(Functional Skills and Employability) Access to Apprenticeships

The Access to Apprenticeships programme is for those wanting to access an apprenticeship and will run 2 days a week, focusing on important work based skills, apprenticeship and work applications as well as Maths and English (through the completion of Functional Skills).

Maths and English can often be seen as a barrier to success on an apprenticeship, and this programme will see students working in a supportive environment to achieve Functional Skills to a level 2 standard (GCSE 4 equivalent).

All students will liaise with our Apprenticeship and Business Support teams in the latter part of the programme to receive individualised guidance to support them through the process of gaining an apprenticeship later in the 2023-24 academic year or for the start of the 2024-25 academic year.

Course Info
How to Apply
Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at any prospective student who wishes to progress onto an apprenticeship, but does not meet the relevant entry criteria for a course, or needs to develop the necessary work based learning skills.

Course Outline

The Access to Apprenticeship programme includes the Level 1 Certificate in Employability Skills covers content such as; working as part of team in the workplace, skills, attitudes and behaviours for work, CV writing, interview skills and many other workplace relevant knowledge to prepare the student for an apprenticeship in the workplace.

As part of the course, students will also develop important maths and English skills through the completion of Functional Skills.

All students will liaise with the Apprenticeship admin and business support teams in the latter parts of the programme to support them through the process of gaining an apprenticeship later in the 2023-24 academic year or for the start of the 2024-25 academic year.

Course Content

The Access to Apprenticeship programme will cover the following:

  1. Level 1 certificate in Employability
  2. Functional Skills Maths
  3. Functional Skills English
How will I learn?

This is a classroom based programme with revision at home.

Entry Requirements

Eligibility criteria:

  • Students may only study if they are not completing any other funded course with Colchester Institute or another provider.
  • Students must have a maths/ English need and will work towards achieving a Functional skill in either/ both Maths and English. Applicants with a 4 (C) GCSE grade in both subjects will not be accepted onto the course
  • Students should have an Apprenticeship in mind as the progression route from this course
  • All applicants will undertake initial and diagnostic assessments as part of the application process to determine course eligibility
Career Opportunities

Employment as part of an apprenticeship

Applications are currently closed

For those looking to start this course in September 2024, applications will open on July 8th 2024.


(Functional Skills and Employability) Access to Apprenticeships
Course Outline: For students Looking to develop Maths, English and Work based skills to progress onto an apprenticeship
LevelLevel 2
Duration2 days a week for 6 - 12 months
Campus / Adult Skills CentreColchester Campus
Attendance(days TBC, current programme Weds and Fri) 09:00 – 16:00 with an hour lunch


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