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                           MODERN APPRENTICESHIP

                                                        IN

              Level 2 Apprenticeship in Life Sciences

                                   FRAMEWORK DOCUMENT
                                          FOR
                                        SCOTLAND




                                                 SEMTA


                                                March 2009

   SEMTA
   Wynyard Park House
   Wynyard Park
   Billingham
   TS22 5TB

   Tel No – 01740 627033
   Fax No – 01740 644799

   Web www.semta.org.uk




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Contents
 1           Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland                       3

 2           Modern Apprenticeships in Life Sciences                  4

 3           Summary of Framework                                     5

 4           The Framework                                            7

             Learning Pathways

             Implementation of Framework

             Acceptable Evidence when applying for MA certification
 5           Registration and certification                           15

 6           Recruitment and selection                                16

 7           Equal opportunities                                      16

 8           Health and safety                                        17

 9           Contracts                                                17

 10          Employment status of Modern Apprentices                  17

 11          Terms and conditions of employment                       18

 12          Training and development                                 18

 13          Consultation                                             20

 14          Career progression                                       22


 Appendix 1        Stakeholder Responsibilities                       23
 Appendix 2        Modern Apprenticeship Centres (MACs)               26
 Appendix 3        Training Agreement and Training Plan               27
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 Appendix 4        Approval/re-approval procedure                     31
 Appendix 5        Exemption Policy and guidelines                    32
 Appendix 6        Forms                                              33




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1        Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland


         What are Modern Apprenticeships?

         Modern Apprenticeships offer those of school leaving age and above, paid employment
         combined with the opportunity to train for jobs at craft, technician and management level.


         Who develops them?

         Modern Apprenticeships are developed by Sector Skills Bodies (SSBs). SSBs consult with
         employers and key partners in their sector to produce a training programme, which meets the
         needs of employers.


         Who are they for?

         Modern Apprenticeships are available to employees of school leaving age and above.
         Employees need to demonstrate to their employer that they have the potential to complete the
         programme.


         What’s in a Modern Apprenticeship?

         In Scotland, there are more than 70 different Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks and they all
         contain the same 3 basic ingredients:
              SVQ at appropriate level
              Core Skills
              Industry specific training

         Details of the content of this specific Modern Apprenticeship are given in the next section.




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2        Modern Apprenticeships in Life Sciences

         The development and implementation of a Life Sciences Modern Apprenticeship for Scotland
         is expected to have a positive impact on Scottish recruitment, retention and upskilling within
         the Life Sciences Sectors. It also answers the call made to the Cabinet Secretary, Fiona
         Hyslop MSP, from employers, regarding the need for more technical staff within Life Sciences
         and as such is seen as an important development for the industry.

         Further information on the background of the development of the Life Science Modern
         Apprenticeship can be obtained from SEMTA.




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3         Summary of Framework

          The diagram below displays the Learning Pathways and their corresponding components that
           eventually will be available within this programme. However, this submission is concerned only
           with the Technician Pathway (Level 2 Framework). The Technologist Pathway is subject to a
           separate submission.

           The Assistant Scientist Pathway will be developed at a later stage

          Outcomes shown are indicative of the minimum level required for a specific pathway.




          Life Sciences Modern
          Apprenticeship Framework



                                                                              LSMA
                                                                            Framework




                                                                                                                            Assistant
                        Technician Pathway                            Technologist Pathway
                                                                                                                        Scientist Pathway
                             SCQF5                                         SCQF 6/7
                                                                                                                            SCQF 8/9




                                                                                           Induction                                       Induction
                                           induction
             Animal Science                                  Animal Science              Post Induction      Animal Science              Post Induction
                                         Post Induction
            Laboratory Science                             Laboratory Science             Education        Laboratory Science             Education
                                           Education
           Manufacturing Science                          Manufacturing Science           Core Skills     Manufacturing Science           Core Skills
                                          Core Skills




                         2-4 wk course                                  2-4 wk course                                   2-4 wk course
                            SVQ 2                                           SVQ3                                            SVQ4
                             NPA                                          PDA/HNC                                       HND/Degree
                      Core Skills (access 3)                           Core Skills (Int 1)                             Core Skills (Int 1)
                                                                                                                                                          4




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                                                 Learning Pathways




