Beauty & Makeup Consultant Apprenticeship Level 2

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Are you the kind of person who loves recommending beauty products to friends? Are you seeking a career in beauty and makeup? If so, read on and discover how a level 2 beauty and makeup consultant apprenticeship will help you get started in the beauty and makeup industry!

Jobs and entry criteria for the Level 2 Beauty & Makeup Apprenticeship Course

The beauty & makeup consultant apprenticeship provides the chance for you to gain the knowledge and skills needed to demonstrate, promote and recommend the use, benefits and application of different retail beauty products, including make-up, skincare, nail care and perfumery. In the UK, a qualified beauty & makeup consultant can earn an average of £22k per year and possibly more with experience. Money is not everything! Through this apprenticeship you will learn a wide range of skills that will open up a variety of career opportunities in the beauty idustry. So get started now and future proof your career by acquiring a level 2 beauty & makeup consultant apprenticeship qualification!

The minimum requirement for this apprenticeship is English and maths Level 3; however, if you don’t have these qualifications, we will help you achieve them! Those who do not have a level 1 qualification will need to obtain this level and pass the level 2 test before taking the End-Point Assessment. This means everyone has the chance to succeed in this apprenticeship!

What are the responsibilities of a Beauty & Makeup Consultant Apprentice?

The position of a Beauty and makeup consultant typically revolves in working in a department store or retail environment. As a retail beauty consultant, they should use their knowledge to demonstrate, promote and recommend the use of different retail beauty products including makeup, skincare, nail care and more, while explaining the benefits and applications of each one. In this position, they should work by their company’s rules as well as brand guidelines like pricing and promotional structures. The ideal candidate should be able to work effectively as part of a team with also the ability to operate independently, supported by a store manager, to provide excellent customer service and care in a fast-paced work environment, working to achieve company targets. They should be curious, eager and enthusiastic to learn more in their career, maintaining continuous professional development.

Watch this video from Boots for a more in depth look at a position like this.

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Level 2 Beauty & Makeup Consultant Details of standard

During your time as an apprentice, you will carry out duties in accordance with standards that should be observed. Some examples of these standards are:

  • Advises and demonstrates products to customers
  • Maintains and manages a work area
  • Completes promotional activities
  • Selects and demonstrates a range of techniques, products, tools and equipment to promote and sell a range of beauty retail products to customers
  • Instructs in the use and application of skincare products and makeup
  • Completes services to a high standard, maintaining customer confidentiality and rights
  • Implements and practices safe ways of working for themselves and others in accordance with legal and organisational requirements
  • Portrays professionalism that meets the beauty retail industry and organisational requirements
  • Meets beauty retail image and etiquette to be a brand ambassador

Good behaviour qualities you need as a Beauty & Makeup Consultant

  • Personal and professional ethics: demonstrates a commitment to quality, maintains honesty, integrity and confidentiality that meets industry standards
  • Flexible and positive attitude: Adapts positively to changing work priorities and patterns when new tasks need to be completed or requirements change
  • Maintain customer care principles and practices: show customers respect at all times and in all circumstances, demonstrate customer empathy, sensitivity and awareness

Additional Apprenticeship Information

What is the duration of the apprenticeship?

A minimum of 12 months

What qualification will I achieve?

A Level 2 Diploma for Beauty Professionals – Beauty and make-up consultant

Conclusion

As you can see, the level 2 beauty and makeup consultant apprenticeship is an excellent starting point for anyone looking to pursue a career in beauty. Apprenticeships open doors to a wide range of job opportunities. As an apprentice, you will be paid as you progress and opportunities will present themselves to advance your career. Some employers are interested in using apprenticeships to better understand how their employees learn and progress. If you commit to a future profession in beauty, there could be many more great job opportunities for you!

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Tramway Construction Operative Apprenticeship [Level 2]

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Level 2 Tramway Construction Operative – You will set up and maintain the construction of tramways

Have you just finished school and looking to start a new career in the construction sector? Do you love having hands-on experience and enjoy working outdoors? If so, then you may be suited for a Level 2 Apprenticeship as a Tramway Construction Operative. Read on to see if this role is right for you. This guide will give you an overview of what to expect and qualifications you will need.

What is a Tramway Construction Operative?

