strategies for managing relationships with partners, stakeholders, and suppliers, including negotiation, influence, and successful networking.
– Having an understanding of how to share best practises and collaborate in a way that allows for delivery through others
– Understand how to resolve disputes at all levels.
– Capable of establishing trust, negotiating and influencing effectively, and managing conflict.
– Capable of identifying and sharing best practises, as well as working collaboratively with others both inside and outside the organisation.
– To meet goals, use specialised advice and support.
Communication – Recognize interpersonal skills, various communication methods (verbal, written, non-verbal, and digital), and how to use them effectively. – Able to communicate clearly and using a variety of styles (verbal, nonverbal, written, and digital).
– Capable of running meetings and giving presentations utilising a variety of media.
– Use of active listening skills, being able to challenge and offer helpful criticism.

Personal Effectiveness

  Knowledge Skills
Self Awareness – Know your personal impact and emotional capacity.
– Recognize various behavioural and learning styles.
– Capable of reflecting on one’s own efficiency, work manner, and its effect on others.
Management of Self – Learn time management strategies and tools, how to set priorities for your work, and how to apply a variety of planning tactics, including handling numerous projects. – Able to design a plan for personal growth.
– The application of time management and prioritisation strategies.
Decision Making – Know how to solve problems and make decisions, including how to analyse data.
– Recognize the influence of organisational ethics and values on decision-making.
– Able to conduct evaluation and critical analysis to assist decision-making
– Application of efficient problem-solving methods


Behaviour Description
Takes Responsibility – Motivation to succeed in all aspects of job.
– Shows resiliency and responsibility.
– Perseverance in handling challenging circumstances.
– Seeks out fresh possibilities.
Inclusive – Being approachable, genuine, and able to develop connections with others.
– Seeks out and values diversity in opinions.
Agile – Adaptable to the organization’s demands.
– Is inventive, imaginative, and persistent when looking for answers to business problems.
– Positive and flexible, able to adjust well to criticism and the need for change.
– Open to new approaches to work.
Professionalism – Fair, dependable, and unbiased; sets an example.
– Honest and upfront.
– Maintains organisational values

Additional Information

  • Usually, this apprenticeship lasts for two and a half years.
  • Before undertaking the end-point assessment, apprentices without level 2 English and math will need to obtain it.
  • After completing the programme, apprentices can become full members of the Chartered Management Institute and/or the Institute of Leadership and Management. Those with three years of management experience can also apply to the CMI for Chartered Manager status.


The Level 5 Operations or Departmental Management apprenticeship, in summary, is a terrific way to advance your knowledge and abilities alongside gaining access to a wide range of opportunities with the CMI chartered manager title.

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