                 Technican                                                       Technologist
                  Level 2                                                          Level 3

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                                                                               Animal Science
                                                                   5 Core Skills - Intermediate 1
                  Animal Science                                              L
                                                                   2-4 wk Induction course
   5 Core Skills - Access 3                                                   e
                                                                   SVQ 3 Laboratory Science or
   2-4 wk Induction course                                                    v
                                                                   SVQ Laboratory and Associated Technical
   SVQ 2 Laboratory Science (clinical                              Activities e
   Analysis Pathway)                                                          l
                                                                   PDA Laboratory Science or HNC Applied
   NPA Animal Pathology                                            Sciences
                                                                             3

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                                                                              e
                                                                              v
                                                                           Laboratory Science
               Laboratory Science                                             e
                                                                  5 Core Skills - Intermediate 1
   5 Core Skills - Access 3                                                   l
                                                                  2-4 wk Induction course
   2-4 wk Induction course                                        SVQ 3 Laboratory Science
   SVQ 2 Laboratory Science                                                3
                                                                  PDA Laboratory Science or HNC Applied
   NPA Laboratory Science                                         Sciences




         Manufacturing Science                                           Manufacturing Science
5 Core Skills - Access 3                                          5 Core Skills - Intermediate 1
2-4 wk Induction course                                           2-4 wk Induction course
SVQ 2 Scientific Manufacture                                      SVQ 3 Scientific Manufacture
NPA Manufacture                                                   PDA Manufacture or HNC in Applied Sciences



Optional outcomes.
Employers may add further SVQ units, qualifications or training programmes where appropriate.



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4        The Framework
The mandatory and optional content of the Modern Apprenticeship in Life Sciences is as follows:

         Mandatory Outcomes
4.1 S\NVQ(s)

Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) are work-based qualifications, which are based on national
occupational standards of competence drawn up by representatives from each industry sector. SVQs
are made up of units – normally between six and ten – which break down a job into separate functions
reflecting the different kinds of activities of a job. SVQs are available at five levels – although most are
at level 2 and level 3. When someone has achieved an SVQ, there is a guarantee that they have the
skills and knowledge they need to do their job. All Scottish Modern Apprenticeships must contain an
SVQ (or NVQ) at an appropriate level.

S\NVQ Level 2
One of the following S\NVQs must be achieved:

SVQ Level 2                                                                           Reference Number
Laboratory Science                                                                   Awaiting Accreditation
Scientific Manufacture                                                               Awaiting Accreditation


4.2 Core Skills

All of the following core skills must be achieved. Depending on the SVQ selected, some or all core skills
must be separately certificated.

Core Skills requirements for Modern Apprentices undertaking the Level 2 Framework

Core Skill            Minimum Level                 SCQF          SVQ     Separate Certification
                                                    Level         Level
Communication         Access 3                      3             2       Yes
Working     with      Access 3                      3             2       Yes
Others
Problem               Access 3                      3             2       Yes
Solving
Information           Access 3                      3             2       Yes
Technology
Numeracy              Access 3                      3             2       Yes

Equivalent core skills from other awarding bodies may be used.

Core Skills are skills and abilities which everyone needs in their work. This is true for every job in every
workplace. Core Skills also feature in National Qualifications such as Standard Grades and Highers and
from 2000, Scottish candidates have been issued with a core skills profile on their Scottish
Qualifications Certificate. Candidates who have already been certificated as achieving core skills at the
levels given above – either in the workplace or at school or college - do not need to repeat these core
skills as part of the Modern Apprenticeship Framework.


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4.3 Additional Learning

It is recommended that all candidates will complete a basic foundation component as part of
the Life Sciences Modern Apprenticeship Framework. This component will be mutually agreed
by the candidate and training provider on commencement of the MA and this information will
form part of the Modern Apprenticeship Training Plan. The foundation component will cover:

             o    Team Working
             o    Manual Handling
             o    IOSH
             o    Regulation and Quality Assurance
             o    Customer Care
             o    Finding and following Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
             o    Handskills

                       - Balances
                       - Standard Flasks
                       - Pipetting (glass/Gilson)
                       - Making up solutions
                       - Calibration curve
                       - Asceptic Technique
                       - Imperial and Metric understanding
                       - Titration
                       - PH – vortex, centrifuge
                        - Laboratory housekeeping, health and safety, environmental and safe
                        working practices.