A Tramway Constructive Operative plays a crucial role in the construction industry. This course typically lasts 18 months. This apprenticeship involves a high standard of technical work relating to the construction and renewal of the Tramway the environment. A typical day might consist of setting up and maintaining a temporary traffic management system. Additional duties also include carrying out site clearance activities; the removal of waste and reusable items. Using a range of handheld tools and equipment is key in this role. Do you enjoy interacting with a range of people? As an apprentice, you will meet people from various parts of the sector, such as engineers, designers and councils. As a result, you will get exposure to different construction methods, gaining transferable skills essential to any role! You can also check out some more construction apprenticeship roles on offer.

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Level 2 Tramway Construction Operative – You will be responsible for the renewal of tramways

What Skills Can I Gain From an Apprenticeship?

Skills

  • Planing and installing traffic systems, barriers and walkways
  • Supporting construction renewal activities
  • Communicating with teams and also being the central point for any questions and queries
  • Working in accordance with health and safety regulations

Knowledge

  • The tramway environment, including history, customers, structures
  • The principles of civil engineering
  • Construction and inspection methods and techniques
  • Safe working practices and code of conduct

Behaviours

  • Professionalism
  • Customer Service
  • Confident in taking accountability and questioning methods
  • Reliable and dependable

What Do I Need?

Level 1 and 2 English and Mathematics is required for this apprenticeship. You will need to take Level 2 English and Mathematics before your EPA, if you do not have this. Additionally, a knowledge of the tramway environment is desirable. Specifically, understanding how pedestrianised and traffic areas relate to each other. Communication skills are essential as you will be liaising with various stakeholders throughout your role.

How Much Does a Tramway Construction Operative Earn?

The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £4.81 per hour. However, upon completing your first year, you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage rate for your age. Typically, a Tramway Construction Operative earns around £36,000 annually.

Interested?

This Level 2 Tramway Construction Operative apprenticeship is a great way to kick-start your construction career. You will also gain the essential skills and qualifications to help develop yourself and your future.

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Level 2 Piling Attendant Apprenticeship

This Level 2 Piling Attendant Apprenticeship includes assisting in driving, boring and forming piles in the ground to provide support for building and structures. The apprentice will train in the practice of pushing concrete, metal or wooden posts into the ground. Progression from this apprenticeship could lead to further work within the construction industry.

Piling Rig

Level 2 Piling Attendant Apprenticeship Details

  • Job Role: Level 2 Piling Attendant Apprenticeship
  • Duration: 18 – 24 Months
  • Maximum Funding: £15,000
  • Apprenticeship Level: Level 2

Key Responsibilities

The apprentice will assist with supporting piling plant machine operatives and specialist piling operatives by performing tasks such as; loading and unloading, handling and moving materials, preparation, measuring, marking and cutting materials, monitoring and reporting progress. On completion of this apprenticeship, Piling Attendants will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Working Safely on Site
  • Contributing to Sustainable Practice
  • Manually Handle Loads
  • Carrying out User Maintenance on Tools and Machinery
  • Guiding and Controlling Movement of Vehicles
  • Operating Powered Tools Including Concrete Pumps, Generators and Compressors Agitators
  • Monitoring Delivery of Concrete and Take Samples for Testing
  • Transporting, Handling, Pouring, Positioning and Laying Concrete
  • Applying First Aid
  • Identifying Excavated Soils and Rock Types

The apprentice will also need to support one of the following:

  • Continuous Flight Auger: A flight augering drill used to excavate a hole where concrete is injected through a hollow shaft under pressure as the auger is extracted. This will create a continuous pile without leaving any holes open.
  • Rotary Large Diameter: Use of a bored piling machine with drilling tools, buckets and grabs to remove soil and rock. The auger is bored into the ground, withdrawn and spoil removed. This is repeated until design depth is reached and reinforced with concrete.
  • Driven – Pre-Cast: Metal or concrete piles are top-driven using hydraulic drop hammers. The concrete piles are pre-cast and designed for compression and bending.
  • Sheet or Vibro: Vibratory pile hammers contain counter-rotating eccentric weights powered by hydraulic motors. They are designed to cancel out horizontal vibrations and transmit vertical vibrations into the pile. The pile driving machine is positioned over the pile and fastened. Vibratory hammers can drive in or extract piles.

