Work with us Our Training Academy Modern Apprenticeships A Modern Apprenticeship with Cornerstone consists of an SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 6 or 7 (SVQ Level 2 and 3) plus core skills units in numeracy and ICT. We usually have a number of places allocated for specific age groups each year. The age groups are split as follows: 16-19 yrs, 20-24 yrs and 25+ yrs. All of the 25+ age places are at SCQF level 7 (SVQ Level 3). Modern Apprenticeships are funded by Skills Development Scotland and there are strict rules in place for training providers who deliver them. Funding is based on achievement and progression so it is important that candidates are committed to their award and produce work on a regular basis. They must also respond to communications from the Training Academy and Skills Development Scotland promptly as required. When they start, both candidate and person acting on behalf of Cornerstone as employer are required to sign training agreements for both Skills Development Scotland and SSSC. Members of the Training Academy team act on behalf of Cornerstone as the training provider. Candidates must sign a declaration to confirm their eligibility to undertake an apprenticeship. The assessor will also draw up an individual training plan with each candidate and the manager (employer representative) will be asked to sign this. During the apprenticeship the assessor will carry out quarterly reviews with the candidate. The manager (employer representative) will be asked to comment on their progress and sign the review. These reviews are used as evidence to draw down funding. The candidate may be contacted by Skills Development Scotland by phone or email and asked to confirm that they are undertaking an apprenticeship and have achieved certain milestones in their award. Skills Development Scotland may also contact the manager (employer representative) to verify this information. Occasionally Skills Development Scotland representatives may also wish to meet with the manager (employer representative) and the candidate to ask how they are getting on with their award and ensure that they are given an appropriate level of support. As the Sector Skills Body, the SSSC are responsible for awarding apprenticeships and will issue a Modern Apprenticeship certificate. The candidate will receive this in addition to their SQA SVQ certificate. Aside from the reviews, the manager (employer representative) will be given regular updates on the candidate’s progress and they can also contact a member of the Training Academy at any time to find out how they are getting on. If there are any issues with the candidate’s work practice during their SVQ assessment, the manager (employer representative) should contact the assessor to make them aware of this. Anyone who would like to note interest in future Modern Apprenticeship opportunities should contact [email protected] in the first instance.