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Upskiller Application: Overview & Guidelines
Upskiller Application: Overview & Guidelines

An overview of the application and frequently-asked questions [UK-specific]

Updated over a week ago

Overview

To join one of our apprenticeships, you will need to fill out an application. The application is designed to give our Admissions team all the information they need to decide on your eligibility. Please note that our Admissions team may reach out after you submit your application if they need any further clarification.

Application steps

Before you get started, please review our resources to help you submit a high-quality application.

  1. Create your profile
    You will have received a link from Multiverse to create an account. For more details on the sign-up process, click here.

  2. Speak to your manager
    Your Manager will play a key role in ensuring you get the most out of your apprenticeship. Once you start your application, we’ll send your manager some questions to confirm you have the right tools and support in place to succeed in your apprenticeship.

    It’s also important that you let your manager know you are applying and have a conversation to set clear expectations around how you will incorporate learning into your role. Review our Support article here, you can use it to inform your conversation with your manager.

  3. Complete your application
    We recommend allowing between 1 and 2 hours to complete your application. You can leave the application form and come back to it, so you do not have to complete it all at once.

    The main topics we will ask you about in your application are:

    1. Eligibility: apprenticeships are funded by the government’s apprenticeship levy, therefore, certain requirements must be met to access this funding. To view more information on what these requirements are, click here.

    2. Prior learning: we want to ensure that you learn a significant amount of new skills and will not be duplicating any existing knowledge while completing your apprenticeship. This is required of us by the government as our apprenticeships are paid for by levy funding. You can find out more about prior learning here.

    3. Role Fit: we will need to determine if your role will provide you with the right tools and opportunities to apply your learnings in a meaningful way. We will ask both you and your manager some questions about your role to ensure that you can get the most out of the program you join.

      You can check out more information about each program below:
      Data Literacy/Data & Insights for Business Decisions
      Data Fellowship
      Advanced Data Fellowship
      Business Transformation Fellowship

      You can also check our guide here for further information on determining which program is right for you.

      In this section, we will also ask you a couple of additional questions regarding your role. You must provide us with this information, if applicable, as it will help us determine the right level of support we can offer in these circumstances:

      • Whether you work on shifts (e.g. at weekends or on an evening schedule)

      • Whether any known factors could impact your ability to complete the apprenticeship (e.g. an upcoming role change which will affect your ability to apply the program’s learning outcomes).

4. Maths and English: all apprentices must be able to evidence that they have level 2 maths and English (or equivalent) by the time they complete the program. You can read more details here regarding what information we will need to collect during the application.

Helpful tips

  • Have a conversation with your manager before you apply. It is important that both you and they understand the apprenticeship and its requirements, for example, the importance of off-the-job hours. Your manager will receive an email to answer some questions to support your application, so please ensure you have discussed it beforehand.

  • Make sure you take as long as you need when completing the maths and English tests and feel free to use any tools such as a calculator or dictionary. Remember, if you don’t have valid level 2 or equivalent qualifications in maths and English, the outcome of these tests could determine your eligibility to join the apprenticeship in the current application period.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to complete the application in one sitting?

    • No, you don’t. Once you've signed up and created an account, you’ll be able to leave the application and pick it back up where you left off by logging back into your account. Please note that we recommend completing each section before exiting the application, as it may not save some of the information provided if you leave between two different sections of the application.

  • Can I complete the application across two devices?

    • Please use the same device to complete your whole application. This means that if you started it on your personal computer or phone, you will need to complete it on the same device.

  • I am encountering some technical difficulties when trying to complete my application.

    • If you’re experiencing issues with our application form/platform, it may be due to the way your organization's IT systems are set up. These common fixes can resolve the issue:

      • Clearing your cache/cookies

      • Using a different browser (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Edge) or trying in ‘Incognito’ mode

      • Logging out of the application and back in again

        If these don't work it's more than likely to be because of your company's IT setup. In this instance, we’d suggest completing the application form on a personal device at home instead.

        If you are still experiencing issues after trying these, though, please contact us via the Chat widget and we can look into the issue further for you.

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