Why Starting an Apprenticeship is Exciting

Have you ever considered doing an apprenticeship but don’t know how it could benefit you now, and in the future? There are many appeals to doing an apprenticeship. But we have found 4 to be the most popular, which could shape your decision. With University becoming more expensive, and employers looking for people with experience in the field. Many don’t know what path to take to benefit their future careers, and set them aside from other candidates. that’s why more and more young people are going into apprenticeships year on year, and you could be one of them.

No Costs 

Unlike going to university, which can cost annually £9,250 in England and Wales, an apprenticeship is completely free for the apprentice. This is because the training is paid for by apprenticeship funding, so you will not have any annual fees. This allows you to use that money towards your future, such as a house, rent or travelling.

‘Earn While You Learn’ 

In addition to having zero costs, you also ‘earn while you learn’. This means you will be earning a wage through your apprenticeship. Legally this must at least minimum apprenticeship wage, which is from the 1st April 2024 £6.40 an hour. 

Receive A Recognised Qualification 

Completing an apprenticeship can lead you to achieving a variety of qualifications, which depend on the industry you are working in. Here are some common types of qualifications you could obtain: 

-Technical Certificates and Diplomas: Many apprenticeships include studying for technical qualifications related to the trade or profession. These are often awarded by recognized bodies such as City & Guilds or BTEC. 

-Higher Apprenticeships: These can lead to qualifications equal to a foundation degree, Higher National Diploma, or a bachelor’s degree, depending on the program you have chosen. 

-Degree Apprenticeships: These combine university study and workplace learning to gain a full bachelor’s or master’s degree, which is equivalent to a university degree. 

-Trade-Specific Qualifications: In skilled trades, apprenticeships often lead to qualifications that qualify you as a journeyman or master trades person in areas such as plumbing, electrical work, carpentry, or welding. 

Boost Employ-ability 

Future employers will value the combination of practical experience, and academic knowledge. That all apprentices can bring to the table once completing their course. more so completing an apprenticeship demonstrates to potential employers that you have not only mastered the relevant skills but also possess the work ethic and commitment required to succeed in a professional setting. This can make you a more attractive candidate in the job market, giving you a competitive edge over peers who lack practical experience. such as those who chose the university path, who have no practical training. 

Embrace the opportunity to learn, earn, and grow, and take the first step towards a promising career. Take a look at our website https://www.apprenticetips.com/ or find us on Twitter https://x.com/apprenticetips?lang=en-GB to find out more about what’s on offer, and how to start your apprenticeship journey. 

Level 3 Compliance Officer Apprenticeship

Public Sector Office Workers

How does investigating and negotiating with individuals evading regulation or law sound to you? Sound good? If so, read on to find out how our Level 3 public sector compliance officer/investigator apprenticeship could kickstart your career in the public sector.

Entry requirements and job roles for the Level 3 compliance officer apprenticeship:

The level 3 compliance officer apprenticeship provides a unique opportunity for an apprentice to hone the skills needed to excel in regulatory authorities across the public sector. Whether that be assistant inspectors to compliance managers, our level 3 apprenticeship provides an excellent starting point.

Typically, the average salary of a UK compliance officer sits at a high of £38k; this rises to £53k for a more senior position. Yet, if this isn’t good enough, head of compliance roles are currently offering a lucrative £100k+ income; so if money is your drive you need look no further. With the level 3 compliance officer apprenticeship added to your arsenal, you can future-proof your career and stand out amongst the crowd in a fast-moving, progression-based industry.

Now you are probably wondering… what extensive qualifications do I need to join an apprenticeship for a high-paying, exciting job such as this. Well, the answer is… far less than you would expect. Normally set by employers, the current entry requirements for the compliance officer apprenticeship stand at an English and Maths GCSE at grade C or higher (Level 2). But, all is not lost if these requirements aren’t met. Often employers will hire you regardless of your background, but rather if you are the perfect fit for their organisation. This ensures everyone has an equal chance of success within this apprenticeship course.

What are the main responsibilities of a compliance officer?

The overarching purpose of a public sector compliance investigator/officer is to protect the UK’s public interest, money and services. Within this, your responsibility stretches over ensuring customer compliance (i.e. making sure individuals/organisations meet their obligations), identifying potential acts of criminality and supporting criminal and civil proceedings.

In your daily work, you will regularly communicate with fellow compliance officers within a team environment, whilst simultaneously communicating to 3rd party agencies such as local authorities or law enforcement to support your work. This may lead to your representation for these organisations at tribunals or in court.

So, what should you expect your role to encompass as a compliance officer? Typically an employee within this role will be responsible for:

  • Collating, analysing and interpreting data
  • Reviewing activities/responses to ensure compliance, whilst detecting unusual/criminal activities, themes or trends
  • Working with sensitive information and ensuring confidentiality is maintained
  • Showcasing consideration depending on an individual’s need/circumstances
  • Managing a range of ongoing activities including deadlines, cases and events
  • Maintaining case management
  • Collecting, retaining and presenting information in a correct lawful manner
  • Team collaboration
Photo showcasing an office team environment similar to that of a compliance officer team meeting

Compliance officer apprenticeship teachings and assessments:

As the role of a compliance officer, you will need to have extensive knowledge in the interpretation and application of a number of different industry regulations. Through the 18-month apprenticeship, the course will help you understand the relevant knowledge:

  • Legislation, policies and procedures
  • Data interpretation
  • Commercial Awareness
  • Ethical Standards

Whilst aiding you in developing your skill set in:

  • The application of technical knowledge
  • Interpretation of customer records/data/information
  • Effective risk assessment and management
  • Teamwork
  • Problem-solving
  • Workload management
  • Communication and negotiation
  • IT skills

In order to demonstrate an understanding of these topics and skills, you must complete a variety of assessments. These assessments are carefully curated by the EQA provider to challenge your knowledge and application of said knowledge through a work-based portfolio, a professional discussion and finally a case study test.

So what are you waiting for?

Now you know what a compliance officer does and how our apprenticeship can help you develop and progress in such a role, what’s left to think about? Kickstart YOUR public sector career and apply for the Level 3 public sector compliance officer apprenticeship today! If you need any more information on UK apprenticeship standards/offerings, be sure to check out our website ApprenticeTips.com or, fill in the form below so a member of our dedicated team can respond to any of your questions.

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