Frequently
Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Apprenticeships FAQs

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Our apprenticeships programmes are a mixture of of practical skills, theory and transferable skills which are known as Functional Skills and Employee Rights and Responsibility.  As a DTS Apprentice, you’ll focus on what’s needed to be successful in your chosen career. You’ll be studying whilst working and getting paid for it.

If you’re interested in learning this way, we’ll support you in finding an employer who’s interested in employing you on an Apprenticeship Programme. We work together with your employer to ensure that your training is specific to the job role that you’re working in. The minimum hours that you are required to work in an Apprenticeship Programme is 30 hours each week.

Most of these hours are spent in the work place and depending on your employer; some attendance at our Academy is requested. You’ll be visited and supported by a tutor throughout your learning.

It will vary depending on the apprentice course, but as a guideline a NVQ Level 2 Diploma can be achieved in a minimum of 12 months or longer. The length of time on programme is dependent on you but normally lasts for 18 months. The vast majority of our learners continue to develop their skills and expertise further. Many of our Level 2 learners progress onto a Level 3 Apprenticeship, which increases their employment opportunities.

You can start your Apprenticeship after you’ve finished your GCSE’s and you’re between 16 – 23 years old.

If you’re between the ages of 16-18, the apprenticeship wage is currently £3.30 an hour which based on a minimum of 30 hours a week means you would earn £99 each week.  If you’re 19 or over, or turn 19 during your Apprenticeship, you would be paid £3.30 per hour for the first year of your learning.

If you’re over 19 when you start the apprenticeship, the (NMW) National Minimum Wage appropriate for your age will only apply after the first year of your apprenticeship.

The rates are usually updated every October - the current rates apply from October 2015.

This depends on the Apprenticeship you choose, and if you complete the programme successfully. For example, if you choose a career pathway in hairdressing then you could achieve an NVQ Diploma at Level 2, Level 2 Customer Service followed by NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing. If you do a Level 2 Buisness Admin then you'll get a VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration (RQF). The Level Health and Social Apprenticeship awards a NCFE Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care (RQF). You can see what qualification that you'll be awarded in the Qualifactions drop down menu on each apprenticeship page.

As you will be employed in a real job you'll be working as part of a team and the tasks you’re asked to do will be varied and appropriate to the workplace.  You'll also do some home study and 'off the job' training.

We’ll invite you to attend the nearest Training Academy to the area where you live for an interview and complete an initial assessment in Maths and English. This helps us to decide if the course you’ve applied for is the correct level of learning for you. Once this is complete you’ll receive confirmation that you’ve been offered an Apprenticeship.

Afterwards, we’ll contact you to arrange an induction date for you to learn more about our company, your apprenticeship programme and the services we’ll give you whilst on your learning programme. Hopefully you’ll have secured employment with our help before your induction takes place.

Apprenticeships are funded by the government via the Skills Funding Agency and there’s no initial outlay. However, you’re encouraged to buy a starter kit of ‘Trade Tools’ which you’ll need throughout your learning which can be purchased from us. You’re expected to wear suitable work clothes and shoes (your work place will tell you on what they expect you to wear to be safe and look professional).

If you’ve secured employment and passed the initial interview, then you can start your apprenticeship as soon as the employer is ready. The majority of employers that we work with let us know when they’re looking for an apprentice so we do our best to get you started as soon as possible. Most places will want to interview you and have a trial period before committing to you.

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. You can’t yet start your apprenticeship until the legal leaving school date in July. You can attend our Summer School after your school exams if you want. This prepares you for your apprenticeship and awards you a Certificate of Achievement.

On your DTS assessment/induction day you’ll be given information and guidance on what to expect. We’ll tell you how to create the right image and how to be successful in interviews. We’ll also help you with writing your CV.

It’s always good for employers to know a little bit about you as a person- your hobbies, interests, and experiences and so on.  We ask that you to tell us a bit about yourself so that we can arrange interviews in places that you would be comfortable working in.

Being interviewed can be a nerve racking experience for most people, particularly if this is a new experience but don’t worry, we’ll be on hand to support you with any queries that you may have. Be yourself and your enthusiasm and passion for learning will do the rest.

