Group Employment Schemes


Group employment schemes, such as those delivered by Etco or Competenz, involve employing apprentices in the trades and placing them within host companies for on-the-job training and work experience. Apprentices gain additional skills and knowledge through off-job training, including studying at home, and attending night classes and block courses. The model provides apprentices with structured learning, supervision, exposure to their professional options, and support as they progress through the programme, which involves learning content, assessments, and examinations.

Justification for excellence as assessed against framework

This artefact best aligns to the vocational excellence rubric Work-based Learning. The model provides an entry point into the industry for apprentices, encouraging participation by addressing barriers such as learning difficulties, offering pastoral support and wraparound services. The employer demonstrates a commitment to upskilling its apprentices, actively facilitating work-based learning opportunities through partnering with host companies. In terms of skills and capabilities, the model develops apprentices’ skillsets in both hard and soft skills through workplace experience, supporting life-long learning and career progression.

Additional information and links

Etco website:

Competenz website:

Contact details (etco)

Name: Jeremy Sole


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