Level 2 Piling Attendant Apprenticeship Core Competencies

As part of the job role, the apprentice will carry out duties that will satisfy a number of competencies. Examples include:

  • Principles of Health, Safety Welfare and Environmentally Responsible Work Practices
  • Operatives Responsibilities Under Current Legislation
  • Communication and Following Organisational Procedures
  • Supporting Piling Operations
  • Interpreting Information from Drawings, Method Statements, Risk Assessments, Manufacturers Information, Work Schedules and Specifications
  • Handling and Moving Loads Manually with Mechanical Aids
  • Maintaining Tools, Plant, Machinery, lifting Accessories and Equipment
  • Specific Requirements for Operating Plant, Machinery and Equipment
  • Complying with Quality Requirements
  • Sample Taking
  • Techniques and Requirements of Piling Processing
  • Recognising Changes in Geology
  • Reacting in an Emergency

This standard has been designed in order to deliver sufficient competence, knowledge and understanding in the job role. This also allows individuals to learn the requirements of construction industry registration schemes.

Man and Woman on Construction Site

Exams and Qualifications

Individuals without their Level 1 English and Level 1 Mathematics will be required to achieve this level. They will also take the test for Level 2 English and Mathematics before their End Point Assessment. Individuals who undertake this standard will achieve the Level 2 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Piling Operations.

Progression from this apprenticeship can lead to the Level 3 in Specialist Piling Operations or with great experience within the construction industry. On successful completion of the Level 2 standard, Level 3 offers the roles of a Piling Rig Operator, Mud Plant Operative, Tremie Operative or Charge Hand.

As well as gaining qualifications, this apprenticeship also teaches behavioural skills such as:

  • Effective Communication: Oral, Written and Electronic
  • Respect: Knowledge of Equality and Diversity
  • Team Work: Working Effectively and Safely with Others
  • Independence: Taking Responsibility for Individual Work
  • Logical Thinking: Valid Reasoning when Making Decisions
  • Working Effectively: Undertaking Work in a Safe and Productive Manner
  • Time Management: Using Time Effectively and Completing Work
  • Adaptability: Adjusting to Instruction Changes
  • Assertiveness: Resisting Pressures to Work Following Unsafe Practices

Conclusion

This Level 2 Piling Attendant Apprenticeship provides a great foundation for those wanting to pursue a career within the construction industry. This course offers the necessary skills to advance your career and have a prosperous future ahead in this career.

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Level 2 – Fencing Installer Apprenticeship

Role Overview

There’s much more to fence installation than you might think. A fencing installer has a lot of responsibilities. With the potential to operate in a variety of different environments, from commercial to residential, it will mean that no two days are the same. Due to the mass diversity in the industry, there are multiple opportunities available to anyone looking to start a fencing installer apprenticeship.

A fence installer does much more than placing down fencing. They are required to inspect locations and determine suitable areas to work in. They must also be able to recommend appropriate fencing materials that can be used for the build, ensuring these are all treated to withstand all weather conditions. Along with all this, a fence installer must also follow all health and safety guidelines.

Then, during the project, the installer must level out the ground the fence is being installed on. Once this has been achieved, they need to dig out the areas for the fencing to sit. To do this they use an array of tools including both handheld and/or mechanical excavators. They will then fix posts that are made from materials such as wood, vinyl and metal to the base. 

Fencing Installer Apprenticeship Overview

The fencing installer apprenticeship lasts 18 months, during which the apprentice will learn the skills and knowledge needed to kick-start their journey into the industry of fence installation. This apprenticeship standard comes with maximum funding of £8,000 and could earn the apprentice a level 2 qualification in fence installation. The EQA provider is the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. Throughout the 18 months, the apprentice will deal with a combination of practical and classroom-based learning.  

Why Apprenticeships?

As opposed to sitting in a classroom all day, a government apprenticeship offers valuable first-hand experience and skills in your desired industry. You will always be adding to your CV as the apprenticeship progresses, making you a more desirable candidate for any future roles you apply for. Whilst accruing the skills and knowledge of your industry of choice, you will also be earning a respectable wage.  

Perhaps you’re looking to further develop your skills in an industry you are currently working in. Although you may have your foot in the door you might be thinking about creating more opportunities for yourself and an apprenticeship can help you develop new skills as well as improve those you already have. Or maybe you need some further qualifications to make yourself an appropriate candidate for a promotion.  

No matter the reason, there is an apprenticeship for you. Here we take a deep dive into the Level 2 Fencing Installer apprenticeship.  

