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Apprenticeships

An Applicants Guide to Apprenticeships at PCH

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprentices will undertake a job within PCH whilst also working towards a framework or standard with an external training provider. This allows them to gain valuable skills in the workplace, as well as taking part in formal off-the-job training.

 

Name Level Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes
Advanced 3 2 A level passes 
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation degree and above 
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor's or master's degree

Are there any age limits?

Apprentices must be 16 or over (when they start their employment with PCH; there’s no upper age limit) and cannot be undertaking any other formal education.

What is the Levy?

As PCH’s wage bill is over £3 million per year, they are required to pay an apprenticeship levy.  The levy will pay for the apprenticeship programme to be undertaken by the apprentice. This is all funded by PCH.

How many hours do apprentices work?

Apprentices are usually employed for 37 hours per week with PCH. Please see individual vacancies for further information.

How do you apply for an apprenticeship?

PCH normally advertise apprenticeship positions for 2 weeks and will ensure they are posted in various locations to reach a diverse audience. 

Formal interviews will be held with apprentices. Depending on the framework or standard, additional assessments e.g. literacy, numeracy, tools assessments and IT may need to be put in place by the training provider or with PCH.

PCH will offer apprenticeship roles subject to referencing.

Apprentices are provided with a Learning Agreement for the duration of their apprenticeship, this is not a permanent contract.  We do encourage our apprentices to apply for permanent roles as they are advertised within PCH.

What is the pay?

At PCH we pay all of our apprentices the National Living Wage.  

What are the benefits of being an apprentice?

  • Apprenticeships allow PCH to grow their own talent.
  • You get valuable work experience whilst also gaining a recognised apprenticeship certificate.
  • PCH pay above the standard apprenticeship wage.
  • PCH have been awarded Investors in People Gold.
  • PCH value their apprentices so offer schemes such as contributions towards driving lesson (if required for permanent roles).

How long are apprenticeships?

The length of an apprenticeship can be anything from 12 months to 4 years, depending on the framework or standard being undertaken and the level of apprenticeship. Each training provider will also deliver an apprenticeship over different time frames.

Is it all done in the workplace?

On average, 20% of the apprentices’ time will be spent off-the-job training (i.e. 1 day per week with their training provider. This may be the same day each week, or may vary depending on the provider.  Any corporate training undertaken will also count toward the 20% as well as any shadowing and mentoring.

Apprentices are required to have monthly 1-2-1’s with their Line Manager and will also be visited by their Training Provider on a regular basis.

Where are PCH apprentices based?

PCH may require you to work in different locations within the City. The Head Office is at Plumer House and  our Manufacturing Services are based at Prince Rock Depot. Those apprentices undertaking trade based frameworks or standards will be required to work within the City.

Who would be the training provider?

PCH work with a number of training providers across the city. You will be provided with information regarding the provider at interview. 

What apprentices have PCH recruited?

Over the years PCH have recruited a number of apprentices from admin and customer services, to electrical and arboriculture. See below to find out what it is like being an apprentice at PCH.

  • Apprentice Arboriculturist

    Apprenticeship Title: Arborist, Level: 2 (Standard)

    Requirements: Apprentices must have achieved level 1 English and Math (equivalent GCSE grades 3 to 1 or D to G) before taking their end-point assessment. They must also have taken level 2 English and Math (equivalent to GCSE grades 9 to 4 or A* to C)

    Length of Apprenticeship: PCH will typically deliver the apprenticeship over 24 months.

    Progression: PCH may consider putting the apprentices through the Level 3 standard once the Level 2 apprenticeship has been completed.

  • Brand & Campaigns Apprentice

    Apprenticeship Title: Social Media and Digital Marketing: Digital Marketing, Level: 3

    Requirements: Requirements will be detailed on the individual Job Description and Person Specification.

    Length of Apprenticeship: PCH will typically deliver the apprenticeship over 18 months.

    Progression: PCH may consider putting the apprentices through the Level 4 standard once the Level 3 apprenticeship has been completed.

