Information For Apprentices

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Everything that one of our apprentices needs to know is on this page. This includes a comprehensive list of support services information, all you need to know about the recruitment process, when you should apply and when you can expect any vacancies, and the facilities that are used at our centre at Barnwood Point.

Taking on an apprenticeship can be daunting, which makes it important for you to do as much research as you can. We have done our best to provide as much information as you need on one page so you can access it at any time.

If you have any queries, feel free to get in touch via our contact page.

Support Services and Information

The welfare and safeguarding of our apprentices is paramount to GET. We believe that each apprentice is individual and that some may need more support and guidance than others during their time with us. This page will give you key contacts and information relating to Safeguarding and Welfare and individuals who can help at GET.

GET's Safeguarding Policy can be found in the Learner Handbook. Please download a copy here.

Safeguarding learners booklet can be downloaded here.

Learners guide to Safeguarding information sheet can be downloaded here.

Apprenticeship Recruitment Process

Apprentices attending GET’s training centre will benefit from both practical skills training and classroom teaching, to give them a thorough grounding in all of the key areas required for a career in modern engineering. Upon completion of the programme, apprentices are ready to take on skilled positions in a range of engineering disciplines.

In order to work towards an apprenticeship with GET, all apprentices have to be of employed status. Potential apprentices are encouraged to apply directly to GET who will support them with their search for an appropriate apprenticeship sponsor. Potential apprentices are also encouraged to apply directly to any advertisements they see in the local press or on the internet.

The recruitment process starts in January each year, after GET’s annual open evening.

Applicants can apply directly to GET, or to a preferred employer, using the GET Application Form.

Once an application form has been received, the applicant’s details are logged securely onto an internal database and then they are invited to GET to sit an initial assessment. This is a recruitment tool which identifies the strengths and areas for improvement within Engineering, IT, Communication and Numerical Reasoning. The Initial Assessment (comprising of 62 multiple choice questions) along with the Initial Needs Assessment takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete.

Immediately after the assessment you will be given:-

  • Feedback of Results
  • An explanation of the recruitment and selection process

All applicants will need to undertake this initial assessment prior to being employed and before the training commences in September.

Application forms and initial assessment results from direct applicants are circulated to prospective employers who then select and contact applicants directly to take them forward to the interview stage of their own recruitment process. GET has no input into the recruitment decisions of our Employers.


To apply for an Apprenticeship, you will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs or equivalent above Grade 4 (Grade C), including Mathematics, English and Science.

To view the current vacancies our employers have, click here.

Apprenticeship Vacancies

The recruitment process for the September 2019 intake will start in January 2019 after the Recruitment Event on 21st January 2019. Live employer vacancies will be added to this section of our website shortly afterwards.


Further information about the 2019 Recruitment event will follow shortly.

For now, see our current vacancies, here.

Items Needed For Training

If you are an apprentice on a level 3 apprenticeship attending GET on an 11 month block release or part time delivery format, you will receive a welcome letter informing you of all the items you need to bring with you on your first day. This information is also listed below:

  • Photocopies of your GCSE Certificates and any Engineering Qualification Certificates e.g. PEO Units, BTEC etc
  • Scientific calculator- a Casio fx83es or equivalent will be suitable
  • Ruler, protractor, set square
  • Lever Arch Folder, A4 pad of paper, pens, pencil and eraser
  • A padlock for your personal locker- this must be 6-8mm diameter bar standard padlock
  • Safety boots, safety glasses and overalls as provided by your employer. (If you have not received these items, contact your employer before you start at GET)
  • If you are intending on cycling to GET please make sure you bring a bicycle lock

Facilities at Barnwood Point

Parking

Parking is available for learners at Barnwood Point in one of two learner car parks. Spaces are limited and on a first come, first served basis. Please note that parking anywhere else on the estate outside of these two allocated learner parking areas is not permitted and a fine will be incurred if your vehicle is found parked elsewhere on the estate.


Cycle Storage

A cycle shelter is provided on site and is locked for secure storage. We still strongly recommend that you provide your own cycle chain and lock for additional security.


Canteen facilities

There isn't any canteen facilities at GET, however we do provide vending machines with hot and cold drinks and vending machines selling snacks (crisps, chocolate bars etc.). There is a sandwich van which visits the site daily or alternatively you can bring a packed lunch. Fridges and microwaves are available in the learner rest room.


Lockers

Lockers are available to first year learners, however, you will need to provide your own padlock.

Apprentice NUS Card

GTA England have come to a great arrangement with the National Union of Students (NUS) whereby a discount card has been developed which will offer vocational learners the same discounts and benefits as other students.

For just £11 per year, Apprentice Extra Card holders will be able to enjoy discounts on a variety of essentials including on travel, sport, books and DVD, technology, mobile and broadband, as well as fashion, beauty and going out, from more than 120 high street and online retail partners.

For further information, please follow the leaflet: Download or visit the GTA England website to see how to purchase the card.

Learner Welfare

Learner Welfare is also extremely important and further information can be found in GET’s learner 'GET Connected, GET Help' booklet here. Within this booklet you will find a lot of useful contacts to help with a variety of different issues you may be facing.

Please also remember that we have a designated in house Welfare Officer who is always on hand to listen, give support and signpost you should you need it. You can contact the learner Welfare Officer Tara Lavoie via email (t.lavoie@get-trained.org), telephone (01452 423461) or by arranging a face-to-face meeting.



Other useful resources:


Learning Difficulties Guidance

Useful links if you are suffering from a learning difficulty


Health and Well-being

Tips for looking after yourself


Mental Health

Guidance on mental health


Know your rights - Maternity and Paternity

Legal information on Maternity and Paternity

VLE Login

All learning materials are stored on the GET’s VLE via Moodle.


Other Courses

As well as Apprenticeships, GET also offers Further and Higher Education Programmes and Skills Training. Click for more information.


Learner Testimonials

To find out more about what our apprentices say about our programmes, click here.


Learner Handbook

There are a number of policies and procedures in place which learners are expected to adhere whilst they are on programme with GET. They are all contained with the learner handbook which is available for apprentices on site and via our VLE. A copy of the handbook is also accessible via this link.