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Apprenticeships training

Service delivered in the community
An apprenticeship combines paid work with the opportunity to learn and gain qualifications – giving you a route to a new career.

Who is it for?

You can access this service if you:

  • Are aged 16 years or older; and
  • Live in England; and
  • Are eligible to work in the UK; and
  • Are not already in full-time education – whether you have a job at the moment or not

Some apprenticeships may require previous qualifications such as an English or maths GCSE, but please don’t worry if you don’t have these as we can help you to achieve them as part of the course.

How we help

An apprenticeship is a real job with an employer where you earn whilst learning. Apprentices are employees with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you’ll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.

Forward works in partnership with the company that employs you. We deliver the training and teaching, supporting you to gain your qualification. Support includes:

  • Regular training sessions to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours for your chosen career path
  • Tailored information, advice and guidance (IAG) or careers advice
  • Coaching and mentoring support
  • Celebrating and promoting your achievements
  • Access to our virtual learning environment and ‘e-portfolio’ system (an online portal that not only helps you track your progress but gives you access to your tutors outside of taught sessions)

Available qualifications

Forward specialises in delivering the below apprentice qualifications (called ‘standards’):

Employability Practitioner Level 4 Apprenticeship


  • Level 4 apprenticeship
  • Duration: months (minimum 18 months)
  • Entry requirements: set by the employer
  • Eligibility: candidates must have achieved education Level 2 Maths and English (equivalent to GCSEs 9 to 4 or A* to C) prior to completing their apprenticeship
  • Professional recognition: candidates gain membership of the Institute of Employability Professionals

Who it’s for

Employability practitioners working on local and national contracts across a range of public services, including back to work programmes, careers advice and guidance, housing, probation, health and social care.

Why take part?

In the current economic climate, this apprenticeship is more important than ever. The important role frontline staff play in supporting people back into work deserves the recognition and support that this apprenticeship offers. It will give you the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to thrive in the sector and improve outcomes for your clients and learners.

Key learning areas

  • Holistic action plans and reviews
  • Designing, delivering and facilitating interventions
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Managing challenging and complex caseloads
  • Problem solving and risk/crisis management
  • Stakeholder management and engagement
  • Job search and other interventions
  • Supported employment
Business Administrator Level 3 Apprenticeship


  • Level 3 apprenticeship
  • Duration: 18 months
  • Entry requirements: set by the employer
  • Eligibility: you must have achieved education level 2 in Maths and English (equivalent to GCSEs 9 to 4 or A* to C) prior to completing your apprenticeship

Who it’s for

The Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship Standard has been designed for those with existing experience looking to develop their Business and Administration skills in preparation for improved career prospects. This includes people in job roles including:

  • Office managers
  • Human resources managers
  • Administrative supervisors
  • Secretaries/personal assistants
  • Data administrators
  • HR Assistants
  • Team administrators
  • Office Administrators
  • Project administrators
  • Finance administrators

Why take part?

Improve your future career prospects by developing transferable knowledge and skills across a range of administrative practices and tasks, which can be applied to all industries.

Key learning areas

  • Business fundamentals
  • Relevant policies
  • Project management
  • Record and document production
  • Quality assurance
IEP Accredited Employability Induction Level 2


  • Level 2 certificate
  • Duration: 15 hours
  • Entry requirements: IEP members and employees of corporate partners
  • Eligibility: you must be employed in the employability sector

Who it’s for

The Sector Induction is for those new to the employablity sector, as well as for more experienced practitioners who may not have received a formal sector induction or are looking to improve their overall knowledge.

Why take part?

Develop the skills and knowledge needed for a thriving career in the employability sector and progress to a relevant apprenticeship.

Key learning areas

  • Introduction to the sector – including key stakeholders and the main roles and responsibilities of an employability practitioner
  • Client/learner journeys – they key steps your clients take and what support is available
  • Understanding your clients/learners – including common barriers and opportunities
  • Caseload management – frameworks and working models that can support you to achieve your targets while providing excellent service

The Forward Trust is an approved main training provider and on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers.

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