FAQs

The following FAQs have been put together by the Mitre team to help candidates and employers

General

Where does Mitre deliver?

Mitre delivers most of its programmes within the UK and has also delivered in other parts of Europe and the USA in the past. Our current funding contracts are for learners who reside within England.

Can Mitre deliver programmes to fit in with shift patterns?

Yes, Mitre is able to offer a flexible programme to suit shift patterns and weekend workers.

Are all of Mitre’s programmes funded?

The majority of our accredited programmes attract Government funding and wherever possible we will access this to minimise any training costs. However, some programmes may require a small financial contribution, particularly for programmes involving individuals aged over 19 years old and employed.

We also run bespoke and non-accredited courses that are tailored to our client’s needs, ranging from Senior Leadership programmes through to Outdoor Residential and Adventure trips. These are charged at a competitive rate to suit all involved.

Apprenticeships

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a pathway for young people and adults to learn and gain accredited qualifications whilst doing their job, known often by the term ‘earn while you learn’.

Why employ an Apprentice or become an Apprentice?

Apprenticeships are growing in popularity, particularly amongst school leavers who identify this as a preferred route into employment. Apprenticeships enable an individual to earn a salary while they learn sector specific skills.

Benefits to Apprentices include high quality skills development whilst earning a living, gaining independence and responsibility and increased potential earnings.

Benefits to Employers include the opportunity to develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce, resulting in improved productivity, higher morale and lower staff turnover.

Please visit the Governments dedicated Apprenticeship page http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/

How long does it take to complete an Apprenticeship?

Apprentices must be employed for a minimum of 12 months.  All of Mitre’s apprenticeships are designed to be completed over a 12 month period, however, this may be extended to meet the requirements of the employee and/or employer.

What is the minimum rate of pay for an apprentice?

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage, please click on the link below to find the current rate.
https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

What are Functional Skills?

Functional Skills are qualifications in English, Maths and ICT that equip learners with the basic practical skills required in everyday life, education and the workplace. They are available at Entry Level 1 through to Level 2. For Level 2 ‘Intermediate’ Apprenticeships, apprentices are required to achieve functional skills in English and maths at Level 1 and for Level 3 ‘Advanced’ apprenticeships apprentices must gain Level 2 Maths and English. Some apprenticeship frameworks also require learners to achieve ICT and Levels 1 or 2.

Individuals may be exempt from completing Functional Skills depending upon the year they took their GCSE’s and the grades they achieved.

Who is eligible for Apprenticeship funding?

The current, headline rules for accessing Apprenticeships are:

  • Residency - must be settled in the UK or EEA for 3 years prior to start 
  • Must be employed 
  • Must have reached school leaving date 
  • Must not have level 4 qualification or higher for intermediate and advanced Apprenticeships 
  • Must not be in full-time education

Details of full eligibility criteria can be found in the current SFA funding rules on the following link:
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/308105/funding_rules_2014_to_2015_version_2.pdf

Can Apprentices progress onto a new Apprenticeship?

Yes, apprentices can progress from Level 2 to Level 3.  Furthermore if their job role changes significantly and they need new skills they may be able to complete another apprenticeship at Level 2.

Can staff who are already in employment complete an apprenticeship?

Yes, staff who require new skills for a new role may complete an apprenticeship at any time.

Do apprentices have to attend college?

Apprentices will have to participate in a learning programme, but this can be arranged flexibly around their work commitments. Mitre delivers all of the education at the employee’s site or an alternative suitable venue nearby.

Does the employer need to contribute towards the cost of training?

For the majority of individuals, the funding drawn down covers the cost of the training programme. However, where individuals are not eligible for funding, or the funding value of their programme is minimal, a financial contribution from the employee or employer may be required.

Awarding Bodies

What is an awarding body?

An awarding body is an organisation that develops and awards qualifications which have been accredited by qualification regulators such as Ofqual. These qualifications are written specifically to meet the needs of learners, employers, industry and other stakeholders.

Why use a training provider that delivers accredited qualifications?

You will be assured that the training provider has gone through a rigorous approval process to ensure they are a high-quality deliverer of accredited qualifications; You will be using a training provider that is subject to regular quality reviews to ensure standards are constantly maintained; You are assured that candidates achieve the results they deserve and a qualification that is understood and valued by industry.

Which Awarding Bodies does Mitre work with?

Mitre is an approved centre to deliver accredited qualifications for City & Guilds, NCFE, Aim Awards, Sports Leaders, the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), Edexcel, Pearson, EDI, Highfields Awarding Body for Compliance and 1st4Sport.

Who registers the candidates?

Mitre will register all candidates with the relevant Awarding Body and work closely with the Awarding Body to ensure delivery and assessment standards are high. All work is moderated both during and at the end of each programme, ensuring that each candidate achieves the results they deserve.

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