Apprenticeships and Diplomas

You can view all of the current Apprenticeships and Diplomas we have on offer below.

Business Administration Apprenticeship (Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4)

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who want to pursue a career working in a range of different environments, such as Customer Service, Secretarial, Personal Assistant, Stores and Stock Control, Project Management, Supervisory / Team Leader, Human Resources, Event Co-ordinator, School Reception and these are only a few of the opportunities once the courses are complete.

Business Administration Level 2 – This qualification is for:

  • Anyone who wants to develop their understanding of Business Administration as well as develop their skills and competence in this area
  • School leavers, or, people who have no experience in Business Administration

Business Administration Level 3 – This qualification is for:

  • Learners who have completed a level 2 and want to progress with Business Administration training, or learners who have already achieved the level 2 Business Administration, or a qualification in Business from 6th Form or College
  • Others who have work experience and are looking for a qualification in Business Administration, this will expand on their knowledge
  • People who are currently employed and wish to up-date their knowledge and carry on with their Professional Development

Business Administration Level 4

  • The course has been specifically designed for individuals who have already developed practical experience within their sector and now wish to develop their theoretical understanding and develop Business and Administration skills further
  • The programme also aims to develop confidence, preparing you for progression opportunities within employment or to Further / Higher Education
  • The Apprenticeship is suitable for a range of roles and industries; an office manager, an administrative team leader or for those with a high level of experience within an office-based supervisory role.

As an Apprentice you will gain valuable experience working with an employer. You will also gain experience in electronic diary systems, organisational skills, researching information from the internet, time management, whilst gaining the skills of different methods of communication, such as face to face, telephone, post, email, test and social media. Project management skills, including teamwork, researching, document production, and delivering presentations, will be developed during the course.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Learners must be a UK citizen, or have the right of abode in the UK, or is a citizen of a country that is within the EEA and have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the EU or the EEA continuously for the previous three years before the start of learning.

The learner has left school and is aged 16 or over on 31 August of the funding year in which they start

Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship (Framework) – we would like you to have GCSEs at grade 3 - 2 (D - E) or equivalent, in maths, English and ICT.

Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship (Standard) – we would like you to have GCSEs at grade 9 - 4 (A* - C) or equivalent, in maths and English.

Level 4 Business and Professional Administration Apprenticeship (Framework) – we would like you to have 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) or equivalent, including maths, English. We also offer Functional Skills English and maths at Level 2 for those needing to gain these qualifications.

Apprentices must be employed, for a minimum of 30 hours, with a suitable employer in order to link and develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to be successful in this area.

Vacancies can be found at www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship [external link] or on our vacancies page.

Alternatively, if you have sourced your own employer our Employment Engagement Officer will arrange to meet with placement to discuss funding, grants and answer any questions the employer may have.

Applicants will be asked to attend an interview, and the interviews will vary from tutors to employers. This will take approximately 45 minutes.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours to reflect the needs of local and regional employers, gain qualifications and be successful in this area.
The curriculum is planned and sequenced to enable learners with previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of their career, training, education or employment.
The curriculum is flexible and responsive to learner demands and can be tailored to suit individual needs, arising from any current and dynamic issues affecting their role, which can be addressed during workshop sessions.
As an Apprentice you will need to be able to demonstrate knowledge and practical skills at the end of your Apprenticeship training programme and understand how this reflects the needs of the local, regional and national economy.

What will the course cover?

Apprenticeships give you the chance to learn and gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst being employed. Areas covered within Business Administration Levels 2 and 3 are:

  • Communication – Social Media
  • Document Production
  • Using Information Systems
  • Managing Diary Systems / Organising Meetings / Time Management
  • Reception Activities – School Reception
  • Organising and Managing Projects

Business Administration Level 2 (Framework) will be studied over a period of at least 12 months in your place of employment.

Business Administration Level 3 (Standard) will be studied over a period of at least 15 months in your place of employment.

Business Administration Level 4 - you will gain a nationally recognised qualification which develops the skills, knowledge and understanding that you need to work successfully in a senior role within the business environment. It will allow you to develop skills within relevant areas such as communication, presentation development and delivery skills.

You will cover a range of units, including:

  • Communicate in a business environment
  • Resolve administrative problems
  • Manage the work of an administrative function
  • Manage personal and professional development

Business Administration Level 5 (Framework) will be studied over a period of at least 15 months in your place of employment. You may also be expected to take additional qualifications depending on the framework or standard, including:

  • Functional Skills maths, English and ICT (depending on your level of course and previous qualifications)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities

All Apprenticeship Standards have an End Point Assessment, which you would be expected to complete for you to achieve your apprenticeship. More information on this can be obtained from the Learning & Skills Team.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You may gain employment with your employer and/or decide to progress onto an Advanced / Higher Apprenticeship.

Below is a list of possible progression routes:

On completion of level 2 the candidate could progress into full time employment or progress onto the Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship within Business Administration.

On completion of Level 3 the candidate could progress into full time employment or progress onto the Higher Level 4 Apprenticeship within Business Administration.

Potential job roles/ careers could include:

Personal Assistant, Customer Service, Reception Services, Secretarial, Data Input, Administration Support, Clerical Assistant, Stock Control, ICT – Internet, Databases, Sales and Marketing, Human Resources, Payroll, Finance / Accounts, Housing, Building Services, Environmental Services, Corporate Landlord, Life-Line Services and more.

On completion of Level 4 the candidate could progress into full time employment or progress onto the Higher Level 5 Leadership and Management Apprenticeship, subject to entry requirements being met.

You will also be given information, advice and guidance regarding further developing your skills in your employed role or to progress your knowledge to a higher level.

Where and when will I learn?

During the course you will be expected to attend the training centre (Coleridge Centre) twice a month to work towards the elements of the qualification standards via the e-portfolio. The remaining days will be spent working with your employer gaining the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to complete your qualification.

Functional Skills English and maths are embedded into your training programme but, if needed, additional training is available in these areas to enable you to gain the grades required to achieve the Apprenticeship. More information on your Functional Skills requirements will be discussed at the interview stage.

Apprenticeships require the learner / candidate to be given 20%, paid, off the job training as part of their course.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your national insurance number, photo ID and any certificates you may have on your first day. The tutor will provide a list of resources you may need to bring in the future.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free for all learners.

What shall I do next?

For further information, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected] or apply online at www.darlington.gov.uk/apprenticeships.

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Customer Service Apprenticeship (Level 2 and Level 3)

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who want to go in a career working in a variety of customer service settings. It will give you the skills and knowledge you need to be able to pursue a career in Customer Service.

As an Apprentice you will gain valuable experience working with an employer carrying out Customer Service duties such as communicating with customers face to face, telephone, post, email, social media, dealing with customer relations, analysing feedback from customers, using email systems to communicate with customers, managing diary systems, reception activities and resolving customer queries and complaints.

