Sysco Business Skills Academy engage with corporate and SME clients to provide a wide range of bespoke and tailored Government and Levy funded Apprenticeships. 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 Reforms and are recognised by CIH and the ILM as advanced in the delivery of Standards in both Housing and Leadership and Management. Sysco deliver training in the following Apprenticeships Standards...

What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are a work based qualification that certifies you as having the skills, knowledge and behaviours to perform a certain job role. They are available as either Frameworks or Standards in a range of sectors matching all levels of experience.

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 1 or Level 2 depending on the level. Learners will be exempt from undertaking these assessments if they have already achieved Level 2, but they will need to provide evidence of achievement.


Some qualifications will require a portfolio of evidence to be presented. The portfolio provides supportive evidence for the project / case study. 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 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 qualification 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 and is approved by the End Point Assessment Organisation. It should be work-based and job-specific. The case study will be supported by reflections based on the undertaking of the case study and 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 subsequently award the apprentice an overall Grade for the Apprenticeship.

What can an Apprenticeship do for you?

A work based qualification gives you workplace experience and instruction and, as a result, the ability to improve your performance and career prospects. Employers have the 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?

Upon completion 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 and 71% remain with their current employer. You will also have the option to progress into Higher Education as a result of your apprenticeship 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.