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4.4 Education

Minimum education outcome for a Life Sciences Modern Apprentice Learning Pathway should be
selected from:

For the Level 2 Modern Apprenticeship Framework (Technician Pathway)


Animal Science – Level 2
Underpinning Knowledge (National Progression Award)

                                              Unit Title                Number       Value   Level
MANDATORY             Quality and Health & Safety systems in Science   DF82 34         1      7
                      Industries
   (5 Credits)        Fundamental Chemistry an Introduction            DX2933          1      6
                      Working with Micro organisms                     DO3011          1      5
                      Maths for Science                                F3T811          1      5
                      Animal Physiology                                D02811          1      5

   OPTIONS            Waves and Optics (Int 2)                         D38111    0.5          5
                      Radioactivity (Int 2)                            D38211    0.5          5
   (3 Credits)        The Human Body                                   F1RH11    1            5
                      Microbiology                                     DF5H12    1            6
                      Microbiological Techniques                       D04212    1            6
                      Biotechnology                                    DF5J12    1            6
                      Energy Matters                                   D06912    1            6
                      The World of Carbon                              D07012    1            6
                      Chemical Relations                               D07112    1            6
                      Building Blocks (Int 2)                          D06611    1            5
                      Carbon Compounds (Int 2)                         C06711    1            5
                      Acids, Bases and Metals (Int 2)                  D06811    1            5
                      Cell Biology                                     D02912    1            6
                      Genetics and Adaptation                          D03012    1            6
                      Control and Regulation                           D03112                 6
                      Biotechnology Processes                          DF5G11    1            5
                      The Biology of Micro organisms                   DF5F11    1            5




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Laboratory Science – Level 2
Underpinning Knowledge (National Progression Award)

                                              Unit Title                 Number     Value        Level
MANDATORY             Quality and Health & Safety systems in Science   DF82 34          1         7
                      Industries
  (4 Credits)         Fundamental Chemistry an Introduction            DX2933           1         6
                      Working with Micro organisms                     DO3911           1         5
                      Maths for Science                                F3T811           1         5

                                 Options – 3 from Section A OR 3 from Section B

    Options           Waves and Optics (Int 2)                         D38111     0.5             5
                      Radioactivity (Int 2)                            D38211     0.5             5
   Section A          The Human Body                                   F1RH11     1               5
                      Microbiology                                     DF5H12     1               6
  (4 Credits)         Microbiological Techniques                       D04212     1               6
                      Biotechnology                                    DF5J12     1               6
                      Biotechnology Processes                          DF5G11     1               5
                      The Biology of Micro organisms                   DF5F11     1               5
                      Energy Matters                                   D06912     1               6
                      The World of Carbon                              D07012     1               6
                      Chemical Relations                               D07112     1               6
                      Building Blocks (Int 2)                          D06611     1               5
                      Carbon Compounds (Int 2)                         C06711     1               5
                      Acids, Bases and Metals (Int 2)                  D06811     1               5
                      Cell Biology                                     D02912     1               6
                      Genetics and Adaptation                          D03012     1               6
                      Control and Regulation                           D03112     1               6
                      Living Cells                                     D02611     1               5
                      Environmental Biology and Genetics               D02711     1               5
                      Animal Physiology                                D02811     1               5
                      Science Practical Skills                         F3TC10     0.5             4
                      Science Investigation Skills                     D94111     0.5             5
                      Experimental Procedures Chemistry                D93512     1               6
                      Experimental Procedures Biology                  D93412     1               6
                      Experimental Procedures Science                  D92712     1               6

    Options          Waves and Optics (Int 2)                          D38111     0.5             5
                     Radioactivity (Int 2)                             D38211     0.5             5
   Section B         The Human Body                                    F1RH11     1               5
                     Microbiology                                      DF5H12     1               6
  (4 Credits)        Microbiological Techniques                        D04212     1               6
                     Biotechnology                                     DF5J12     1               6
                     Biotechnology Processes                           DF5G11     1               5
                     The Biology of Micro organisms                    DF5F11     1               5
                     Energy Matters                                    D06912     1               6