Level 2 Customer Service Practitioner

The level 2 qualification is for anyone who wants to develop their understanding of Customer Service, as well as developing their skills in this area.

This is suitable for school leavers, or people who do not have any experience in Customer Service.

Level 3 Customer Service Specialist

The level 3 qualification is for anyone who wants to expand on their understanding of Customer Service, as well as expand their skills in this area.

This is suitable for people working in a Customer Service role and would like to upskill and gain a qualification in this area.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Learners must be a UK citizen, or have the right of abode in the UK, or is a citizen of a country that is within the EEA and have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the EU or the EEA continuously for the previous three years before the start of learning.

The learner has left school and is aged 16 or over on 31 August of the funding year in which they start.

Level 2 Customer Service Practitioner Apprenticeship (Standard) – we would like you to have GCSEs at grade 3 - 2 (D-E) in maths, English and ICT.
Level 3 Customer Service Specialist Apprenticeship (Standard) – we would like you to have GCSEs at grade 9 - 4 (A*-C), in maths, English and ICT.

Apprentices must be employed, for a minimum of 30 hours, with a suitable employer in order to link and develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to be successful in this area.

Vacancies can be found at www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship [external link] or on our vacancies page.

Alternatively, if you have sourced your own employer our Employment Engagement Officer will arrange to meet with placement to discuss funding, grants and answer any questions the employer may have. All applicants will be asked to attend an interview, and the interviews will vary from tutors to employers. This will take approximately 45 minutes.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours to reflect the needs of local and regional employers, gain qualifications and be successful in this area.

The curriculum is planned and sequenced to enable learners with previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of their career, training, education or employment.

The curriculum is flexible and responsive to learner demands and can be tailored to suit individual needs, arising from any current and dynamic issues affecting their role, which can be addressed during workshop sessions.

As an Apprentice you will need to be able to demonstrate knowledge and practical skills at the end of your apprenticeship training programme and understand how this reflects the needs of the local, regional and national economy.

What will the course cover?

Apprenticeships give you the chance to learn and gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst being employed.

Below is a sample of some of the topics that will be covered for the Level 2 Customer Service Practitioner Apprenticeship:

  • Knowing your customers
  • Meeting regulations and legislation
  • Product and service knowledge
  • Systems and resources
  • Interpersonal, influencing and communication skills
  • Dealing with conflict and challenge

Customer Service Level 2 will be studied over a period of at least 12 months in your place of employment.

Below is a sample of some of the topics that will be covered for the Level 3 Customer Service Specialist Apprenticeship:

  • Business knowledge and understanding
  • Customer service culture and environmental awareness
  • Business focused service delivery providing a positive customer experience
  • Customer serviced performance
  • Team working
  • Equality

Customer Service Level 3 will be studied over a period of at least 15 months in your place of employment.

You will also be expected to take additional qualifications, if not already held, including:

  • Functional Skills maths and English (depending on your qualifications).

All apprenticeship standards have an End Point Assessment, which you would be expected to complete for you to achieve your apprenticeship. More information on this can be obtained from the Learning & Skills team.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You may gain employment with your employer and / or decide to complete an Advanced Apprenticeship. You will also be given information and guidance to continue onto university or a local college, or another training provider if you want to change direction. Potential job roles / careers you could progress to include call centre, reception, secretarial, retail, hospitality and many more.

Completion of this Apprenticeship will lead to eligibility to join the Institute of Customer Service as an Individual member at Professional level.

Where and when will I learn?

During the course you will be expected to attend the training centre (Coleridge Centre) twice a month to work towards the mandatory elements of the standards via the e-portfolio. The remaining days will be spent working with your employer gaining the skills and knowledge required in preparation for End Point Assessment (EPA).

Functional Skills English and maths are embedded into your training programme but, if needed, additional training is available in these areas to enable you to gain the grades required to achieve the Apprenticeship. More information on your Functional Skills requirements will be discussed at the interview stage.

Apprenticeships require the learner / candidate to be given 20%, paid, off the job training as part of their course – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your national insurance number, photo ID and any certificates you may have on your first day. The tutor will provide a list of resources you may need to bring in the future.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free for all learners.

What shall I do next?

For further information, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected] or apply online at www.darlington.gov.uk/apprenticeships.

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Motor Vehicle and Service Technician Apprenticeship (Light Vehicle Level 3)

 

Who is this course for?

This course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to be able to pursue a career in motor vehicle maintenance.

As an Apprentice you will gain valuable experience working with an employer, servicing and maintaining vehicle systems including removal and refitting of a range of light vehicle components whilst gaining the skills of communication, reading job cards, locating vehicle data and carrying out a variety of measurements. In the workshop, while working on vehicles, you will learn how to use vehicle hoists, workshop equipment and how to maintain vehicle systems. You will also develop valuable transferable skills, such as problem solving and working to deadlines.

The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship will require vehicle diagnosis of vehicle faults and evaluation of the completed task to ensure the diagnosis was correct. If you are interested in learning through practical experience, this could be the course for you.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Learners must be a UK citizen, or have the right of abode in the UK, or is a citizen of a country that is within the EEA and have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the EU or the EEA continuously for the previous three years before the start of learning.

The learner has left school and is aged 16 or over on 31 August of the funding year in which they start.

Level 3 MV Service Technician Apprenticeship (Standard) – we would like you to have GCSEs at grade 9 - 4 (A* - C) or equivalent, in maths and English.

Apprentices must be employed, for a minimum of 30 hours, with a suitable employer in order to link and develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to be successful in this area.

Vacancies can be found at www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship [external link] or on our vacancies page.

Alternatively, if you have sourced your own employer our Employment Engagement Officer will arrange to meet with placement to discuss funding, grants and answer any questions the employer may have.

Applicants will be asked to attend an interview, and the interviews will vary from tutors to employers. This will take approximately 45 minutes.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours to reflect the needs of local and regional employers, gain qualifications and be successful in this area.

The curriculum is planned and sequenced to enable learners with previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of their career, training, education or employment.

The curriculum is flexible and responsive to learner demands and can be tailored to suit individual needs, arising from any current and dynamic issues affecting their role, which can be addressed during workshop sessions.

As an Apprentice you will need to be able to demonstrate knowledge and practical skills at the end of your Apprenticeship training programme and understand how this reflects the needs of the local, regional and national economy.

 

What will the course cover?

Apprenticeships give you the chance to learn and gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst being employed.