  • Apprentice Carpenter

    Apprenticeship Title: Carpentry and Joinery, Level 2 (Standard)

    Requirements: Apprentices must have achieved level 1 English and Math (equivalent to GCSE grades 3 to 1 or D to G) before taking their end-point assessment. They must also have taken level 2 English and Math (equivalent to GCSE grades 9 to 4 or A* to C)

    Length of Apprenticeship: PCH will typically deliver the apprenticeship over 18 months.                   

    Progression: PCH may consider putting the apprentices through the Level 3 standard once the Level 2 apprenticeship has been completed.

  • Apprentice Contact Centre Advisor

    Apprenticeship Title: Customer service practitioner, Level: 2 (Standard)

    Requirements: Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must achieve level 1 English and Math (equivalent to GCSEs at grades D to G). Take the test for level 2 English and Math (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)

    Length of Apprenticeship: PCH will typically deliver the apprenticeship over 12-18 months.

    Progression: PCH may consider putting the apprentices through the Level 3 standard once the Level 2 apprenticeship has been completed.

  • Apprentice Electrician

    Apprenticeship Title: Installation electrician / maintenance electrician     

    Requirements: Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must achieve level 2 English and Math (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C).

    Length of Apprenticeship: PCH will typically deliver the apprenticeship over 42 months.

    Progression: Once completed we encourage our apprentices to apply for any suitable roles advertised internally. 

  • Apprentice Gas Engineer

    Apprenticeship Title: Gas engineering, Level: 3 (Standard)

    Requirements: Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must achieve level 2
    English and Math (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C).

    Length of Apprenticeship: PCH will typically deliver the apprenticeship over 30 months.

    Progression: Once completed we encourage our apprentices to apply for any suitable roles
    advertised internally.

  • Apprentice Administrator

    Apprenticeship Title: Business & Administration, Level 2

    Requirements: Requirements will be detailed on the individual Job Descriptions and Person Specifications.

    Length of Apprenticeship: PCH will typically deliver the apprenticeship over 12 months.

    Progression: PCH may consider putting the apprentices through the Level 3 standard once the Level 2 apprenticeship has been completed.

  • Apprentice IT Service Desk Analyst

    Apprenticeship Title: Infrastructure technician, Level: 3 (Standard)

    Requirements: Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C).

    Length of Apprenticeship: PCH will typically deliver the apprenticeship over 18 months.

    Progression: Once completed we encourage our apprentices to apply for any suitable roles advertised internally.

     

  • Apprentice Painter

    Apprenticeship Title: Construction Building: Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting, Level: 2

    Requirements: Requirements will be detailed on the individual Job Description and Person Specification.

    Length of Apprenticeship: PCH will typically deliver the apprenticeship over 18 months.

    Progression: PCH may consider putting the apprentices through the Level 3 standard once the Level 2 apprenticeship has been completed.

  • Apprentice Plumber

    Apprenticeship Title: Plumbing and Heating: Plumbing, Level 2

    Requirements: Requirements will be detailed on the individual Job Description and Person Specification.

    Length of Apprenticeship: PCH will typically deliver the apprenticeship over 18 months.

    Progression: PCH may consider putting the apprentices through the Level 3 standard once the Level 2 apprenticeship has been completed.

  • Apprentice PVCU Fabricator

    Apprenticeship Title: Glass Industry: Fabrication of Glass Supporting Structures, Level 2

    Requirements: Requirements will be detailed on the individual Job Description and Person Specification.

    Length of Apprenticeship: PCH will typically deliver the apprenticeship over 15 months.

    Progression: PCH may consider putting the apprentices through the Level 3 standard once the Level 2 apprenticeship has been completed.

  • Apprentice PVCU Fitter

    Apprenticeship Title: Glass Industry: Fenestration Installation, Level 2

    Requirements: Requirements will be detailed on the individual Job Description and Person Specification.

    Length of Apprenticeship: PCH will typically deliver the apprenticeship over 15 months.

    Progression: PCH may consider putting the apprentices through the Level 3 standard once the Level 2 apprenticeship has been completed.