Our standard apprenticeship programme
The Drupal Web Developer Apprenticeship is a 12 month programme run by Happy Apprenticeships and funded by the Skills Funding Agency and The Tech Partnership. Happy does the recruitment, training and ongoing support to enable you to employ an apprentice.
Here’s how it works:
- Recruit and interview potential apprentices.
- Run a two week intensive Drupal boot camp.
- Nominate 2 or 3 suitable candidates for you to interview.
- Interview nominated apprentices and offer an apprenticeship.
- Employ the apprentice with your standard contract of employment, for a minimum of 30 hours per week.
- Pay the apprentice a salary, current companies pay on average £175 for a 35 hour week.
- Allow the apprentice time off the job to attend training and for the apprentice to study and complete course assignments, minimum 18 hours per month.
- Provide meaningful work to develop the skills the apprentice is learning.
- Provide a buddy, from among your staff, for support.
- Enrol apprentices and develop a learning plan.
- Run classroom training 2 days per month.
- Support the apprentice with a nominated assessor/mentor.
- Visit the apprentice in the workplace at least every 12 weeks, to check their progress and to make sure all is going well for both apprentice and you.
- Meet to discuss the apprentice’s progress and identify any work they need to do to meet the qualification standards
- Have a job available at the end, if they do well enough
Happy's Track Record
Over the past three years we have recruited 22 young people and placed them in apprenticeship positions. Of the 10 apprentices that have now completed, 4 have been taken on as a permanent member of staff, 3 have found junior developer jobs in other companies, 1 is doing contract work and 2 are looking to continue into higher education.
In the past year we have expanded the programme to run Drupal apprenticeship schemes across the country. We now have apprentices in Carlisle, Manchester and London.
We are extremely proud of this achievement; with the support of this apprenticeship programme and the Drupal community these school/college leavers have a great career and future ahead.
We need to continue:
- For the benefit of growing the Drupal project with bright, new talent.
- The opportunity for young people to get started in a great career.
- For a cost effective way to expand your Drupal team.
We need companies to take on an apprentice. We have the experience to help companies in the process of hiring an apprentice and an on-going support system and network.Sign Up at the Drupal Apprentice Scheme
Feedback from Employers
Taking on an apprentice, and seeing them develop over the course of a year has been amazing. There is always a burden involved when someone new joins your team, but, that extra weight very quickly transforms into an extra pair of hands. We have seen so much value in the process that we have now taken on a second apprentice.
Finding the right place for someone in your team is important, and it will depend on the kind of work that your company does. For us, what has worked has been involving people from the top down. Starting with overall process, site review and quality assurance and then, bit by bit, working down into how all the systems are implemented. This approach has allowed us to convey the reasons why we do things the way we do them.
As a result of taking part in the apprenticeship programme, we now have a stronger team. We have all improved our skills – because teaching is a great way to learn. Our company is more effective as a result of paying more attention to our processes, and now we have so much more work, we need to do it again.”
Peter Brownell, Code Positive
Happy has been very helpful with training and providing an apprentice. The apprentice has been attentive, hard-working and keen to learn and therefore an asset to my company. The course at Happy obviously gives the candidates the training needed to have a detailed understanding of Drupal and the continual training provided lets the apprentices upscale in areas of Drupal they need help with.
Happy are very helpful and make the process very easy. I’d recommend Happy and the apprenticeship scheme to both small and large companies.
Brian-John Alford, Bright Sites Consulting
You can talk to people who already employ apprentices through our LinkedIn group, Drupal Apprentice. They will be happy to discuss the practicalities of employing an apprentice.
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