Areas covered during the course include:

  • Workshop Tools / Equipment Use
  • Engine Area (Engine, Cooling, Fuel, Air / Exhaust, Lubrication and Ignition Systems)
  • Transmission Systems
  • Chassis Systems (Wheels / Tyre, Braking, Suspension, Steering Systems)
  • Electrical Systems
  • Vehicle Servicing / Inspections

You will also be expected to take the additional qualifications:

  • Functional Skills maths and English Level 2 (depending on your qualifications)
  • F-Gas (Air Conditioning) Certificate

Motor Vehicle and Service Technician Level 3 will be studied over a period of approximately 36 months in your place of employment.

All Apprenticeship Standards have an End Point Assessment, which you would be expected to complete for you to achieve your apprenticeship. More information on this can be obtained from the Learning & Skills Team.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You may gain employment with your employer and this qualification is also one of the entry requirements to becoming an MOT tester.

The vocational knowledge, skills and behaviours developed during this course may also assist work towards job roles including:

Vehicle Diagnostic Technician, MOT Tester, Vehicle Parts Advisor, Service Advisor, Motor Vehicle Trainer / Assessor and more.

You will also be given information, advice and guidance regarding further developing your skills in your employed role or to progress your knowledge to a higher level.                  

Where and when will I learn?

During the course you will be expected to attend the Training Centre (Unit 2 and 38 Lingfield Way, Darlington) 1 day a week to work towards the theory elements of the framework. The other 4 days will be spent working with your employer gaining the skills, knowledge and behaviours required in preparation for End Point Assessment (EPA).

Functional Skills English and maths are embedded into your training programme but, if needed, additional training is available in these areas to enable you to gain the grades required to achieve the Apprenticeship. More information on your Functional Skills requirements will be discussed at the interview stage.

Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle) Level 4 will be studied over a period of 36 months in your place of employment, depending on level of previous knowledge and experience.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your national insurance number and any certificates, photo ID you may have on your first day. The tutor will provide a list of resources you may need to bring in the future.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free for all learners.

What shall I do next?

For further information, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected] or apply online at www.darlington.gov.uk/apprenticeships.

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Site Joinery Apprenticeship (Level 2 and Level 3)

 

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who want to pursue a career in site joinery. If you are interested in learning through practical experience, this could be the course for you. As an Apprentice you will gain valuable experience working with an employer fitting roofs, doors and walls, whilst gaining the skills of measuring, checking dispatch notes, checking invoices and calculating quantities of materials. In the workshop you will learn how to use power tools and to cut timber.

Site Carpentry Level 2 – This qualification is for:

  • Anyone who wants to develop their understanding of Site Carpentry as well as develop their skills and competence in this area
  • School leavers, or people who have no experience in Site Carpentry


Site Carpentry Level 3 – This qualification is for:

  • Learners who have completed a level 2 and want to progress with Site Carpentry training
  • Others who have work experience and are looking for a qualification in Site Carpentry, this will expand on their knowledge
  • People who are currently employed and wish to up-date their knowledge and carry on with their Professional Development

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship (Standard) – we would like you to have GCSEs at grade 3-2 (D-E), preferably including maths and English.
Level 3 Advanced Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship (Standard) – you will have already achieved the Level 2 Apprenticeship to continue onto level 3, we would also like you to have GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A* - C), including maths and English.

Apprentices must be employed, for a minimum of 30 hours, with a suitable employer in order to link and develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to be successful in this area.

Vacancies can be found at www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship [external link] or on our vacancies page.

Alternatively, if you have sourced your own employer our Employment Engagement Officer will arrange to meet with placement to discuss funding, grants and answer any questions the employer may have. All applicants will be asked to attend an interview with the Tutor / Assessor and complete a short initial assessment. This will take approximately 45 minutes.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

  • The structure and delivery of the course curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours to reflect the needs of local and regional employers, gain qualifications and be successful in this area
  • The curriculum is planned and sequenced to enable learners with previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of their career, training, education or employment
  • The curriculum is flexible and responsive to learner demands and can be tailored to suit individual needs, arising from any current and dynamic issues affecting their role, which can be addressed during workshop sessions
  • As an Apprentice you will need to be able to demonstrate knowledge and practical skills at the end of your Apprenticeship training programme and understand how this reflects the needs of the local, regional and national economy

 

What will the course cover?

Apprenticeships give you the chance to learn and gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst being employed.

Areas covered in Site Carpentry Levels 2 and 3 are:

  • Conforming to workplace safety
  • Plan and carry out work to commercial standards of speed and quality
  • Move, handle and store resources
  • Interpret and follow verbal and written instructions
  • Select the required materials and tools for the job
  • Install door and window frames and linings
  • Install non-structural and structural carcassing
  • Replace and repair doors, windows, frames and linings
  • Use, maintain and store hand and power tools


You will also have the opportunity to gain the following recognised qualifications (if required):

  • Functional Skills maths and English (depending on your current qualifications)
  • CITB Health, safety and environment (HS&E) operatives test which will allow you to work within the industry following the completion of your Apprenticeship


Site Carpentry Level 2 will be studied over a period of 18 - 24 months in your place of employment, depending on level of previous knowledge and experience.
Site Carpentry Level 3 will be studied over a period of 12 - 15 months in your place of employment, depending on level of previous knowledge and experience.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You may gain employment with your current employer and / or continue onto further education studying on an Advanced Site Joinery Apprenticeship or HNC in Construction and the Built Environment. You will also be given information, advice and guidance regarding further developing your skills in your management role or to progress your knowledge to a higher level. Below is a list of possible progression routes:

  • On completion of Level 2 the candidate could progress into full time employment or progress onto the Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship within Site Carpentry.
  • On completion of Level 3 the candidate could progress into full time employment and/or progress onto the HNC in Construction and the Built Environment.


Potential job roles/ careers could include: Site Carpenter, Shop Fitter, Site Supervisor, Site Manager, Building Services Engineer, Civil Engineer, Architect, Quantity Surveyor, Senior Management and more

Where and when will I learn?

During the course you will be expected to attend the training centre (Unit 14 & 39 Flexspace, Lingfield Way, Darlington) 1 day a week to work towards the theory and practical elements of the qualification. 4 days a week will be spent working with your employer gaining the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to complete your qualification.

Functional Skills English and maths are embedded into your training programme but, if needed, additional training is available in these areas to enable you to gain the grades required to achieve the Apprenticeship. More information on your Functional Skills requirements will be discussed at the interview stage.

Apprenticeships require the learner / candidate to be given 20%, paid, off the job training as part of their course.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your national insurance number, photo ID and any certificates you may have on your first day. The tutor will provide a list of resources you may need to bring in the future.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free for all learners.

What shall I do next?

For further information, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected] or apply online at www.darlington.gov.uk/apprenticeships.

