Sysco Business Skills Academy engage with corporate and SME clients to provide a wide range of bespoke and tailored Government and Levy funded accredited and non accredited courses. Specialising in Housing and Leadership and Management, we provide holistic support in the recruitment of new staff in addition to workforce development programmes that enable clients to plan effective talent pipelines and engage in succession planning.
Sysco offer a wide range of Government and Levy funded training solutions. We are at the forefront of the Apprenticeship Reforms and are recognised by CIH and the ILM as advanced in the delivery of Apprenticeship Standards in both Housing and Leadership and Management. Sysco deliver training in the following Apprenticeship Standards...

Sysco also have extensive knowledge and experience delivering the Sector Skills Council developed Apprenticeship Frameworks for a variety of sectors. Sysco also deliver training in the following Apprenticeship Frameworks...

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are available as either Frameworks or Standards in a range of sectors matching all levels of experience.

Apprenticeship Standards consist of five elements...

Professional qualification
A professional qualification is used as the cornerstone of the Apprenticeship. The qualification provides the knowledge and understanding elements of the programme at each level.
Functional Skills
The learner will be required to undertake formal assessments of Functional Skills: English and Maths and will be at Level 2 for ‘senior’ and ‘officer’, and at Level 1 for Housing Assistant. Learners will be exempt from undertaking these assessments if they have already achieved Level 2, but they will need to provide evidence of achievement.
The portfolio provides supportive evidence for the project / case study. It is not formally assessed by the End-Point Assessment Organisation for Senior and Officer, but is part of the End-Point Assessment for the Administrator apprenticeship. A portfolio is a collection of evidence which demonstrates competence against the standard and assessment criteria. It will include:
  • Evidence of target setting, regularly scheduled and recorded one-to-ones, periodic assessments against targets, and 360 degree appraisals.
  • Evidence of reflective learning.
  • Observations from key tasks and feedback relevant to the evidence which demonstrates competence against the standard and assessment criteria.
  • A behaviours’ log to assess and record demonstration of the appropriate behaviours.

Project / Case Study
At higher levels, Apprentices will complete a project. The project is a practical work based assignment, approved by the End Point Assessment Organisation, and provides learners with the opportunity to evidence the knowledge, skills and behaviours they have gained/developed during the apprenticeship programme. It can be based on a topic or activity which they are actively engaged with or even leading on.
The learner will discuss with their Tutor, and in collaboration with employer, the project topic. Following on from these discussions a project brief will be sent to the end point assessment organisation for approval. This will be done at least 6 months into the apprenticeship to give the learner enough time to complete their work.
At lower levels the Apprentice will complete a case study instead of a project. The case study or ‘mini project’ is a practical work based assignment, approved by the End Point Assessment Organisation, and should be work-based and job-specific. The case study will be supported by reflections of undertaking the case study (part of the apprentices portfolio)
Gateway and End-Point Assessment
Apprentices will be required to pass through the ‘gateway’ in order to progress to the End-Point Assessment. In order to pass through the gateway, the employer & Sysco Business Skills Academy will need to ensure sure they have achieved each of the 4 components listed above. The EPA takes place and involves a panel interview to confirm the overall assessment decision and a final assessment of The Project. The End-Point Assessor will award the apprentice an overall Grade for their Apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship Frameworks consist of three elements...

National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) - NVQ’s are work-related qualifications based on national occupational standards that develop the practical skills and knowledge needed in a specific job. They are split into units and each unit is assessed. Assessments will be through the observation of practical work and the creation of a portfolio of evidence.
Technical Certificate - Technical certificates are aimed at developing your skills and knowledge in a particular aspect of your job.
Functional Skills - Key skills are a range of essential skills required in everyday life and in the workplace. These include: Communication, Information Technology and Application of Numbers.

What will an Apprenticeship do for you?

An Apprenticeship gives you the workplace experience and instruction to improve your performance and career prospects. Employers have a chance to train and mould you into valued and productive employee. Furthermore, they will appreciate the knowledge and expertise that you are gaining and feel a sense of loyalty to you and your career.

What comes after an Apprenticeship?

Upon completion of your apprenticeship you will be in in a position to move straight into employment in your chosen field. 90% of apprentices stay in employment after completing their apprenticeship with 71% remaining with their current employer. You will also have the option to progress into Higher Education with almost one fifth of apprentices enrolling on degree level qualifications.

Why choose Sysco Business Skills Academy?

Sysco work with apprentices and employers to reward and recognise employees for their work by offering them an opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications for the work that they do, whilst increasing their knowledge, confidence and ultimately improving their skills within their job role.