What do apprentices learn?

Firebrand’s apprenticeship programmes are based around a core suite of residential training programmes delivering fundamental knowledge and skills to support on-the-job activity. All training courses are held at our dedicated training centre in Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire. In our experience, residential training’s benefits to apprentices and businesses include:

Delivering ‘overnight’ skills gain.

Our block-release approach allows apprentices to acquire an entire skillset in one out-of-office period, rather than gaining skills incrementally in a day-release model. Residential training allows apprentices to immerse themselves in a specific product and understand how it can be effectively applied to tasks in their workplace, making them instantly more skilled and productive on their return. Where relevant, Firebrand’s on-site Pearson VUE testing centre means apprentices can also gain professional certification as part of their residential course.

Ensuring a consistent and repeatable experience.

Delivering all our training from a single venue gives us complete control over the quality of the environment, equipment and instruction for every course we deliver. Hiring and retaining high-quality instructors is far easier in a single-venue model; this is particularly essential to facilitate delivery of more specialist training such as cyber security qualifications, for which there is a very small pool of qualified trainers. This ensures that every apprentice, no matter their working location or start date, get exactly the same first-class learning experience.

Creating a hub for IT learning.

All Firebrand learners benefit from the ability to learn in an environment entirely oriented towards excellence in their sector. Whether attending publicly scheduled courses or closed cohorts from across a single employer, apprentices have the opportunity to learn how people in other roles and (potentially) businesses apply the same product or process to achieve different solutions.

Guaranteeing apprentices’ safety and security.

With training, residential and catering facilities all on the same site, we can employ effective safeguarding protocols to ensure the wellbeing of all apprentices while training.

Browse our full portfolio of apprenticeship programmes to see which Firebrand courses align to each Standard.

Learning in the workplace

All Firebrand apprentices spend at least 95% of their apprenticeship learning at work. Our structured delivery ensures apprentices learn everything they need to know – and everything you want them to know – without neglecting their day-to-day role.

We’ll provide you with a comprehensive month-by-month timetable to show the learning to be delivered that month, the format (e.g. online, off-the-job activity, residential training course) and the support required from employers and Firebrand. Everyone supporting the apprentice receives a copy of the timetable, helping us work together and avoiding any surprises along the way.

Online learning

Apprentices gain key knowledge through online training from a range of more than 300 specialist digital training courses, provided by our learning partners Pluralsight and Springboard. Pluralsight is an interactive course provider offering a wealth of learning resources and a ‘sandbox’ learning environment which allows apprentices virtual practice of new skills before taking them onto live systems. Springboard’s online courses are project-based, matching apprentices with real-world mentors to simulate the working environment.

Developing your apprenticeship programmes

Apprentices at Firebrand receive a unique learning experience, built around our accelerated training courses. Here’s how we combine Government requirements with those of your business to build apprenticeships that deliver the skills you really need.

Step 1: Reviewing Knowledge Modules

Every standard has a number of Knowledge Modules associated with it, which must be covered – and evidence of cover provided - to gain the apprenticeship. Our Product Development and Curriculum Team review the content of these modules regularly to understand the content and how this maps against our portfolio of more than 700 accelerated training courses.

Step 2: Reviewing the Occupational Brief

The Occupational Brief corresponds to each Standard, containing a detailed breakdown of the learning outcomes and job experience required to pass the apprenticeship. The Product Development and Curriculum Team work with our Operations Team to cover the brief’s required skills and behaviours through additional Firebrand training courses, online training, off-the-job activities and further teaching delivered by our Learning Mentors.

Step 3: Aligning Firebrand’s award-winning courses

The Product Development and Curriculum Team create a core training offer for each apprenticeship that covers all Knowledge Module content and any additional requirements detailed in the occupational brief. Our recommended offer for each apprenticeship (including any mandatory courses) is set out on our website, including details of the knowledge modules each course covers.

Firebrand’s Operations, Product Development and Curriculum teams help customers identify a preferred mix of courses, which are documented in the Provision of Apprenticeships form signed by all parties prior to the start of learning.

The industry-recognised training your apprentice gets include vendors like:

  • CompTIA
  • BCS
  • EC-Council
  • Microsoft
  • ITIL

Talk to Firebrand now to get expert advice on how to use your Levy to upskill your business in IT.

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