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                     The World of Carbon                              D07012    1               6
                     Chemical Relations                               D07112    1               6
                     Cell Function and inheritance                    D04312    1               6
                     The Continuation of Life                         D04412    1               6
                     Behaviour, Populations and the Environment       D04512    1               6
                     Science Practical Skills                         F3TC10    0.5             4
                     Science Investigation Skills                     D94111    0.5             5
                     Experimental Procedures Chemistry                D93512    1               6
                     Experimental Procedures Biology                  D93412    1               6
                     Experimental Procedures Science                  D92712    1               6



Manufacturing Science level 2
Underpinning Knowledge (National Progression Award)

                                              Unit Title               Number       Value      Level
     CORE            Maths for Science                                F3T811    1               5
                     Fundamental Chemistry an Introduction            DX2933    1               6
  (4 Credits)        Working with Micro-organisms                     D03911    1               5
                     Biotechnology Processes                          DF5G11    1               5

  OPTIONS            Biology of Micro-organisms                       DF5F11    1               5
                     Process Operations 2 Distillation & Extraction   EC1211    0.5             5
  (4 Credits)        Process Operations 2 Mixing blending & Heat
                                                                      EC1411    0.5             5
                     Exchange
                     Process Operations 2 Evaporation &
                                                                      EC1311    0.5             5
                     Crystallisation
                     Heat Transfer                                    EC1D12    1               5
                     Plant Services                                   EC1E04    1               5
                     Living Cells                                     D02611    1               5
                     Systems and Control                              D18711    1               5
                     Measurement Technology: Pressure/Level           ED6B12    1               6
                     Electrical Plant Maintenance                     E96C12    1               6
                     Industrial Plant Maintenance                     E99412    1               6
                     Process Control                                  ED6912    1               6
                     Process Control Systems                          ED6A12    1               6
                     Basic Electrical Installation Systems and        D9AG 11   1               5
                     Protection
                     Basic Electrical Installation Skills             D9AH 11   1               5
                     Electrical Fundamentals                          D13211    1               5
                     Semiconductor Applications: An Introduction      D13311    1               5
                     Combinational Logic                              D13411    1               5
                     Systems and Control                              D18711    1               5




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The proposed NPA qualifications have been developed in collaboration with employers from the Life
Sciences Sectors and four colleges involved in the development of the Life Sciences Modern
Apprenticeship Framework. It is proposed that the NPA and PDA qualifications will offer:

        greater flexibility and breadth for both candidates and employers
        increased relevance amidst changing product development and implementation processes
        improved progression links both within and outwith the Framework
        better linkage between SVQ and vocational qualifications providing underpinning knowledge


Optional Outcomes

Employers may add further SVQ units, qualifications or training programmes where appropriate

LEARNING PATHWAYS


Technician
Designed for those at basic entry level with little or no experience of the sector where an employer
requires fully skilled practical employees.




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Implementation of the new Level 2 Life Sciences Modern Apprenticeship
Framework

The Level 2 Framework in Life Sciences is a new and a critical development for modern apprenticeships
in Scotland and Semta in collaboration with employers, key stakeholders and learning providers is
convinced their introduction and implantation will positively energise the Life Sciences Sector’s approach
to skills acquisition and skills utilisation within the workforce.

Through the consultation process for the development of this Framework and through its Bioscience
Sector Skills Agreement and Labour Market survey Semta has received strong indicators that this
Framework will prove popular across a range of sectors within Life Sciences. Furthermore, the evidence
indicates strongly that there is a need for further developments within the Framework for other routes eg
Animal Husbandry and a need for an Assistant Scientist Learning Pathway. However, the time
constraints placed upon Semta has not allowed for these developments within the timescale. But Semta
fully intends to further consult upon and develop these routes and pathways for future submission and
approval to MAG.

In the development of this Framework ,Semta has worked in collaboration with four training providers
(colleges) to ensure that the infrastructure is ready and prepared to deliver the components of the
Framework and to promote the Framework to its employer network. In addition to the four colleges who
have been working on the development and implementation there are now a further four colleges who
have expressed an interest to deliver the Framework. Therefore, Semta is confident there is strong
support for this Framework in terms of both industry and training provider support ie ‘supply and
demand’.

To further enhance this support Semta is committed to actively promoting this Framework through a
range of publicity and marketing materials that can be used externally as well as internally.

