Modern Apprenticeships with XL
XL Training (Scotland) Ltd is a leading Private Training Provider for Work-Based Qualifications which are part of the Modern Apprenticeship Programmes in Scotland. We have been in operation for over 20 years within this Industry and are highly thought of. We have a working contract with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to deliver Modern Apprenticeships throughout Scotland. This contract means that Apprentices and Employers can benefit from this high quality service.
Why use our Service?
We value our staff and we value the importance of continually developing our own workforce and recruiting a high calibre of staff who understand the importance of delivering a quality service and product. The majority of our team have been with us for over 15 years and we understand the benefits of looking after the welfare of our own staff and in return they take a huge pride in the work they carry out. Consistency is one of the keys to success and appointing one Assessor throughout the journey of an Apprentice is essential.
We are continually graded as a Training Provider who delivers a High Quality of work showing a "High Confidence" rating by the Awarding Body, Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
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We support Businesses that have existing employees who wish to further their training in a specialised area and in addition we will assist with the Recruitment of an Apprentice which helps to develop the young workforce.
Modern Apprenticeship Information
What are Modern Apprenticeships?
The Apprenticeship Programmes are a way of “Earning while you are Learning”. The programmes are delivered with a flexible approach and are carried out within the workplace at a time that is convenient to the Employer and the Apprentice. It is a structured format that develops the Apprentice within the workplace which leads to an improvement in skills, attitude, motivation and enthusiasm. The Modern Apprenticeship programmes are made up of a Framework which includes Core Skills and Industry Specific Standards developed and designed by the Sector Skills Councils. The Sector Skills Councils we work with are; People 1st International , Instructus Skills, the IMI etc. We use Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) as our Awarding Body. On Achievement a Framework Certificate is issued by the appropriate Sector Skills Council along with an SQA Certificate for the specific Qualification undertaken and the Level you have achieved which includes any Core Skills required.
The Modern Apprenticeships we deliver are:
*Funding criteria applies to these programmes.
Resources & Support
A team of experienced business people who can help with many aspects of your business.
Working towards Equality and a Diverse Workforce
As an Employer it is important to encourage individuals from all walks of life to apply for positions you advertise. Equality, Inclusivity and having a Diverse workforce can lead to increased creativity, faster problem solving, better decision making , higher employee engagement , reduced employment turnover and a better company reputation. It can lead to the ability to have a higher level of innovation, the ability to look at things from a variety of different perspectives and ability to deal with change more easily. It can give you improved hiring results all in turn which can assist with increased productivity with the end result being that of, an increased profitability.
For an Employer seeking assistance with advertising a vacancy please follow this link. www.apprenticeships.scot
Often people will leave schools with Numeracy and Literacy Issues. We can help you with this when you start your programme by looking at alternative methods of support. Speak to your allocated Asssessor about getting additional support.
There is additional support which can be accessed . Please discuss with you Assessor any requirements you may have.
Xl Training have developed a resource list of Support Networks which covers National and Geographical areas. These organisations help to support individuals through life eg Mental Health, Transgender, Equality , Disability and Protected Characteristic groups. The list is not exhaustive. If you require help or information regarding any issues you may be having please ask your allocated Assessor and we will refer you to the appropriate organisation.
Skills Development Scotland who contribute towards the funding of Apprenticeship Programmes have resources useful for current Apprentices and for those wishing to undertake Apprenticeship Programmes.
Also see www.myworldofwork.co.uk
Employee Minimum Wage Please refer to the HMRC website here for information on pay rates for Apprentices and the National minimum wage
GDPR and Data Protection Act
Equality Act 2010
Please note that the information provided on our literature meets Skills development Scotland (SDS) criteria for funded programmes. SDS have stated that these programmes are exempt from the Age Discrimination Law. XL Training are contracted to SDS to deliver funded programmes. Please refer to www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk. For those individuals outwith SDS criteria for funded programmes, Costs will apply. To find out more about costs for these programmes please contact – firstname.lastname@example.org. The decision on your employment lies with the Employer following their recruitment & selection process.
XL Training are an Equal Opportunities Employer.