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Early Years Educator (Level 3)

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who want to pursue a career the Early Years Sector. If you are interested in learning through practical experience, this could be the course for you.  As an Apprentice you will gain valuable experience working with an employer carrying out nursery duties such as caring for children, working with the early year’s curriculum (EYFS), providing stimulating activities, supporting mealtimes, whilst gaining the skills of communication, health and safety and equal opportunities. All learners will be DBS checked.

The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship will require some supervisory elements and key worker duties.  The Early Years Educator Level 3 is a qualification for:

  • Learners who have already completed a level 2 childcare qualification, A Levels or other qualifications at an appropriate level.
  • People who are currently employed and wish to up-date their knowledge and carry on with their Professional Development.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Applicants must have left school and be aged 16 or over on 31 August of the funding year in which they start.

Applicants must be a UK citizen, or have the right of abode in the UK, or is a citizen of a country that is within the EEA and have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the EU or the EEA continuously for the previous three years before the start of learning.

Level 3 EYE Advanced Apprenticeship (Standard) – we would like you to have 5 GCSEs at grade A-C (9-4), including Maths and English.

A full enhanced DBS and references.

Apprentices must be employed, for a minimum of 30 hours, with a suitable employer in order to link and develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to be successful in this area.

Vacancies can be found at:

Alternatively if you have sourced your own employer, our Employment Engagement Officer will arrange to meet with the placement to discuss funding, grants and answer any questions the employer may have. All applicants will be asked to attend an interview with the Tutor / Assessor and complete a short initial assessment. This will take approximately 45 minutes.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours to reflect the needs of local and regional employers, gain qualifications and be successful in this area.

The curriculum is planned and sequenced to enable learners with previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of their career, training, education or employment.

The curriculum is flexible and responsive to learner demands and can be tailored to suit individual needs, arising from any current and dynamic issues affecting their role, which can be addressed during workshop sessions.

As an Apprentice you will need to be able to demonstrate knowledge and practical skills at the end of your Apprenticeship training programme and understand how this reflects the needs of the local, regional and national economy.

What will the course cover?

The qualification has structured units around four themes:

  • Theme 1: Health and well-being
  • Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks  and professional practice
  • Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness

To gain this qualification the learner will need to:

  • Pass all units
  • Complete longitudinal study
  • Show competence in a real work environment         

You will also be expected to take the additional requirements:

  • Functional Skills maths, English and ICT (depending on your qualifications)
  • Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid. (RQF) or Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric
  • First Aid (RQF)
  • End Point Assessment consisting of a knowledge test and professional discussion, which will be graded a pass, merit or distinction.

Some areas covered within the Early Years Educator are:

  • Promoting healthy lifestyles through food, nutrition and exercise
  • Health & Safety
  • Equality, diversity & inclusion
  • The value of play
  • Theoretical perspectives
  • Observation, assessment & planning

Early Years Educator Level 3 (Standard) will be studied over a period of at least 15 months in your place of employment.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You may gain employment with your employer and / or decide to complete an Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship. You will also be given information and guidance to continue onto other courses.

You may gain employment with your employer or another employer in a relevant sector and/or decide to progress into higher education.

Potential job roles / careers could include:

  • Early Years Teaching
  • Early Years Practitioner
  • Nursery Nurse 
  • Pre-school Practitioner
  • Childminder
  • Nanny

Where and when will I learn?

During the course you will be expected to work on your e-portfolio, you will also be supported within your workplace by your assessor on a one to one basis.  Extra sessions within the training centre can be arranged.

You will be expected to attend the training centre to complete any functional skills element of your Apprenticeship.

Your Apprenticeship will take approximately 15 months to complete depending on the level chosen, but all Apprenticeships are a minimum of 12 months.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your photo ID, National Insurance number and any certificates you may have on your first day. The tutor will provide a list of resources you may need to bring in the future.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free for all learners.

What shall I do next?

For further information, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 01325 405601, text us on 07932 869325, or email l&[email protected] or apply online.

 

 

 

Adult Care Worker (Level 2 and Level 3)

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who want to pursue a career the social care sector. If you are interested in learning through practical experience, this could be the course for you and can include social care roles such as health care assistant, support worker, substance misuse worker.

As an Apprentice you will gain valuable experience working with an employer carrying out care and support duties such as completing records, supporting service users, moving and positioning of individuals, completing work based training courses, working in partnership, carrying out clinical care tasks, carrying out personal care tasks whilst gaining the skills of communication, health and safety and equal opportunities.

The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship will require some supervisory elements. You will be paid the national minimum Apprenticeship wage for a minimum of 30 hours per week or you will be paid the National Minimum Wage, which is determined by your age.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Applicants must have left school and be aged 16 or over on 31 August of the funding year in which they start. 

Applicants must be a UK citizen, or have the right of abode in the UK, or is a citizen of a country that is within the EEA and have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the EU or the EEA continuously for the previous three years before the start of learning.

  • Level 2 Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship (Standard) – we would like you to have 4 GCSEs at grade 2 - 3 (D – E), preferably including Maths and English.
  • Level 3 Lead Adult Care Worker Advanced Apprenticeship (Standard) – we would like you to have 5 GCSEs at grade 4 - 9 (A – C), including Maths and English.

All learners will be subject to a DBS check.

Apprentices must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours, with a suitable employer in order to link and develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to be successful in this area.

Vacancies can be found at

Alternatively if you have sourced your own employer, our Employment Engagement Officer will arrange to meet with the placement to discuss funding, grants and answer any questions the employer may have. All applicants will be asked to attend an interview with the Tutor / Assessor and complete a short initial assessment. This will take approximately 45 minutes.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours to reflect the needs of local and regional employers, gain qualifications and be successful in this area.

The curriculum is planned and sequenced to enable learners with previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of their career, training, education or employment.

The curriculum is flexible and responsive to learner demands and can be tailored to suit individual needs, arising from any current and dynamic issues affecting their role, which can be addressed during workshop sessions.

As an Apprentice you will need to be able to demonstrate knowledge and practical skills at the end of your Apprenticeship training programme and understand how this reflects the needs of the local, regional and national economy.

What will the course cover?