Specifically Semta has promoted the development of the Modern Apprenticeship through the Scottish
Sciences e-bulletin and in the Scottish Life Sciences review of February 2009. Semta has also promoted
the Framework to the BIA Scotland’s HR Heads Group.

Semta has also publicised developments through its own publications such as: Semta Matters and
Highlights. This activity will be built upon with a sustainable commitment to market, publicise and
promote the Modern Apprenticeship once it is in place.

To further ease the implantation of this Framework Semta will adopt MAs on-line and will encourage all
centres to use this when recruiting, registering and certificating candidates.




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Acceptable Evidence for Life Sciences Modern Apprenticeship
Certification
Lack of appropriate evidence can cause undue delay in Semta issuing a Modern Apprenticeship
certificate and may be difficult to rectify when only identified after completion of a candidate’s
training. It is important that approved providers understand what is required in terms of outcomes
when designing a candidate’s training plan. Relevant evidence should be identified at an early
stage in a candidate’s apprenticeship.

The following notes are intended as a guide to help identify evidence that is normally available on
completion of required outcomes. If there is any doubt providers are advised to contact Semta at an
early stage in a candidate’s training to seek confirmation.

Core Skills Component

Acceptable evidence:
     The Scottish Qualifications Certificate:
On leaving school students are issued with the Scottish Qualifications Certificate (SQC) which
details all qualifications achieved to date. This document is updated after leaving school each time
a candidate achieves a further qualification. Part of the Scottish Qualifications Certificate, called the
Core Skills Profile, records the core skills that have been achieved and at what level. For the
purposes of the Life Sciences Framework this must be at a minimum of Access 3.

     SQA Net/Navigator

A relevant navigator report can be acceptable evidence of achievement. Appropriate Units or
qualifications must be highlighted before submitting this form of evidence. It is important to note
that only centres accredited by SQA can access this information and permission must also be
sought from the candidate.

     Embedded

Core skills can be embedded in a qualification. This must be evidenced by an awarding body or
where a mapping exercise has been carried out and approved by both Semta and MAG (Modern
Apprenticeship Group)

Post-Induction Component

Acceptable evidence:

     Copy of the SVQ level 2 certificate is the preferred form of evidence
     SQA navigator report
     Copy of on-line confirmation, issued by awarding body, provided certificate number and
      issue date are present

Education Component

Acceptable evidence:

     Copy of the NPA certificate is the preferred form of evidence
     SQA navigator report (qualification(s)) to be highlighted and annotated with the title of award



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     Copy of on-line confirmation, issued by awarding body, provided certificate number and
      issue date are present



5        Registration and certification
         This Scottish Modern Apprenticeship is managed by Semta. Semta is the first point of
         contact in Scotland for any enquiries in relation to the Framework. Contact details:

         SEMTA
         Wynyard Park House
         Wynyard Park
         Billingham TS22 5TB
         Tel No: 01740 627033
         Fax No:01740 644799
         Web site www.semta.org.uk

         SEMTA will register all Scottish Modern Apprentices undertaking this Framework. All
         Modern Apprentices must be registered with the SSC within 8 weeks of starting their
         apprenticeship.

         Registration can be made by approved providers by completing the online form via
         MA On-Line:

         The site is currently at https://www.maonline.org.uk




         Semta will issue a Modern Apprenticeship Certificate of Completion to those Modern
         Apprentices who have completed the mandatory outcomes of the Framework. Before a
         certificate is issued, approved providers must complete a certification request, via MA On-
         Line and attach appropriate evidence that the mandatory outcomes have been achieved.
         Evidence will normally be in the form of scanned copies of certificates from awarding bodies.


         Note: Registration:
         Only qualifications listed in section 4 of this document should be used. While others may be
         considered acceptable, approval from Semta must be sought before registering the
         candidate for a Modern Apprenticeship.


         Semta Service level
         Semta undertakes to confirm the registration of candidates on line within 4 weeks of the
         registration . Each candidate will be issued with a unique registration number.

         Semta also undertakes to issue Certificates of Completion within 4 weeks of a certificate
         request being made on line and the appropriate evidence that a candidate has completed
         the outcomes as stated in the registration form and training plan.




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6        Recruitment and selection
         The recruitment and selection of Modern Apprentices is primarily the responsibility of the
         employer. However, the following guidance is given:

                 Employees may enter a Modern Apprenticeship from normal school leaving age.
                  There is no upper age limit.