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Skills  

The skills the apprentice will learn and develop: 

  • Communication 
  • Interpersonal 
  • Operate and control a variety of equipment/tools 
  • Customer service 
  • Quality control 
  • How to treat different materials 
  • The difference between fence components 
  • Carrying our risk assessments  
  • Follow health and safety guidelines 
  • Reading plans and briefs 

Knowledge 

The knowledge the apprentice will gain: 

  • Safety conscious behaviour  
  • Differences between materials and their pros and cons 
  • The purpose of the different types of fences 
  • Storing and handling different materials and tools 
  • Reading and interpreting measurements 
  • Treating and repairing different materials 

Behaviours 

  • Strong work ethic, making sure the best service is being provided 
  • Must be able to use their own initiative when making decisions 
  • Good time management 
  • Work sensibly and safely to comply with guidelines 
  • Must be able to work to a high standard independently and as a team 
  • Attention to detail 

Future Jobs

Some of the opportunities a fencing installer apprenticeship can lead to: 

  • Work towards a degree apprenticeship 
  • Self-employment, creating a new firm 
  • Lead installer 
  • Contract management 
  • Landscaping 
  • Construction labourer 

There are also a variety of different industries: 

  • Domestic 
  • Agricultural 
  • Commercial 
  • Security 
  • Infrastructure 

Potential Salary 

Throughout the 18 months an apprentice can expect to receive a weekly wage of anywhere from £129 – £300+ a week, depending on the hours worked and the employer. After the apprenticeship, the average salary for a starter fence installer is £18,000 a year. 

Entry Requirements 

As this is a level 2 apprenticeship, there is only one requirement that requires the applicant to be over the age of 16.  

Qualifications 

By the end of the apprenticeship, the apprentice must have both Level 1 and 2 English and Math qualifications. This will be required before entering the end-point assessment. The apprentice will also gather enough knowledge to help meet the requirements of the Fencing Industry Skill Standard/Construction Skills Certification Scheme (FISS/CSCS).  

Conclusion 

If you’re someone who loves working outdoors and always taking on new challenges then a fencing installation apprenticeship is the one for you. If you’d like to learn more about the role then click here

Perhaps you don’t quite see yourself becoming a fence installer but like the sound of working outdoors, take a look at these other engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships

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Why an engineering ductwork installer apprenticeship?

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Are you ambitious and looking for a challenge? Does installing and maintaining ductwork systems in large industrial and commercial buildings interest you? Does learning an impactful skillset with transferable skills and earning whilst you’re at it catch your eye? Becoming a building services engineering ductwork installer apprentice is the perfect role for you. Not only will you be gaining knowledge but you’ll be working in the field with professionals in the field. Continue reading to find out how this role can help you kickstart your career in construction.

Level 2 Building Services Engineering Ductwork Installer Apprenticeship

The building services engineering role is a specialist branch of engineering within the construction sector. Your job role will consist of assembling, installing, pre-commissioning, testing and repairing ductwork made from a wide range of materials. You will learn the technical side to the role such as installing ductwork systems components whilst also working on your soft skills such as communication, using oral, written and electronic methods to communicate information with work colleagues, other tradespeople, clients’ representatives, supervisors, and other members of the building services engineering and wider construction team.

It is unlikely that individuals entering this apprenticeship without previous experience will complete the apprenticeship in less than 24 months, not including your end point assessment.. You will earn up to £15,000 as a starting wage with a potential to earn £26,000 upon completion. Ductwork installer apprentices will have to have a  minimum of a level 1 maths and English qualification where you will have to take an examination for the level 2. This apprenticeship will have a competence based assessment where you will sit a knowledge test and an observed skilled test. The Knowledge Test will use a multiple-choice questions format to assess underpinning applied knowledge in all elements of the standard. The observed skill test will be used to confirm that the apprentice can work safely and contribute to the planning, installation, testing, maintenance, fault diagnosis and repair of the ductwork installation, to the specified standards, within a stated timescale.

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Responsibilities as a ductwork installer apprentice

You will need to work safely by applying relevant safety legislation, codes of practice and safe working practices to self and others in working environments. You will be held accountable for your work and need to solve problems within your scope of responsibility. You won’t always be under close supervision and be expected to maintain and enhance competence in your own area to fuel your personal development. You will need to be versatile and adaptable as you’ll work within new build construction sites and existing buildings.

A ductwork installer’s key responsibilities are to provide clean air and/or remove used air, and move temperature controlled air around the inside of buildings as part of a building’s ventilation and life safety systems. They work in a variety of environments such as office blocks, factories, schools, airports and hospitals. You will also need to prepare work areas in new and existing sites to undertake allocated ductwork component installation work tasks.

Conclusion

This apprenticeship is perfect for someone that is trying to begin their career in construction. A level 2 qualification in Building Services Engineering is a great foundation. Not only will you be learning valuable skills that could lead you to multiple avenues, you’ll be earning a wage on top with a chance of progression. You will be given the guidance and knowledge from industry professionals but also have the responsibility and accountability which are skills where you will benefit in any position you progress on to.

