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.