                 The Modern Apprenticeship is designed to attract high quality people to the industry.
                  Achievement of academic qualifications is one way of assessing the suitability of
                  applicants. However it should be stressed that no persons should be deterred from
                  applying for a Modern Apprenticeship because of a lack of formal educational
                  qualifications. As well as traditional qualifications such as Standard and Highers
                  employers should also be aware of newer vocational qualifications or vocational
                  activity undertaken outwith an academic institution such as volunteering activity.

                 The following factors may also influence the selection process:

                      performance during a formal interview process
                      references
                      relevant work experience
                      trial observation period.

                 Employers should be aware of the nature, relevance and quality of foreign
                  qualifications and make appropriate allowances concerning entry requirements.

                 In order to promote and maintain the high status of the Modern Apprenticeship within
                  the industry all literature distributed for recruitment purposes should emphasise the
                  high standards of achievement expected of the candidate.

                 Employers may wish to contact Skills Development Scotland (Careers Scotland) and
                  Semta for advice and guidance on recruitment and selection. The Careers Scotland
                  web site is at: www.careers-scotland.org.uk

                 There are no specific sectoral requirements set by Semta for entry to a Modern
                  Apprenticeship programme however Semta can advise employers on the typical
                  requirements for each learning pathway in the Modern Apprentice Framework.




7        Equal opportunities

         Modern Apprenticeships should ensure that there is equality of opportunity for all and any
         barriers (real or perceived) are addressed to support anyone seeking to enter employment
         and undertaking the Modern Apprenticeship.

         All MAs supported by Skills Development Scotland must conform to any contractual
         requirements on equal opportunities. All employers of Modern Apprentices should have an
         Equal Opportunities policy statement.



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8        Health and safety
         All aspects of health and safety at work must be recognised within the delivery of this
         Modern Apprenticeship Framework and all statutory requirements be adhered to.

         It is a key aspect of the induction period of the Modern Apprenticeship that apprentices are
         fully informed both of the regulations and that they and their employers are bound by these
         regulations. Modern Apprentices should be made aware of their rights and duties with
         regard to health and safety.

         All Modern Apprentices supported by Skills Development Scotland will be required to satisfy
         the adequacy of its Health and Safety policy and systems.


9        Contracts
         The following three contracts are essential to the successful outcome of the Modern
         Apprenticeship programme:

         1        Contract of employment signed by the employer and the Modern Apprentice;

         2        Semta Training Agreement - this agreement outlines the basis of the modern
                  apprenticeship, refers to the contract of employment and includes Health and Safety
                  responsibilities;

         3        Semta Training Plan - this plan outlines the selected outcomes and the expected
                  duration of the apprenticeship. Training Plans may be modified to reflect changing
                  circumstances. In such circumstances it is essential that Semta is notified of any
                  changes.


10 Employment status of Modern Apprentices
         It is important that the sector offers genuine employment and career prospects to those
         people it wishes to attract through Modern Apprenticeships. Accordingly, all apprentices
         must be employed for the duration of the apprenticeship.




11 Terms and conditions of employment
         In order to compete with other sectors offering Modern Apprenticeships, attractive packages
         will need to be developed by employers in the sector. The terms and conditions of
         employment for individual Modern Apprentices will be agreed between the employer and the
         apprentice and should form the contract of employment.




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12 Training and development
         Delivery

         Training delivery can take many forms under the Modern Apprenticeship system. Some
         organisations may become approved SVQ Assessment Centres, others may join consortia
         or use peripatetic assessors. Some large employers will be able to complete all the training
         and development in-house, but most employers will find that some of the training and
         development will have to take place away from the normal work-site. In particular, the
         underpinning knowledge requirements are often more suited to delivery by outside training
         providers which might include:

             private training organisations
             colleges / universities
             other employers

         Such knowledge could be delivered through training courses or through open/distance
         learning packages.

         The option of sharing training and assessment resources amongst a cluster of employers (or
         across the divisions of a larger employer) will be particularly appealing to those firms which
         do not have the resources to provide all of the training and development. Assessment can
         be provided by these bodies, but the assessors and the training centre must be approved by
         the awarding bodies for the SVQ and core skills where appropriate.