Ready to make the move and accelerate your career in construction? Apply here.

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Is the Level 2 Recruitment Resourcer apprenticeship right for you?

You’re naturally outgoing and work well under pressure. You’re not drawn to any particular industry. You just know you want to work with people. Sound about right? Then the Level 2 Recruitment Resourcer apprenticeship could be perfect for you.

Working in recruitment allows you to meet a huge variety of people – and challenge yourself to figure out how to match candidates with roles and managers.

Recruiters can either work for a specific company to recruit for all sections of the business, or for recruitment agencies where they might specialise in a certain sector.

What does a Recruitment Resourcer do?

  • Shortlist candidates for any given role, including researching, identifying and contacting them.
  • Communicate any business opportunities to a recruiter.
  • Adhere to legislation and carry out relevant processes in accordance with industry best practice and codes of ethics.

Do I have the skills for the Recruitment Resourcer role?

There are three main skill areas which are important:

Communication

  • Good listening and asking the right questions
  • Customer focused attitude – emphasis on ethical decision making

Organisation

  • Ability to prioritise tasks
  • Attention to detail
  • Self motivated – can work to a deadline

Attitude

  • Resilient – able to work under pressure
  • Able to make decisions and escalate where necessary
  • Ambitious and driven

What will I learn on this apprenticeship?

We’ve established that you have the core skills which you can build on as you learn. Some of those things might come more naturally than others, but that’s why you’re learning on the job!

Each aspect of the apprenticeship will add to your knowledge. But what exactly will you be learning?

The highlights include:

  • The attraction and selection process for suitable candidates
  • Recruitment sales techniques
  • How to assess a candidate using Key Performance Indicators
  • How to build relationships with candidates and how to maintain them
  • Various research methods, including quantitative and qualitative
  • The principles of recruitment models and how they operate in the industry
  • Employee rights and responsibilities – emphasis on equality, diversity and inclusion

The more technical skills include:

  • Write adverts, as well as place them, according to company procedures
  • Manage and develop candidate relationships
  • Identify and progress any leads for potential candidates
  • Support candidates with any enquiries
  • Provide feedback in a professional way
  • Record candidate and client information accurately using the recruitment database
  • Screen applications and ensure they are processed properly

The wonderful thing about an apprenticeship is that you can start to put your skills to use immediately. You could learn the theory of relationship management one week, and the next you’ll be building a professional bond with a candidate.

What happens after the apprenticeship?

You have two options – a higher level apprenticeship, or a job. If you fit in really well with your company, you might want to apply for a permanent job with them. However, if you were to complete a level 3 apprenticeship in recruitment consultancy, you would be eligible for registration at the Institute of Recruitment Professionals or Institute of Recruiters. Find out more about what that means here.

Recruitment Resourcer Apprenticeship FAQs

How much do recruiters earn?

The average annual salary for a recruitment role is around £27k, while the average entry level annual salary starts at £18k. This can go up to £45k, depending on your progression. As you grow and develop your skills, you will be able to try different types of recruitment roles.

What qualifications will I get from this apprenticeship?

As well as having gained experience in a professional environment, you will gain the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Recruitment Resourcing
  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Recruitment Resourcing

Note: Apprentices must achieve at least level 2 English and Maths prior to taking their EPA (End Point Assessment)

Catering Apprenticeship – Commis Chef (Level 2)

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Kickstart your career in the catering industry with a Level 2 Commis Chef apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are becoming more and more popular, proving that they are not just an option for school leavers. As a Commis Chef, you could work in a variety of different places. This could include hotels, restaurants, cruise ships, hospitals or even in a military establishment. You would spend 12 months working as part of a large team, including but not limited to chefs of all seniorities, front of house staff, suppliers, and customers. During your apprenticeship you will gain invaluable skills, learning how to follow recipes to produce food of an excellent standard, as well as learning the importance of teamwork in all areas of the industry.

You will work as part of the kitchen brigade ensuring quality standards of the food are met and food safety management documentation is complete. Although Commis Chef’s may work unsociable hours, they will always be supervised in their work, reporting to a senior chef.

Key responsibilities for a Level 2 Commis Chef Apprenticeship

As a Commis Chef Apprentice, you will be responsible for a number of duties that will contribute to your knowledge of the industry. Please see below examples of what this could entail:

  • The apprentice will work with other members of the team to produce high quality dishes, ensuring food is served in a timely manner.
  • You will contribute to refreshing menus by using their skills to review and improve the offering.
  • Follow organisational brand standards and recipe specifications. This could include portion control and waste management.
  • Ensure to keep the kitchen a clean and hygienic place to work.
  • Complete food safety documentation.
  • Maintain stock levels following a stock rotation system.