You will take the following mandatory units:

  • Communication in care settings
  • Handle information in care settings
  • Personal development in care settings
  • Implement person-centred approaches in care settings
  • Equality and inclusion in care settings
  • Health, safety and well-being in care settings
  • Responsibilities of a care worker
  • Duty of care
  • Safeguarding and protection in care settings

Optional Units - options are chosen to meet the needs of the learner and the employer depending on the responsibilities of the learner. Listed below are some of the most commonly chosen optional units to suit job roles:

  • The principles of infection prevention and control
  • Causes and spread of infection
  • Undertake personal hygiene activities with individuals
  • Move and position individuals in accordance with their care plan
  • Care for the elderly
  • Dementia awareness
  • Support individuals to eat and drink
  • Support individuals to meet nutritional and hydration needs
  • Support care plan activities
  • Awareness of end of life care
  • Contribute to the support of individuals with multiple condition and / or disabilities

You will also be expected to take the additional qualifications / training:

  • Functional Skills maths and English  (depending on your qualifications)
  • Care Certificate – Skills for Care  (completed with your employer)
  • Mandatory training (completed with your employer)
  • Understand the 6Cs in care (care, compassion, courage, communication, competence and commitment)

All Apprenticeship standards have an End Point Assessment, consisting of a knowledge test and a professional discussion which is graded pass, merit or distinction and you would be expected to complete this for you to achieve your apprenticeship.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You may gain employment with your employer or another employer in a relevant sector and/or decide to progress onto an advanced/higher apprenticeship or into higher education.

Potential job roles/ careers could include:

  • Health care worker role within the following establishments – NHS, residential care homes or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings.
  • Support worker role within the following sectors – NHS, mental health, learning disability, misuse services.

Where and when will I learn?

During the course you will be expected to attend work a minimum of 30 hours per week where you will learn the skills and knowledge required to continue through your qualification. This may include shift working, bank holiday working and weekend working. You will be supported in the workplace through regular visits with your tutor and you will also be expected to come into the training centre for support sessions to build on your vocational knowledge and complete Functional Skills.

Your Apprenticeship will take approximately 12 – 18 months to complete depending on the level chosen, but all apprenticeships are a minimum of 12 months

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your photo ID, National Insurance number and any certificates you may have on your first day. The tutor will provide a list of resources you may need to bring in the future.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free for all learners.

What shall I do next?

For further information, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 01325 405601, text us on 07932 869325, or email l&[email protected] or apply online.

Teaching Assistant (Level 3)

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who want to pursue a career as a Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant or a Special Education Needs Assistant. If you are interested in learning through practical experience, this could be the course for you.

This qualification will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills needed when supporting teaching and learning in schools.

As an Apprentice you will gain valuable experience working with an employer carrying out various duties such as interventions, one to ones, completing records, whilst gaining the skills of communication, health and safety and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.

The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship will require some supervisory elements. 

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Applicants must have left school and be aged 16 or over on 31 August of the funding year in which they start.

Applicants must be a UK citizen, or have the right of abode in the UK, or is a citizen of a country that is within the EEA and have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the EU or the EEA continuously for the previous three years before the start of learning.

  • Level 2 STL Apprenticeship (Framework) – we would like you to have 4 GCSEs at grade 3-2 (D-E), preferably including Maths and English.
  • Level 3 STL Advanced Apprenticeship (Framework) – we would like you to have 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A* - C), including Maths and English.

Apprentices must be employed, for a minimum of 30 hours, with a suitable employer in order to link and develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to be successful in this area.

Apprentices will be subject to a DBS check.

Vacancies can be found at:

Alternatively if you have sourced your own employer, our Employment Engagement Officer will arrange to meet with the placement to discuss funding, grants and answer any questions the employer may have.

All applicants will be asked to attend an interview with the Tutor / Assessor and complete a short initial assessment. This will take approximately 45 minutes.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours to reflect the needs of local and regional employers, gain qualifications and be successful in this area.

The curriculum is planned and sequenced to enable learners with previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of their career, training, education or employment.

The curriculum is flexible and responsive to learner demands and can be tailored to suit individual needs, arising from any current and dynamic issues affecting their role, which can be addressed during workshop sessions.

As an apprentice you will need to be able to demonstrate knowledge and practical skills at the end of your apprenticeship training programme and understand how this reflects the needs of the local, regional and national economy.

What will the course cover?

The Advanced Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship will include:

  • Level 2 English, Mathematics and ICT Functional Skills / GCSE
  • End Point assessment which consists of the following
    • Practical observation and Q&A
    • Professional discussion

This Apprenticeship will develop knowledge, skills and behaviours in the following areas:

  • Understand how pupils learn and develop
  • Appropriate technology to support learning
  • Working with teachers to understand and support assessment for learning
  • Knowledge of the curriculum
  • Keeping children safe in education
  • Skills
  • Develop strategies to support and enhance learning
  • Communication and teamwork
  • Work with Teachers to accurately assess and provide developmental feedback
  • How to use technology to enhance learning
  • Problem solving, coaching and motivational skills
  • Behaviours
  • Building relationships and embracing change
  • Adding value to education
  • Promoting equality, diversity and inclusive practice
  • Professional standards and ethics and personal accountability
  • Team working, collaboration and engagement

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You may gain employment with your employer and / or another employer in the education sector or decide to complete a higher Apprenticeship or progress onto higher education.  Roles could include:

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Learning Support Assistant
  • Special Education Needs Assistant

Where and when will I learn?        

During the course you will be expected to attend work a minimum of 30 hours per week where you will learn the skills and knowledge to help you continue through your qualification. You will be supported in the workplace through regular visits with your tutor and you will also be expected to come into the training centre for support sessions to build on your vocational knowledge and complete Functional Skills.

Your Apprenticeship will take approximately 15 months to complete depending on the level chosen, but all Apprenticeships are a minimum of 12 months.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your photo ID, National Insurance number and any certificates you may have on your first day. The tutor will provide a list of resources you may need to bring in the future.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free for all learners.

What shall I do next?

For further information, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 01325 405601, text us on 07932 869325, or email l&[email protected] or apply online.

Operations / Departmental Manager Apprenticeship (Level 5)

Who is this course for?

This course will provide learners in an organisation with the leadership and organisational knowledge and skills required to progress their career. This is ideal for professionals who already manage teams and or projects and are responsible for achieving operational or departmental goals.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Must be a UK citizen, or have the right of abode in the UK, or is a citizen of a country that is within the EEA and have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the EU or the EEA continuously for the previous three years before the start of learning.

We would like you to have Level 3 NVQ Leadership and Management and GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) or equivalent, including Maths, English. We also offer Functional Skills English and maths at Level 2 for those needing to gain these qualifications.

You will have an existing role with managerial responsibilities. Apprentices must be employed, for a minimum of 30 hours, in an existing role with managerial responsibilities and at least two members of reporting staff in order to link and develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to be successful in this area. Applicants will be asked to undertake an initial assessment of existing knowledge and skills and attend an information and guidance interview, lasting approximately 45 minutes.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours to reflect the needs of local and regional employers, gain qualifications and be successful in this area.

The curriculum is planned and sequenced to enable learners with previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of their career, training, education or employment.

The curriculum is flexible and responsive to learner demands and can be tailored to suit individual needs, arising from any current and dynamic issues affecting their role, which can be addressed during workshop sessions.