         SEMTA Approved Modern Apprenticeship centres:

         The following Training Providers have worked with Semta in the development of this
         Framework. All of theses centres have agreed to come forward for approval to deliver the
         Life Sciences Modern Apprenticeship.

Centre                                     Contact                      Area
Forth Valley College                       Wendy Livingstone            Central / East of Scotland
Dundee College                             David Gourley                North of Scotland
Adam Smith College                         John Whitelock               East of Scotland
Inverness College                          Liz Barron                   Highlands and Islands

         In addition the following centres have placed a strong expression of interest in either
         delivering or finding out more about the Framework

Centre                                    Contact                      Area
 West Lothian College                     Mhairi Loughlan              Central/Lothian
James Watt College                        Gordon Stewardson            West of Scotland
Reid Kerr College                         Maria Roushia                West of Scotland
Stow College                              Alan Roseweir                West of Scotland




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         The SEMTA training plan

         The plan is required to identify:

         1 The selected Framework outcomes, specifying whether or not separate
           certification of the Core Skills is being sought;

         2 Any credit to be applied for through Accreditation of Prior Learning by the
           Modern Apprentice;

         3 A timetable for achievement of the selected Framework outcomes, linked to
           regular progress reviews.


         The Training Plan should take into account any relevant previous training and development,
         education or work experience. Not all Modern Apprentices need have different plans, but
         many will vary. Moreover as reviews take place and circumstances change so the plan itself
         should be modified.

         However any changes must:

          be subject to the quality provisions of Skills Development Scotland (if the MA is being
           financially supported)
          comply with the stipulations of this Framework;
          meet the needs of the employer and apprentice.

         A sample Training Plan is provided at Appendix 3 of this document, however for those
         Modern Apprentices funded by a Skills Development Scotland area office it is sufficient to
         submit the Skills Development Scotland Training Plan on condition that it covers the same
         information required in the Modern Apprenticeship Training Plan.




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13        Consultation Process

SEMTA has undertaken the following process of consultation:

This framework is the outcome of a series of consultative events and activities, namely:

        The Bioscience Sector Skills Agreement (SSA) - (2007)
        Semta’s Labour Market Survey for the Pharmaceutical and Bioscience sectors - (2006/2007)
        The Sector Qualification Strategy (SQS) - (2008-2009)
        Development of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Laboratory Science and
         Scientific Manufacture (2008-2009)
        Consultation with employers and stakeholders specifically regarding the development of the
         Life Sciences MA (2008/2009)
        Presentations to Life Sciences Industry Advisory Group and BIA Scotland HR Heads Group

Through the development and production of the Labour Market Survey, Stages 1-5 of the SSA, the
SQS and science based NOS Semta has consulted widely with employers and stakeholders across
the UK and strenuous efforts were made to ensure that this consultation included Scotland.

With specific reference to the development of the Life Sciences MA the outline of work is as follows:

Date            Activity
Sep – Oct        Face to Face consultations with 30 key employers and Stakeholders
  2008           - Key industry personnel
                Key Training Providers / Stakeholders
Oct – Nov       Electronic Questionnaire sent out to nearly 200 life sciences companies.
  2008          - Poor response with 20 returns
Dec             Collation of all consultation findings and feedback
2008            - Meetings with employers and key Training Providers and Awarding
                Body to ‘check’ feedback
                - Meeting with Scottish Government
Jan             Meeting with Industry, Stakeholders and Training Providers to review
2009            refine and develop Framework
Feb             Final check with employers and Training Providers based on previous
2009            consultation and final amendments
                Meeting with Scottish Government
March           Framework submission
2009

Employer / Industry consultation

During September and October Semta through the efforts of a consultant familiar with the life
sciences sector undertook a series of face to face interviews with key Industry personnel and Key
Stakeholders to determine the need for, and content of the Life Sciences MA.

The findings from this exercise were used to construct an e-questionnaire which was sent to a wider
employer audience of nearly 200 employers. However, the response rate (20) or 10% - despite
reminders and telephone follow up - was disappointing.
However, Semta is confident that in the face to face consultation it has consulted with the most
appropriate, and key, personnel in the Life Sciences arena in Scotland.