Read quotes from Employer Satisfaction Surveys & Apprentice Quotes
What Employers say about the programmes
What Apprentices say about the programmes
|“I think it is a great way for a young person to gain experience of working life whilst also gaining more qualifications. The Trainee proved himself to be a huge asset to the team and it is a great opportunity for the young person to get a qualification for all their hard work.”||“It allowed me to successfully develop my skills. It helped me understand customer needs and wants and I gained more knowledge about retail skills”|
|“We have developed system to make our company more effective and efficient and now we have a plan of ongoing training and development thanks to XL Training and we even entered for a Business of the Year Award based on our development”||“I feel my knowledge has expanded and that I am a lot more capable. I found that this course has given me confidence in my role as supervisor.”|
|“Yes, it has been a positive experience for all staff and colleagues and the trainee matured and developed into a confident young lady during the process”||“It has improved how I think about the different aspects of work. I learned more about the theoretical side of my job and not just the physical side of the Warehouse.”|
|“The Progress of the candidate has helped my business sales.”||“It has made me realise how much work I actually do in store and how my work effect others and customers.”|
|“Course conducted in the best of relations and professional execution. The Apprentice is exceeding expectations and I would recommend the Apprentice programme and enrol others should the opportunity arise.”||“The Programme allowed me to explore my development needs and performance areas, e.g., it pushed me to learn more about commerciality. Thinking about all aspects of not only your own role but the business as well.”|
|“The Apprentice became better equipped to deal with a supervisors role and deal with issues more effectively and with more confidence.”||“My Assessor helped me gain a lot of experience and it made me aware of things I can achieve.”|
|“I would definitely recommend the Apprenticeship Programme. It is a great way for young people to gain skills and experience whilst earning money and getting used to working life.”||“It has made me realise just how much work is involved in what we do here and shows me that detail counts. It encouraged me to think about my other team mates more and how to effectively handover, I feel I can lead much better now.”|
|“Before the Apprentice was on the programme he lacked confidence and after visits from the Assessor and achieving work I can see a difference in his work and his attitude, can't recommend enough.”||“It has made me pay closer attention to smaller things that went unnoticed before that are just as important and giving a friendly service. I learned about timings for food production so it stays as fresh as possible.”|
|“It helped the Trainee understand and deliver better Time Management.”||“It has allowed me to think about my job in more detail and work to my best ability.”|
|“We now offer this programme to all our staff as part of their Training and Development. We started off with a few on the programme to see how it went and from there, we currently have 12 people on the programme in our one store doing a variety of courses. This will hopefully help with retention of staff whilst up skilling the workforce and assisting with our staff training and development policy. It has helped our Company to show the staff that we value them an upskill them to Management Level.”||“It allowed me to challenge myself in the workplace and the whole experience of undertaking it was enjoyable. I think the delivery of this programme was exceptional and it is just a shame that more young people don't take up the opportunity to do it.”|
|“Taking on apprentices helped develop us as an organisation and has given young people the opportunity to develop their roles within it. XL Training helped us with the recruitment and we found the process to be a great help.”||“A plethora of knowledge and experience has been gained since starting this qualification”
“Caused me to actually think about the job I'm doing as opposed to just mindlessly doing it.”
|“The assessor took the time required to allow my staff member to achieve at their own pace, which resulted in them gaining more confidence, enthusiasm for the job and are now a valued member of staff, I would recommend XL Training to any employer and I now offer the SVQ at interview stage which helps me recruit staff who show a genuine interest on developing their skills. The Training framework was structured and it gave me comfort that we were following industry standards,”||“Because the work is based around your every day work it got me to thinking about any improvements that could be made to process work more quickly.”
“Made you think why you do your job, not just doing tasks out of habit and also making if safer and a better workplace.”
|“I think it's great that this programme exists as it helps the young. person think about their job and understand their job role and how important that role is within the business.”||“I really enjoyed learning skills and information that help me in my work and I was taught how to do purchasing and I feel more confident.”|
|“XL has turned one of our employees around from being somebody who was nearly leaving us because she was bored into somebody who has now taken on more responsibility and is a valued member of staff with promotion on the horizon in a 6 month period.”||“I have received keys to the shop through doing this qualification.”
“It gave me more confidence in what am doing and made me progress in subjects I had a difficult time dealing with. I also learned how to read body language and I learned more about my own company.”
|“We rolled this programme out within our store and are looking to roll it out to other branches. The Assessor's professional attitude and help has developed staff and the store. We think this is a fantastic opportunity we are going to offer this programme to our staff and the staff feel that the courses have benefited them. We think it is a great opportunity for everyone.”||“I'm just so happy to have the opportunity to be able to gain experience have a better understanding and most importantly gain qualifications for the business and myself.”
“I have learned how to manage my workload and how to deal with difficult situations.”
|“The additional support offered by XL to our business when we have a new member of staff is outstanding. It has kept us and the candidate on the correct track. A very worthwhile process.”||“When I left school I didn't want a job in computing as school put me right off it. Now I am happy working with computers. I learned tasks that significantly speeds up the time it takes to do tasks.”|
|“I was very impressed with the Assessor and how they took time to teach my employee how to do Core Skills Numeracy. Without his support and input and allowing my employee to learn at his own pace he would not have achieved this. This helped my staff to feel more confident and he was very pleased with himself. Great experience all round, very impressed.”||“I worried about my core skills but my Assessor helped me understand what was being asked and with practicing what I had been taught when I was ready for Assessment I was so happy that I knew what was being asked and felt confident. I would recommend doing this programme.”|
|“I wish I knew about SVQ before, I will now use this procedure from now on for all my new staff I employ”||“Yes it has given me more confidence in my job as I now know more info behind some of the areas at work like customer service.”|
One of our Apprentices was a trainee jeweller at the shop run by his parents. He embarked on his Modern Apprenticeship programme with us.
We helped carry out Recruitment for an Employer who was looking for a Warehouse Apprentice and they recruited a very enthusiastic young man.
We were asked to deliver Warehouse Qualifications to an Apprentice who was already in Employment. The Apprentice had been making numerous mistakes.
An Employer was having difficulty retaining members of staff past the 3 month period as often they would leave and go and work in a fast food outlet down the road.
An Employer who wished his staff to gain recognised Qualifications whilst they undertook 6 month Induction Programme with Product Knowledge Training.