As an apprentice you will need to be able to demonstrate knowledge and practical skills at the end of your apprenticeship training programme and understand how this reflects the needs of the local, regional and national economy.

What will the course cover?

Apprenticeships give you the chance to learn and gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst being employed. Leadership and Management covers several areas such as:

  • Leading People
  • Managing People
  • Building Relationships
  • Communication
  • Operational Management
  • Project Management
  • Finance
  • Self-Awareness
  • Decision Making
  • Management of Self


The above topics will be studied over a period of 30 months in your place of employment. You may also be expected to take the additional qualifications:

  • Functional Skills maths and English (depending on type and grade of qualification currently held)

Apprenticeships require the learner / candidate to be given 20%, paid, off the job training as part of their course.

All Apprenticeship standards have an End Point Assessment, which you would be expected to complete for you to achieve your Apprenticeship. More information on this can be obtained from the Learning & Skills team.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

On completion, Apprentices can register as full members with the Chartered Management Institute and/or the Institute of Leadership & Management, and those with 3 years of management experience can apply for Chartered Manager status through the CMI. You will also be given information, advice and guidance regarding further developing your skills in your management role or to progress your knowledge to a higher level.

Where and when will I learn?

During the course you will be expected to attend the training centre (Eastbourne Sports Complex) once a month to work towards the mandatory elements of the framework via the e-portfolio. The remaining days will be spent working with your employer gaining the skills, knowledge and behaviours required in preparation for End Point Assessment (EPA). Functional Skills English and maths are embedded into your training programme but, if needed, additional training is available in these areas to enable you to gain the grades required to achieve the Apprenticeship. More information on your Functional Skills requirements will be discussed at the interview stage. Apprenticeships require the learner/ candidate to be given 20%, paid, off the job training as part of their course.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your national insurance number, photo ID and any certificates you may have on your first day. The tutor will provide a list of resources you may need to bring in the future.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free for all learners.

What shall I do next?

For further information, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

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Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle & Maintenance Repair

Who is this course for?

This course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to be able to continue onto an apprenticeship in motor vehicle maintenance.

As a Pre-Apprentice learner you will gain valuable motor vehicle knowledge on a range of vehicle systems, which will be essential when developing practical skills, working with modern tools and equipment in our fully equipped motor vehicle workshop.

Practical training and assessments will be conducted whilst working on the servicing and replacement of a range of light vehicle components from all vehicle systems, including engine, braking, suspension, steering, cooling and fuel systems. During the course you will also develop skills in communication, reading job cards, locating vehicle data and carrying out a variety of measurements. You will also develop valuable transferable skills, such as problem solving and working to deadlines.

Work experience is also an element of the course to put into practice the skills you have been taught. This will also further develop the practical and problem solving skills required for progression on to an apprenticeship, further education or employment.

You will receive free meals during training days and also receive a weekly Arriva bus pass – these will be dependent on attendance to the course.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • You will need to be aged 16–18 before the start of the course.
  • GCSEs at grade 9–4 (or A–C) in Maths and English are desirable, but not essential as additional training will be given including an additional half days attendance at the training centre.
  • All applicants will be asked to attend an interview with the Trainer / Assessor and complete a short initial assessment. This will take approximately 45 minutes.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours to reflect the needs of local and regional employers and become a qualified and successful Vehicle Technician.

The curriculum is planned and sequenced to provide students with a structured and challenging learning programme that supports their development and progression in line with their career plans. The programme will enable learners with previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of their career, training, education or employment.

As a learner you will need to be able to demonstrate knowledge and practical skills throughout your training programme and understand how this reflects the needs of the local, regional and national economy.

The curriculum has been designed so that throughout the duration of the course, learners gradually develop a good understanding of the motor trade and develop the skills required to complete component replacement tasks, over a range of vehicle systems.

The curriculum will be individually tailored learners aged 16-18 and will include a substantial qualifications that stretch students and prepare them for education at the next level or for employment. English and mathematics training is also included, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 4.

An element of work experience is also planned into the curriculum to give students the opportunity to develop their career choices and to apply the skills, they have developed during the course, in real working conditions

What will the course cover?

The Diploma course give you the chance to learn and gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst further enhancing your chances of gaining an apprenticeship or full time job in the motor trade.

You will learn the following mandatory and core units:

  • Competency and knowledge in Health, Safety and Good Housekeeping
  • Competency and knowledge in Supporting Job Roles
  • Skills in Materials, Fabrication, Tools and Measuring Devices
  • Competency and knowledge in Routine Light Vehicle Maintenance
  • Competency and knowledge in Removing and Replacing Light Vehicle Engine Units and Components
  • Competency and knowledge in Removing and Replacing Light Vehicle Electrical Units and Components
  • Competency and knowledge in Removing and Replacing Light Vehicle Chassis Units and Components
  • Knowledge of Light Vehicle Transmission and Driveline Units and Components
  • Knowledge of Light Vehicle Fuel, Ignition, Air and Exhaust System Units and Components
  • You will also be expected to take the additional qualifications:
  • Functional Skills or GCSE maths and English (depending on your qualifications)

What could I do when I have finished this course?

The main aim of this programme is to progress into a Motor Vehicle Apprenticeship Level 3 standard but other progression routes include full time employment or another full time training programme, within the same or different vocational area. You will also be given information and guidance to help you decide the next stage of your educational / career journey.

Where and when will I learn?

During the course you will be expected to attend the Training Centre (Unit 2 Lingfield Way, Darlington) 2 days per week to work towards the theory and practical elements of the course. The remaining 3 days could be spent working, voluntarily, with a local employer gaining the skills and knowledge required to develop the skills you have learnt in the training centre.

Functional Skills English and maths are embedded into your training programme but, if needed, additional training is available in these areas to enable you to gain the grades required as part of the Diploma course. More information on your Functional Skills / GCSE requirements will be provided at the interview stage.

Your Diploma will take approximately 10 months to complete, normally starting in September and ending at the end of June.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your national insurance number, photo ID and any certificates you may have on your first day. The tutor will provide a list of resources you may need to bring in the future.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]. You can apply online at www.darlington.gov.uk/apprenticeships.

Diplomas in Carpentry and Site Joinery (Level 1 and Level 2)

Who is this course for?

The course is for 16 - 18 year olds who are interested in a career in Carpentry and Joinery.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for the course but it is desirable to have an interest in carpentry and joinery.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours to reflect the needs of local and regional employers and become a qualified and successful Site Carpenter.

The curriculum is planned and sequenced to provide students with a structured and challenging learning programme that supports their development and progression in line with their career plans. The programme will enable learners with previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of their career, training, education or employment.

As a learner you will need to be able to demonstrate knowledge and practical skills throughout your training programme and understand how this reflects the needs of the local, regional and national economy.

