Apprenticeship in automotive glazing
An Apprenticeship in Automotive Glazing has a formal structure, made up of constituent parts.
Apprentices must collect credits that make up each of the elements, shown below. Windscreen training takes place on the job and progress is monitored by The Automotive Glazing Academy.
The Apprenticeship takes a minimum of 12 months to complete. There are five elements to the programme structure:
- Vocationally Competent Qualification (VCQ)
The VCQ (Level 2) makes up the ‘on the job’ part of the Apprenticeship. This proves apprentices can do a range of practical tasks in the workplace to a national standard.
- Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQ)
Known as a Technical Certificate, the VRQ is the theory element, showing proof of knowledge and understanding. As well as doing some assignments, apprentices must also pass some multiple-choice tests on the internet. Apprentices work towards the Certificate in Glass Related Operations (Level 2).
- Functional Skills / Key Skills
This is made up of three elements that all need to be completed successfully:
Information and Communication Technology
(Exemptions may apply to those who have already achieved equivalent Key Skills qualifications.)
- Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
It’s important that apprentices learn how to communicate effectively, work as part of team, solve problems and also learn from their mistakes. This element of the Apprenticeship includes instruction as well as practical scenarios.
- Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
Once employed, every apprentice has to have a proper induction into the company, which must include an introduction to your rights and obligations as an employee. This module shows that they have understood the requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
An apprentice is an employee and is paid a salary that reflects their skills, experience and age. The statutory minimum wage for an apprentice is set by the Skills Funding Agency. From 1 October 2015, this is £3.30 per hour.
Apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds are fully financed by the Skills Funding Agency, so there are no training costs for the employer. The funding enables AGA to provide the following:
- Programme management
- Assessment and training
- Administration and quality assurance
- Resources and materials
No. There is a requirement to ensure that all the required assessments and records of evidence are compiled correctly and kept up-to-date but employers receive support and guidance on this process from the AGA Assessor who would be assigned to the business.
It’s important for the employer to give the apprentice an induction into their role and provide on the job training. Employers are also responsible for paying apprentices. We recommend that employers check they are familiar with current employment legislation, as an apprentice is now classed the same as other employees in matter of law.
AGA can help your business select, recruit and train the most suitable apprentices. Every employer must undergo a Health and Safety check prior to taking on an apprentice. This is standard procedure and AGA facilitates this.
Improving the bottom line
Apprenticeships are proven to deliver real returns, as they are a vital way of generating a progressive and valuable workforce. Competition is getting tougher, so a well-trained, extra pair of hands can make a positive difference. By offering a flexible resource that can help a business grow, apprentices provide a competitive advantage to exploit growth opportunities.
Filling skills gaps
Apprenticeships deliver skills designed around business needs. They also help develop the specialist skills to keep pace with the latest automotive glazing technology.
Apprentices tend to be eager to learn and loyal to the company that invests in them. Taking on an apprentice is cost effective because they can learn while they’re working and the Government contributes to the costs of their training.
Doing an Apprenticeship in Automotive Glazing means a young person can earn while they learn, developing highly valuable skills that will be in demand.
Apprentices can start work from the age of 16, helping them to become more financially independent earlier in life. AGA aims to give its apprentices a head start on the career ladder by providing additional training in windscreen and vehicle glass repair and use of specialist tools.
Apprenticeships in automotive glazing are demanding but apprentices find them very rewarding with attractive earnings potential.
Employers appoint a mentor for every apprentice, who is responsible for their safety and welfare in the workplace.