Customer Service Practitioner (Level 2 Apprenticeship)
Subject: Customer Service
This apprenticeship has designed by employers specifically for employees to be able to learn how they can influence the customer service experience within their role in order to positively impact the organisation.
All apprentices need to be employed within a suitable role and earning at least the minimum apprenticeship wage.
Providing the opportunity for your team to undergo apprenticeship training has many benefits to your organisation:
- Growing productivity: Maximise staff efficiency though the development of knowledge and increasing team motivation by developing a learning culture.
- Cost effective: Provide valuable opportunities which improve retention to minimising recruitment costs
- Develop your business: Affordable way to expand and improve your business
- Enhanced reputation: Provide customer reassurance by investing in trained staff.
The CAW Business School has a well-earned reputation for excellence; delivering quality training and education and employer support. Your apprentice will benefit from:
- Tuition, support and assessment provided in the workplace, online and via email and telephone contact
- Support and guidance from an allocated, qualified Work-based Learning Assessor
- Access to our unique Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and extensive eLibrary resources
- Attendance: As this qualification is work-based no college attendance is required. Instead all tuition, support and assessment will be provided in the workplace, online and via email and telephone contact. Support is provided by one of the College’s work-based learning assessors and a mentor in your workplace is required.
- Duration: 14-16 months
- Start date: Any time during the year.
- Location: Your organisation must be within a 90 minute radius of Huntingdon, Potters Bar or Leeds. However if your business is located outside of this area, please contact us as we may be able to meet your training needs.
There are no formal academic entry requirements to undertake this qualification however in order for you to have an apprentice they must be living and working in England in a suitable role within a 90 minute radius of our Huntingdon, Leeds or Potters Bar centres. In addition they cannot already hold a Level 2 (or above) qualification in a similar subject).
For the apprenticeship to be completed within 14-16 months the apprentice must be working a minimum of 30 hours per week. If they are employed for fewer hours then the length of their apprenticeship will be proportionately extended.
Should you be looking to recruit a new trainee to join your team we can help to advertise your vacancy and screen applicants free of charge, contact us for more information.
This apprenticeship consists of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required by someone in a customer service role needs in order to succeed.
The knowledge gained will provide the opportunity to improve your employee’s knowledge to do their job to the best of their abilities, legally and in line with company policies, looking at:
- Knowing your customers
- Understanding the organisation
- Meeting regulations and legislation
- Systems and resources
- Your role and responsibility
- Customer experience
- Product and service knowledge
Transferrable skills will be gained to provide the confidence for the knowledge to be applied:
- Interpersonal skills
- Influencing skills
- Personal organisation
- Dealing with customer conflict and challenge
Attitude and behaviours covered will provide the opportunity for your employee to learn how to take responsibility for personal and professional success:
- Developing self
- Being open to feedback
- Team working
- Equality – treating all customers as individuals
- Presentation – dress code, professional language
- “Right first time” – clarify and manage customer expectations
An End Point Assessment will be required to achieve the apprenticeship. This consists of the following:
Apprentice Showcase - A portfolio of evidence will be collected, a selection of which will then be chosen to showcase development. It is likely that evidence will include items such as customer feedback, witness statements, reviews and recordings. The showcase will be assessed against a number of areas by an independent assessor.
Practical Observation – An observation will be undertaken by an independent assessor to assess the skills, knowledge and behaviour learnt. This may include situations such as handling a general enquiry or dealing with a customer complaint.
Professional Discussion - Following the practical observation participating in a professional discussion is required. This will confirm knowledge and understanding whilst providing the opportunities to discuss any potential scenarios that were not possible to witness during the practical observation.
Unless exempt Level 2 Functional Skills are assessed via online examinations and practical assessments.
Apprenticeship fees are payable by you as the employer.
Prior to commencing the course an invoice will be issued for the total course fee.
As an employer you will either be an Apprenticeship Levy Payer (employers with over a £3 million pay bill) or Non-Levy Payers (employers with less than a £3 million pay bill).
Recruit an apprentice and save up to £3,000!
From August 2020 to January 2021, businesses that recruit a new apprentice aged 16 to 24 will receive a £2,000 incentive from the government towards the cost of training, while those that hire new apprentices aged 25 and over will be paid £1,500.
These payments will be in addition to the existing £1,000 incentive the government already provides for new 16-18 year old apprentices. This means that if you hire a 16 to 18 year old apprentice, you receive £3,000! If you also have less than 50 contracted employees, the apprenticeship fees for those aged 16-18 years of age will be fully funded!
Course fees for Apprenticeship Levy Payers
Digital account payment – £3,500
Course fees for Non-Levy Payers
Course fees for Non-Levy Payers are paid via co-investment with the government, meaning that the government provide 95% of funding towards course fees.
Full fee payable by the employer – £175
All fees are fully inclusive of applicable awarding organisation and End Point Assessment (EPA) fees. However, if a student needs to re-sit an exam, re-sit fees will be payable.
Before making any financial decision it is recommended that you seek advice from an independent source, for example the Money Advice Service.
These are current figures and may be subject to change. The differences in course fees reflect the level of funding that is available as a result of government policies and priorities. These may be as a result of age, employment status, previous education achievements, or location for example, and are outside the control of CAW Business School.
Completion of this apprenticeship will give your employee the confidence, practical skills and abilities to provide exceptional customer service and excel in their role.
Following this qualification many employers choose to continue supporting their staff and develop them further such as by supporting them in the next level of training such as the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Customer Service or in related areas of business, such as Leadership and Management or Accounting and Bookkeeping.
What our Business School students say:
“I have enjoyed learning new skills and applying some of these to my current job”
“The tutors are very helpful and supportive and provide me with regular reviews on my progress”
“The course fits around my everyday work making this easy to complete”
“The tutors are extremely helpful and always manage to find time to provide support and answer any queries”