The curriculum has been designed so that throughout the duration of the course, learners gradually develop a good understanding of the construction industry and develop the skills required to complete carpentry tasks.

The curriculum will be individually tailored learners aged 16-18 and will include a substantial qualifications that stretch students and prepare them for education at the next level or for employment. English and mathematics training is also included, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 4.

An element of work experience is also planned into the curriculum to give students the opportunity to develop their career choices and to apply the skills, they have developed during the course, in real working conditions

What will the course cover?

The Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery qualification will develop your skills and help you to work competently in the construction industry.

The skills that you will develop include:

  • Awareness and understanding of health, safety and welfare in the construction industry
  • Communicate effectively and have an understanding of technical information used within construction
  • Knowledge of construction technology
  • Produce wood working joints
  • Maintain and use carpentry and joinery hand tools
  • Use carpentry and joinery portable power tools


A work placement is provided for this course and you will also have the opportunity to improve your English and maths skills.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

This course could lead onto a Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry or Apprenticeship, but other progression routes include full time employment or another full time training programme, within the same or different vocational area.

You will also be given information and guidance to help you decide the next stage of your educational / career journey.

Where and when will I learn

The course will be delivered from our training room and workshop situated at Flex Space Business Centre (Units 14 and 39), Lingfield Way, Darlington DL1 4QZ.

You may also be required to attend additional lessons if you require support in developing your English and maths skills. These lessons will be delivered at our Learning & Skills Centre on Tubwell Row in Darlington town centre.

What should I bring with me?

You do not need to bring anything as personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided for you on at the beginning of the course.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free to attend if you are aged between 16 and 18 years old.  You will be provided with a free lunch and free travel arrangements to allow you to meet the requirements of your course. These will be discussed further with you during the application process.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

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Who is this course for?

This course is for those who want to pursue a career in site carpentry. If you are interested in learning through practical experience, this could be the course for you.

You will gain valuable experience and training fitting roofs, doors and walls, whilst gaining the skills of measuring, checking dispatch notes, invoices, calculating quantities of materials as well as how to use power tools correctly.

You may be entitled to free meals and travel while attending your course.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific entry requirements however you will be assessed on starting your course to ensure that the course is right for you and any support arrangements that are required can be made.

All applicants will be asked to attend an interview with the Tutor / Assessor and complete a short initial assessment. This will take approximately 45 minutes.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours to reflect the needs of local and regional employers and become a qualified and successful Site Carpenter.

The curriculum is planned and sequenced to provide students with a structured and challenging learning programme that supports their development and progression in line with their career plans. The programme will enable learners with previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of their career, training, education or employment.

As a learner you will need to be able to demonstrate knowledge and practical skills throughout your training programme and understand how this reflects the needs of the local, regional and national economy.

The curriculum has been designed so that throughout the duration of the course, learners gradually develop a good understanding of the construction industry and develop the skills required to complete carpentry tasks.

The curriculum will be individually tailored learners aged 16-18 and will include a substantial qualifications that stretch students and prepare them for education at the next level or for employment. English and mathematics training is also included, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 4.

An element of work experience is also planned into the curriculum to give students the opportunity to develop their career choices and to apply the skills, they have developed during the course, in real working conditions.

What will the course cover?

Diplomas give you the chance to learn and gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst gaining valuable work experience with a local employer.

You will learn the following mandatory and core units:

  • Health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries
  • Prepare and use carpentry and joinery portable power tools
  • Understanding information, quantities and communication with others
  • Understanding construction technology
  • Carry out first fixing operations
  • Carry out second fixing operations
  • Carry out structural carcassing operations
  • Carry out maintenance to non-structural carpentry work


You will also have the opportunity to gain the following recognised qualifications (if required):

  • English and maths at either Level 1/2 or GCSE
  • CSCS Labourer’s card which will allow you work within the industry after passing the CITB Health, safety and environment (HS&E) operatives test and Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment qualification

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You may continue onto further education studying on an Apprenticeship in Site Carpentry or a Level 3 Diploma in Site Carpentry. You will also be given information and guidance to help with your progression onto other courses or employment.

Where and when will I learn?

During the course you will be expected to attend the training centre (Unit 14 Lingfield Way, Darlington) 2 - 3 days per week to work towards the training elements of the framework.

Additional dates will also be required throughout the course to attend valuable work experience and an insight to working on site.

Your Level 2 Diploma will take approximately 11 months to complete over the course of an academic year (September – July).

What should I bring with me?

Please bring a pen and notepad with you on the first day. The tutor will provide a list of resources you may need to bring in the future.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free for learners aged 16 – 18. More information will be available from your course tutor.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

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Diploma in Early Years Educator (Level 3)

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who want to pursue a career the Early Years sector or are already employed in the sector but would like to further their qualifications from level 2 to level 3.

For those that are not yet employed in the sector, you will gain valuable experience whilst you volunteer within an early years setting. For those already employed in the sector you will further develop your skills and knowledge and take on additional responsibilities such as becoming a key worker.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

To be 19+ in order to qualify for the advanced learner loan and to have or be working towards maths and English C/4 or above or Functional skills level 2. You must be a UK citizen, or have the right of abode in the UK, or is a citizen of a country that is within the EEA and have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the EU or the EEA continuously for the previous three years before the start of learning. You are required to have a full enhanced DBS and references.

If you are not already employed in the sector you will need to secure a volunteer placement within the early years. An early years setting could be a day nursery, the early years section of a primary school, pre-school, childminder or nanny.

You will also need to complete and application for and attend an informal interview before an offer is given.

You will also need to apply for an adult learner loan, you will be given information at your interview on how to do this.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours to reflect the needs of local and regional employers, gain qualifications and be successful in this area.

The curriculum is planned and sequenced to enable learners with previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of their career, training, education or employment.

The curriculum is flexible and responsive to learner demands and can be tailored to suit individual needs, arising from any current and dynamic issues affecting their role, which can be addressed during workshop sessions.

As an apprentice you will need to be able to demonstrate knowledge and practical skills at the end of your apprenticeship training programme and understand how this reflects the needs of the local, regional and national economy.

What will the course cover?

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator). The qualification has structured the units around 3 themes:

  • Theme 1: Health and well-being
  • Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
  • Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness

To gain this qualification the learner will need to:

  • Pass all units
  • Complete longitudinal study
  • Show competence in a real work environment

Some areas covered within the Early Years Educator are:

  • Promoting healthy lifestyles through food, nutrition and exercise
  • Health & Safety
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • The value of play
  • Theoretical perspectives
  • Observation, assessment and planning

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You may gain employment within a relevant sector and/or decide to progress into higher education.

