FAQ - setting
Mudiad Meithrin Apprenticeship Scheme in partnership with Urdd Gobaith Cymru
Are you thinking of joining this scheme? Here are some of the FAQ's for settings. If you have any more questions please contact us.
To begin with this will be a pilot scheme, with a cohort of 30 learners starting on the course in April 2020. Another cohort will start in September 2020.
Learners can be placed either in a Cylch Meithrin or Day Nursery which is a member of Mudiad Meithrin, and also in provisions such as Welsh-Medium Primary Schools and private Welsh-medium Day Nurseries.
Yes, the learner must be employed for at least 16 hours as part of the Apprenticeship.
From the 1st of April the Apprentice Wage will be £4.15 per hour. You can pay the learner this for the first year, and then, if the learner is over 19 years old, they can be paid the minimum wage for the following 6 months.
The course lasts 18 months.
As this is an Apprenticeship Scheme, learners will need to be employed at the setting for at least 16 hours a week. It is mandatory for the learner to complete 700 hours over the 18 month period.
Yes. We can help learners to find employment as an Apprentice if they are not already employed. We will contact suitable settings to see whether there are employment opportunities for learners in the area.
Yes, it is. It will be possible for a learner to be employed in a Cylch Meithrin, Day Nursery or Welsh-Medium primary school. We will need to confirm that the location is suitable for the training.
No, but they will need to attend a series of workshops over the 18 month period.
Workshops will be held twice a term for the first six months, which means 12 over the duration of the course. The setting will need to co-operate by agreeing to release the learner to attend these training days.
Learners will be asked to attend a workshop local to them. They will not need to travel far.
Learners will need to sit 3 short tests based on scenarios, and one multiple-choice test. These will show that the learner has the knowledge needed to work with children. Again, co-operation will be required from the setting, who will need to release the learner from work to sit these tests.
The process of assessing this qualification asks for close partnership working between the setting and the assessor.
The person responsible for the learner within the setting will need to hold regular progress meetings with the learner and the assessor. These meetings will be recorded and internally verified. It is important that the setting helps to ensure a smooth assessment process and that the learner’s journey is trouble-free.
The setting has a responsibility to contribute to the learner’s portfolio. Full training will be offered to all settings on this aspect.
The assessor will visit the setting every month for two hours. During this time they will observe the learner’s practice and assess their competency to work with children. The formal assessment will not happen until the learner is ready for it.
The learner will have to do Essential Skills in Mathematics, Language and Literacy if they do not already have a GCSE grade C or above in these subjects. The Essential Skills Tutor will visit the setting monthly to support this.
The learner’s Welsh will need to be sufficiently good for them to be able to work with children through the medium of Welsh, follow the workshops in Welsh and also sit the tests in Welsh.
You will have to speak with the setting to decide whether it is suitable for the learner to complete their 16 hours in the setting. The situation varies from setting to setting.
No, unfortunately. The learner must be employed by a single employer for at least 16 hours. This employer will be the one who is part of the apprenticeship agreement. There is nothing to prevent the learner from working at another setting, but this will not count as part of their apprenticeship.