Entry requirements for a Level 2 Apprenticeship in the catering industry

Unlike a higher Level apprenticeship, the entry requirements for a Level 2 apprenticeship are more reachable. If you do not yet have your Level 2 English and Maths qualification, you can work towards this during the apprenticeship. However, this must be complete before the end point assessment.

There are several qualities that are required for this apprenticeship, some of which are below:

  • The individual is accurate and pays attention to detail
  • Consistent, reliable, and respectful in the workplace
  • Works in line with and respects the values and culture of the organisation
  • Enthusiastic and committed to developing their skills
  • Uses their initiative to develop their skills and knowledge through on and off the job training experiences

If you already have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A*- C, you may be able to start your apprenticeship at Level 3. However, a Level 2 apprenticeship is a great option to work your way up to the next Level if you do not meet the requirements.

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Commis Chef career path

Once you have experience as a Commis Chef, the next step would be becoming Demi Chef de Partie then onto a Chef de Partie which is a section chef. The natural career path from here would be a promotion to Sous Chef, which would be the lead up to progressing towards head chef.

Conclusion

An entry Level apprenticeship is the perfect opportunity to break into your desired industry. Apprenticeships can lead into full time work; in the meantime you earn while you learn. Once you have completed the Level 2 grade, you could further your knowledge and qualification with a Level 3 apprenticeship, progressing all the way up to Level 6. If you would like to see what other catering apprenticeships are available in the UK, you can find more information on our latest page under catering and hospitality apprenticeships.

If you are a business and looking to employ a Level 2 apprentice, you can find additional information around the process and cost on our website. To stay in the know and keep up to date with ApprenticeTips new articles, you can sign up to our mailing list here.

Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship – Level 2

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Begin your career by choosing an adult care worker apprenticeship. The role entails providing frontline care for vulnerable adults within their own homes, day-care centres, residential, and nursing homes.

This 18-month course is one of the best apprenticeships in the UK for people with a passion for helping others. Develop your professional skills in addition to making a positive difference to someone’s life. Enhance your understanding of individuals that face physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges.

Entry requirements for the Level 2 Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship

Employers of this apprenticeship find it desirable that a candidate has completed a level 1 in Maths and English (equivalent to GCSE Grade C or above). Nevertheless for those apprentices who are yet to achieve these qualifications they will have an opportunity to do so. Apprentices will also need to take the test for level 2 Maths and English prior to EPA (End-Point Assessment).

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.

Key responsibilities of an adult care worker

An adult key worker must know the responsibilities of the job role relevant to the context of the service. Examples could include:

  • Supporting individuals with social activities, assisting with eating and mobility.
  • Monitoring health levels and being able to identify, respond to and escalate changes to physical, social and emotional needs of individuals.
  • Accessing, following and being compliant with regulations, organisational policies, and procedures.
  • Knowing what the ‘duty of care’ is in practice.
  • Contributing towards the creation of a care plan concentrating on the individuals’ preferences in regard to the way they want to be supported.
  • Knowing the importance of communication, furthermore being aware how that can affect the relationship with the individuals they are supporting.
  • Supporting individuals to remain safe from harm.
Adult Care Worker supporting elderly woman

Personal attributes of an adult care worker

Behaviours and personal attributes expected of all adult care works carrying out their roles consist of the 6 C’s:

  • Care – consistent care is crucial to making a positive difference to individuals’ lives.
  • Compassion – it is essential to deliver care and support with kindness, consideration, dignity, and respect.
  • Courage – always doing the right thing and escalating issues if the individual they support is at risk.
  • Communication – good communication is principal to successful caring relationships and effective team working.
  • Competence – applying skills and knowledge learnt through apprenticeship training to supply high quality care and support.
  • Commitment – to improving the experience of people who need care, supporting them to achieve control and choice in their lives.

Qualifications received at the end of the apprenticeship

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, trainees will receive a nationally recognised Level 2 Diploma in Care. Earning this qualification will allow individuals to apply for further apprenticeships in care such as Lead Adult Care Worker courses and Leader in Adult Care courses.

In conclusion…

If your passion is caring for others or you have a particular interest in health and well-being, the Level 2 Adult Care Worker course is an excellent starting point. The experience coupled with off the job training are perfect for individuals who want to pursue employment in job roles such as care assistant, residential and domiciliary care, health care assistant, or support worker.