You will also be given information and guidance to continue onto other courses. Potential job roles / careers could include: Early Years Teaching Assistant, Early Years Practitioner, Nursery Nurse, Pre-school practitioner, Childminder, Nanny and more

Where and when will I learn?

During the course you will be expected to work on your e-portfolio, you will also be supported within your workplace by your assessor on a one to one basis. Extra sessions within the training centre can be arranged. Your course will be 12 months but can be completed sooner.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your photo ID, National Insurance number and any certificates you may have on your first day. The tutor will provide a list of resources you may need to bring in the future.

How much will the course cost?

Costs are TBC

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

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Diploma in Supporting Teaching & Learning (Level 3)

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who want to pursue a career as a teaching assistant or are already employed in the sector but would like to further their qualifications from level 2 to level 3.

For those that are not yet employed in the sector, you will gain valuable experience whilst you volunteer within an educational setting. For those already employed in the sector you will further develop your skills and knowledge and take on additional responsibilities.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

To be 19+ in order to qualify for the advanced learner loan and to have or be working towards maths and English C/4 or above or Functional skills level 2. You must be a UK citizen, or have the right of abode in the UK, or is a citizen of a country that is within the EEA and have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the EU or the EEA continuously for the previous three years before the start of learning. You will require a full enhanced DBS and references.

If you are not already employed in the sector you will need to secure a volunteer placement within a school.

You will also need to complete and application form and attend an informal interview before an offer is given.

You will also need to apply for an adult learner loan, you will be given information at your interview on how to do this.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours to reflect the needs of local and regional employers, gain qualifications and be successful in this area.

The curriculum is planned and sequenced to enable learners with previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of their career, training, education or employment.

The curriculum is flexible and responsive to learner demands and can be tailored to suit individual needs, arising from any current and dynamic issues affecting their role, which can be addressed during workshop sessions.

What will the course cover?

This qualification provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people in school and college environments. This qualification consists of 16 mandatory units that include subject areas such as:

  • Schools and Colleges as Organisations
  • Support English and Maths Skills
  • Support Assessment for Learning
  • Understand How to Support Bilingual Learners

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You may gain employment within a relevant sector and/or decide to progress into higher education. You will also be given information and guidance to continue onto other courses. Potential job roles / careers could include: Teaching Assistant, SEND Teaching Assistant, Pastoral Support, Student Support, Learning Support Assistant and more.

Where and when will I learn?

During the course you will be expected to work on your e-portfolio, you will also be supported within your workplace by your assessor on a one to one basis.  Extra sessions within the training centre can be arranged. Your course will be 12 months but can be completed sooner.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your photo ID, National Insurance number and any certificates you may have on your first day. The tutor will provide a list of resources you may need to bring in the future.

How much will the course cost?

Costs are TBC.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]

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Diploma in Adult Care [Adults for England] (Level 3 & 4)

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who want to pursue a career in the health and social care sector or are already employed in the sector but would like to further their qualifications from level 2 to level 3, or from level 3 to level 4.

For those who are not yet employed in the sector, you will gain valuable experience whilst you volunteer in a relevant HSC role. For those already employed in the sector you will further develop your skills and knowledge and take on additional responsibilities.

For those who want to complete level 4, you must already have a recognised qualification and a job in the HSC sector.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

  • To be 19+ in order to qualify for the advanced learner loan and to have or be working towards maths and English C/4 or above or Functional Skills level 2.
  • Must be a UK citizen, or have the right of abode in the UK, or is a citizen of a country that is within the EEA and have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the EU or the EEA continuously for the previous three years before the start of learning.
  • A full enhanced DBS and references.
  • If you are not already employed in the sector you will need to secure a volunteer placement within an adult care setting
  • You will also need to complete an application form and attend an informal interview before an offer is given.
  • You will also need to apply for an adult learner loan. You will be given information at your interview on how to do this.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course curriculum will enable learners to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours to reflect the needs of local and regional employers, gain qualifications and be successful in this area.

The curriculum is planned and sequenced to enable learners with previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of their career, training, education or employment.

The curriculum is flexible and responsive to learner demands and can be tailored to suit individual needs, arising from any current and dynamic issues affecting their role, which can be addressed during workshop sessions.

As an Adult Care Diploma learner you will need to be able to demonstrate appropriate competencies and knowledge, while understanding how this reflects the needs of the local, regional and national economy.

What will the course cover?

NCFE cache level 3 Diploma In Adult Care

This qualification provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with individuals in a health and social care setting. This qualification consists of 9 mandatory units and a choice of optional units that reflect the job role and sector the learner is working in.

Following are an example of some commonly chosen optional units:

  • Understand how to support individuals to access and engage in education, training and employment (ETE)
  • Facilitate learning and development activities to meet individual needs and preferences
  • Awareness of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Promote nutrition and hydration in adult care settings
  • Support independence in the tasks of daily living
  • Support individuals to live at home
  • Understand how to support individuals with autism spectrum condition
  • Understand the process and experience of dementia
  • End of life care
  • Understand mental health problems

NCFE cache level 3 Diploma In Adult Care

This qualification provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with individuals in a health and social care setting. This qualification consists of 12 mandatory units and a choice of optional units that reflect the job role and sector the learner is working in.

Following are an example of some commonly chosen optional units:

  • Advocacy in adult care
  • Lead practice in providing information, advice and guidance
  • Promote nutrition and hydration in adult care settings
  • Support individuals to access and use services and facilities
  • Undertake research in adult care
  • Mentoring in adult social care
  • Manage resources in adult care

What could I do when I have finished the course?

You may gain employment within a relevant sector and/or decide to progress into higher education. You will also be given information and guidance to continue onto other courses.

On completion of the level 3 adult care diploma, learners can progress into employment in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres or some clinical healthcare settings within job roles such as:

  • Senior care assistant
  • Lead support worker
  • Lead personal assistant
  • Team leader
  • Reablement support worker
  • Assessor/trainer

The level 4 adult care diploma will enable learners to progress into employment in settings such as residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, an individual’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings in roles such as:

  • Community Care/Support Officer
  • Social Care Assessor
  • Care Assessment Officer
  • Social Services Officer
  • Brokerage Worker
  • Rehabilitation and Reablement Assistant
  • Independence Support Assistant
  • Reablement Support Workers/Officer
  • Telecare Assistant
  • Assistive Technology Co-ordinator/Officer.

Where and when will I learn?

During the course you will be expected to work on your e-portfolio, you will also be supported within your workplace by your assessor on a one to one basis. Extra sessions within the training centre can be arranged. Your course will be 12 months but can be completed sooner.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your photo ID, National Insurance number and any certificates you may have on your first day. The tutor will provide a list of resources you may need to bring in the future.

How much will the course cost?

Costs are to be confirmed.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 01325 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]