At GFTS we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver quality training and industry recognised qualifications in a way that suits you.
Where other training providers are restricted in their methods of delivery, we offer a flexible approach, and take a learner-centric approach to learning.
The Qualification you will receive are fully accredited by awarding bodies, and carry considerable weight in their applicable industries. (see our clients page for first-hand accounts)
Depending on what qualification you wish to undertake, we may be able to deliver it at a variety of levels to match your needs and prior accreditation (i.e. Level 2/Level 3/Higher)
What Is The QCF?
The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is a way of recognising skills and qualifications. It does this by awarding credit for qualifications and units (small steps of learning). It enables people to gain qualifications at their own pace along flexible routes. There are three sizes of qualifications in the QCF:
- Awards (1 to 12 credits)
- Certificates (13 to 36 credits)
- Diplomas (37 credits or more)
How Does The Qualification Delivery Work?
We can deliver your qualifications in one of two ways:
- Commercially– You pay an upfront fee, we deliver the training and the qualification at a pace that suits you.
The qualification is delivered over an agreed period of time- usually 6 months to 1 year- and upon completion you will receive your certification.
- Funded training– Utilising the apprenticeship scheme, and funding from our partnered colleges and the ESFA, we are able to offer levy and non-levy paying apprenticeships. Please contact us for more details.
Depending on the level of the qualification, your training will be delivered over a period of 1-2 years, with regular contact from one of our assessors and our assessment team.
There is no need to attend College to achieve your qualification, all learning will take place in the workplace.
*Please note that not all learners will be suitable for funded training, subject to prior learning checks and age limitations*
Evidence Collection Process
Over the course of your learning, our assessors will visit you periodically, at times and dates that are suitable for your schedule.
The purpose of these visits is to provide support and learning to develop your knowledge and skills and to collect suitable and accurate information and competence evidence pertaining to your specific qualification. The methods we use to collect this information will be discussed with you prior to the visit taking place, so both parties have adequate time to prepare for the event.
The methods we will use include, but are not limited to the following:
- On site observations- We will observe the work you are performing on the day, and extract the evidence requirements from this. It may be necessary to schedule specific tasks with you for this to be an effective approach.
- Photographic/video evidence- Taking photographs of work products/processes that might otherwise be difficult to evidence, explain or observe
- Knowledge Tests- Undertaking a written/verbal test under careful scrutiny of a trained assessor to ascertain your knowledge/understanding of a subject/process
- Assignments- Work that you can complete in your own time that will be sufficient to meet evidence requirements. These assignments will be tailored to meet your needs, and we will set appropriate deadlines for assignment hand-ins.
- Professional Discussions- Our assessors will discuss a pre-determined subject with you, and extract evidence for your qualification from this. These discussions have to be recorded, and cannot be influenced by our assessors; we can only guide you towards discussing criteria you have to meet
Apprenticeship Levy and Funding Facts
Two years ago, the government introduced the apprenticeship levy to create long term sustainable funding for apprenticeships and to give employers more control to provide their staff with a range of training opportunities.
The levy is paid by large employers with a pay bill of over £3 million (they pay 0.5% of their total annual pay bill).
I am a levy paying business, how can I access my funds?
Levy paying employers access their funds through the online apprenticeship service. The funds in their accounts are available to spend on apprenticeship training in England. For more advice and information visit.
Will my levy funds only be spent on apprenticeships?
The levy is there to fund apprenticeship training for all employers. Any unspent levy funds are used to support existing apprentices to complete their training and to pay for apprenticeship training for smaller employers.
Does the levy only help big businesses?
No, not at all. The levy is there to fund apprenticeship training for all employers. Smaller employers – those with a total annual pay bill of less than £3million – pay just 5% of the cost of their apprenticeship training and the Government pays the rest.
The costs of an apprenticeship are spread over the full length of the apprenticeship and are met in monthly instalments.
If you need help or advice, you can speak to us for impartial guidance and a ‘Organisational Training Needs Analysis’ or the National Apprenticeship Service who provide face to face and telephone support to levy paying employers.
If you have any further questions, head on over to our contact us page, where one of our staff will be happy to provide you with further information.