So, if the above information interests you, kick start your career in care and apply to an Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship near you!

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Rail Engineering Operative Apprenticeship

Level 2 Rail Engineering Apprenticeship Overview

Are you looking for a meaningful career in The Railway? The Railway has been an incredibly essential part of our development as a nation. Each year, over 1.7 billion train journeys are made in the UK and 9% of all of the UK’s domestic freight was moved by rail. A Rail Engineering Apprenticeship is a fantastic way to build on your existing skills and develop new ones that will be invaluable to a Railway Engineer.

This apprenticeship can put you on the path to becoming a Rail Engineer, a lucrative job that earns on average £53,425 per year (range £22,880 to £143,000).

Level 2 Rail Engineer Apprenticeship employees discussing on a railway track with orange vests
Two engineers discussing on railway tracks with orange vests

Entry Criteria and Core Skills

To be a successful applicant for this job, training providers and employers are looking for a Rail Engineering Apprentice who is aware of safe and professional working practices, general engineering techniques, how to work effectively and contribute towards engineering solutions, has awareness of commercial principles and it’s implications.

So, Core skills for this apprenticeship include the ability to understand and comply with safe working practices, willingness to prepare for and deliver a high standard of technical work, the ability to identify and report problems, to utilise tools, materials and equipment effectively and finally all applicants must possess effective communication skills.

What do I need to be a Rail Engineer Apprentice?

To be a Rail Engineer, you would be on the front line of the railway, keeping all the trains running smoothly through managing safe construction, installation and upkeep of the extensive network.

The day-to-day responsibilities of this apprenticeship include…

  • Assisting in the Construction and maintenance of The Railway and it’s components
  • Contributing to functional and operational tests using specialist equipment
  • Helping to diagnose equipment failures and prevent future faults

Specific Knowledge and Skills required

TRACK Understand the process for track installation, methods and techniques for track inspection, maintenance and replacement, what constitutes a track defect or variation, track work instructions, hot weather restrictions and extreme weather plans. Maintain the track and its environment including vegetation and drainage.

ELECTRIFICATION Understand electrical principals. Under direction: assist in maintenance and installation of railway electrification equipment and components; assist in isolation and earthing of electrical systems at different voltages and frequencies, working on live battery & inverter systems and maintaining substation plant.

OVERHEAD LINES Understand mechanical principles and construction design. Follow instructions to assemble overhead line components so to keep in line with detailed specification, using lifting and access equipment while working at heights.

SIGNALLING Understand function and characteristics of railway signalling systems, including electrical, electronic and mechanical principles. Under direction: install & wire signalling or control systems; install position and label equipment, components and cables, undertake relevant checks; assist in testing of components and equipment plus maintain and rectify signal control systems equipment.

TELECOMS Understand principles of electronic devices, circuits, data and communications equipment. Understand the types of operational constraints when carrying out telecoms installation and maintenance activities.

TRACTION AND ROLLING STOCK Understand vehicle design, construction, maintenance and operation. Under direction, carry out preventative and scheduled maintenance activities and follow vehicle maintenance instructions on T&RS communication equipment and check subsystems are operating correctly.

What Qualifications do I gain?

Qualifications gained during this Apprenticeship:
– Level 2 Rail Engineering (Competence)
– Level 2 Rail Engineering (Technical Knowledge)
Duration of Apprenticeship:
12 months

Maximum Funding available:
– £12,000
Level of Apprenticeship:
Level 2 – Equivalent to 5 GCSE passes (see below)

A Diagram showing the different levels of apprenticeships, and to what they are equivalent. A level 2 apprenticeship is classified as intermediate and is equivalent to 5 GCSE passes.
A diagram to show the different Apprenticeship Levels. This Apprenticeship is a Level 2.

Possible job titles include; Track Operative, Overhead Line Operative, Electrification Operative, Traction & Rolling Stock Operative, Signalling Operative, Telecoms Operative.

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Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Operator – Level 2 Apprenticeship

Non destructive testing operator surveying large metal pipe for quality check

Step into the world of science-based engineering with the Non-Destructive Testing Operator Apprenticeship. If you’re looking to start a career in some of the biggest industries in the world such as Oil & Gas, Aerospace, Energy, Power, Nuclear, and Transport, look no further as NDT qualifications can provide you with opportunities for all of the above. Read on to find out if the Non-Destructive Testing Operator Apprenticeship is the right fit for you.