Funded Courses FAQs

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Our distance learning courses are all about convenience and flexibility. You can fit your learning around work or home life, so you’re only studying at times handy for you. In addition, you can get a qualification without always having to attend lessons at a physical classroom. What’s more, with Dimensions Training Solutions, you can study when and where you like without the stress of deadlines or time limits - finish your course in your own time.

You can study either online or with a paper-based method but many students find the online method to be a faster and more convenient way to learn. Learning online means you’ll have immediate access to your course material as soon as your enrolment is complete.

The paper-based system means you’ll receive one lesson at a time through the post. Once you’ve completed the question paper for the assignment, you’ll submit your work via e-mail, post, or on your unique online student account.

RQF stands for Qualifications and Credit Framework. The RQF has replaced all VRQ and NVQ qualifications but regulations say that the term 'NVQ' can be used in the title of RQF qualifications to help spot that assessment is competency based.

The advantage of our RQF courses is that they allow you to gain qualifications at your own pace and take routes that suit you best. Learn more about RQF courses.

All of our distance learning courses are available to all students of all academic backgrounds. There are no age limits or special entry requirements and they can be studied even if you’re in full-time employment. There are no exams, dissertations or complicated written work needed to gain a vocational qualification.

Enrolling on one of our courses can be done at any time of the year either online or over the telephone.  You can enrol quickly and easily by clicking on the ‘Enrol Now’ button on your preferred course’s description page. Fill in the secure online registration form and we’ll take care of the rest. If you prefer to give us a call to enrol, then please ring 01142 993 445.

Each distance learning course is split up into units/modules and a question paper is completed after each of the units. You then submit it to your tutor. This is to show what you’ve learnt and to demonstrate that you’re able to apply it in the work place. After your tutor has received and marked your answers you can view your feedback in your student account.

Your distance learning course may have some element of practical training. Evidence is gathered within a placement and submitted as a portfolio of work along with the question papers you complete. If there is practical training involved formal observations will be made of your work and assessed as part of the whole result.

Your assignments are usually marked and sent back to you within 2-4 working days. Final assessments are usually slightly longer with a 10-14 working day turn around. (We do our very best to keep within this timeframe) Our tutors work extremely hard to achieve this.

Don’t worry as you can retake the assignments as many times as is necessary for you to be able to pass. Just resubmit the questions failed – not the whole assignment. Your tutor will give you helpful feedback, as to where you need to improve. Your final mark won’t be affected by how many retakes you have.

If you are undertaking an Access to Higher Education Diploma failing an assignment has important implications that you need to be aware of. Failing an assignment, or not submitting it by your agreed submission date means you forfeit your chance to get a “Merit” or “Distinction” for that particular assignment. In effect your mark will be capped at a “Pass”. All learners that start an Access to Higher Education Diploma undertake an assignment as part of their prerequisite IAG process that helps educate them regarding the formal submission process for Access to HE Diploma units. This is a very important point as attainment of “Merit” and “Distinction” marks could impact your chances of fulfilling university entry criteria.

The time it takes to complete a course varies depending on 3 main things:

  • The actual course itself (theory and possibly practical elements)
  • The amount of time you have to commit to learning
  • How quickly you absorb and understand the course materials

Each theory unit/lesson roughly takes between 3- 10 hours of study, dependent on the course. The question papers at the end of each unit/lesson take around 1-2 hours to do. Some courses may also include practical training but the length will vary.

At Dimensions Training Solutions we have a team of well qualified, friendly tutors. An expert in your field of study will be assigned to you at the beginning of the course and be at your side throughout. This team comprises people who care and want you to succeed. The feedback we get from students about their tutors is beyond excellent.

  1. Pay the course fees fully up front
  2. Pay a small deposit and then monthly instalments to clear the balance
  3. Pay using a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan ( only pay back after earning £21,000 pa)

If you want to pay for your course by instalments, then we offer an affordable payment plan scheme that allows you to spread the cost of your course over a period of roughly six - nine months. What's more, the total amount payable over the term's period, is no more than the total cash price of the course, thus the APR = 0%.

If you're 19 or over when your course starts and have lived in the UK for at least 3 years, you could be entitled to an Advanced Learner Loan.

See 19+ Advanced Learner Loans for full details