Job Opportunities and Entry Criteria

Non-Destructive Testing Apprenticeships can provide a vast array of opportunities to kick start you into a well-paying career. Some of these include training in the product technology industry sector, education into NDT methods, and working as part of a team with workers at a similar level to yourself and of a superior level, allowing you to make contacts within the industry and potentially progress within the ranks

Entry level salaries after the completion of an apprenticeship usually start at around £26,000 and can go up to anything from £55,000 a year for experienced engineer level employees. If that isn’t enough to get you interested, some big organisations involved in creating the standard for the Non-Destructive Testing Operator were The British Institute of NDT, and Rolls Royce, meaning that popular companies similar to these organisations are sure to have a need for hiring NDT Operators.

Non-destructive testing operator surveying plane engine parts to ensure they are quality checked before being installed

Apprenticeship Entry Requirements

There are no educational entry requirements for this role, however you will need to achieve a level 1 in English and Maths in a level 2 English and maths test prior to taking the end-point assessment when completing the apprenticeship if you have not already achieved this through GCSEs. You will also be required to pass the NDT eyesight test, meaning you should have good, aided eyesight or good unaided eyesight for health and safety reasons. Adequate physical fitness is also beneficial for this role.

Daily duties and Primary responsibilities

On a day-to-day basis an NDT Operator Apprentice can expect to take part in some of the following tasks:

  • Inspection of materials, welding, and other product components or items using one NDT method
  • Report defects on the external surface of a test item or component
  • Visually assess and inspect products
  • Refer inspection results to a more qualified member of staff
  • Training and safe use of equipment used for inspections and assessments
  • Being forthcoming to your supervisor when raising concerns over the frequency of a certain type of defect
  • Marking defective areas for other follow up validations and assessments by supervisors or colleagues

Some of the tools you can potentially be expected to learn to use during this apprenticeship can include devices that measure conductivity, resistivity, and corrosion, as well as thickness gauges, flaw detectors, material condition testers, and eddy current instruments.

Testing equipment used by a Non-destructive testing operator

Knowledge and behavioural modules

Some of the key aspects of NDT operating that you will have the opportunity to gain knowledge about are:

  • Health and safety – In regard to Non-Destructive Testing ensuring your safety and the safety of others in the workplace is incredibly important. Your training and understanding will be relevant to the NDT method you will be using based on your training provider.
  • NDT methods – To complete the Level 2 apprenticeship in this area you will be required to understand and action one NDT method, which will be taught to you by your training provider.
  • Identifying defects – During this apprenticeship you will be required to learn and understand how to assess products and identify defects effectively against acceptance/rejection criteria.
  • Sector specific technology – You will be expected to understand and use relevant industry technologies, have knowledge of quality aspects, and working practices, such as induction information and workplace confidentiality protocols.
  • Industry relevant materials – Knowledge of well-used, new, and upcoming materials and product technology within your industry sector is considered extremely beneficial to learn in the Non-Destructive Testing apprenticeship.

Important qualities for Non-Destructive Testing Operators apprenticeship candidates:

  • Ethics – Speak to all colleagues with respect and treat individuals with equality in mind. Discrimination in the workplace is not tolerated and all workers should report anything if they feel they are being treated unfairly.
  • Time Management – All projects, assignments, and duties should consistently be completed in a timely manner and deadlines should be met or an extension should be requested in advance depending on the circumstances.
  • Independence – Be able to work on assignments without assistance from others and having a positive impact on the work environment.
  • Comfortable Working in a Team – Work in a team and support team members by equally contributing to any workload in any given teamwork scenario.
  • Communication Skills – Communicating with senior members of staff and colleagues to ensure work is completed on time and to a high standard, and any issue are raised and resolved.
  • Initiative – Apply knowledge learnt and experience gained throughout your apprenticeship to your daily tasks and use your initiative to raise any issues with senior members of staff.
Non-destructive testing operator apprentice using testing equipment to survey the safety of train tracks

Conclusion

Does the Level 2 Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Operator Apprenticeship sound like the right fit for you? We hope this post has given you an insight into the NDT course and has encouraged you to start your journey in finding the perfect career that is enjoyable and supports you financially. Non-Destructive Testing can open up a vast range of doors within the working world, making it a great choice for if you are yet unsure of what industry you wish to work in and are looking for an apprenticeship that will give you transferrable skills and keep your options open.

If Non-Destructive Testing is not for you but you’re still looking for something at a higher level in the science-based engineering field, why not check out our blog on the Level 6 Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship?

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