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Of particular interest was that none of the feedback was negative comment or showed a lack of
interest for the development of a Life Sciences Modern Apprenticeship. All feedback was positive,
and the vast majority of respondents stated that whilst they employ graduates as technicians this
results in a variety of problems as in many cases new graduate expectations of a technician’s post
are unrealistic and in a short time most become bored with the routine nature of the tasks and end
up leaving the company in under one year. Companies also stated that they struggled to get non
graduate people to interview. With this in mind, all companies welcomed the development of the
Modern Apprenticeship.

Therefore, the very positive nature of the feedback from employers and stakeholders indicates
strong support for the Life Science Modern Apprenticeship with respect to generating interest from
young people, those already in industry and building the capacity of the capability of the training
provider network

From the consultation exercise a Modern Apprenticeship Development Forum was formed in order
to focus and steer the development of the Modern Apprenticeship Framework. Given the distance
between some of the members it was agreed that he Forum should meet through a variety of
methods (eg electronically) and not always face to face. In the end, through the electronic methods
of contact, it was only necessary for the Forum to ‘physically’ meet once, in January 2009.

Finally, with respect to consultation the development of the Life Sciences Modern Apprenticeship
Framework has been a standing agenda item on the *Scottish Advisory Committee on Lifelong
Learning and it has also been an agenda item on Semta’s Sector Strategy Group for Bioscience




*
    The Scottish Advisory Committee on Lifelong Learning is a joint Semta/Scottish Engineering committee




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14 Career progression
         The Life Sciences Modern Apprenticeship Framework has been designed, through its
         pathway structure, with career progression in mind. Candidates can build on achievements
         and it is possible to progress from Technician to Technologist Pathway and eventually
         Assistant Scientist Pathway through greater and higher levels of working responsibility. The
         Life Sciences Modern Apprenticeship Framework provides the best possible preparation to
         achieving technician and technologist skilled level status within the industry.

         Early progression can be to job roles in a variety of support functions to assist in scientific
         manufacture and laboratory environments, performing technical and quality assurance
         related tasks. Job titles such as laboratory assistant, pack technician, analyst, analytical
         scientist, production supervisor, microbiologist laboratory team supervisor would be typical in
         the Life Sciences sectors.

          Two key findings of Semta’s Sector Skills Agreement for Bioscience was the image and
         attractiveness of the sector and the lack of clearly identified career pathways within the
         sector it is hoped that this Framework will address both of these key findings

         In terms of attracting entrants to the sector Semta is confident that the Life Sciences
         Framework will provide a new and clear entry route to young people and adult entrants which
         previously did not exist. With respect to career paths the Life Science Framework, through
         its Learning Pathways, will provide candidates with an ideal platform to select and progress
         upon and as a result of the flexibility within the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and
         SVQs within the Framework, there are no barriers to vertical progression from Technician
         (SVQ 2) to Technologist (SVQ 3) and as in many cases the NOS either currently exist or are
         being developed at higher levels then eventually onto Assistant Scientist (SVQ 4).

         With respect to progression outwith the Life Sciences Framework there are a variety of FE
         and HE institutions offering science based courses* and it is hoped that articulation from the
         Modern Apprenticeship with eight credits of underpinning knowledge would allow for entry to
         a national certificate or an appropriate HNC/HND. All of which would fundamentally support:

                 Skills for Scotland – A Lifelong Skills Strategy
                 SCQF Framework and philosophy
                 The recognition of vocational qualifications within the sector
                 An industry focussed approach




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Appendices

Appendix 1

Stakeholder Responsibilities

Many organisations and individuals share the responsibility for ensuring that the Modern
Apprenticeship programme is implemented to the highest possible standard. They include:

            Sector Skills Councils
            Skills Development Scotland
            Awarding bodies
            Training Providers
            Modern Apprentice Group (MAG)
            Employers
            Modern Apprentices

Role of Semta

Semta is responsible for:
               Developing Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks and is required to work with
                 employers in Engineering and Science sectors to ensure that all Frameworks
                 meet their needs and are fit for purpose.
               Approval of Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Centres (MACs) for the delivery of
                 the apprenticeship. (see section 12)
               Registration and monitoring of individual modern apprentices.
               Certification of successfully completed apprenticeships.
               The review of the framework in light of future experience to ensure the framework
                 continues to meet the needs of apprentices and employers.
               Maintaining a database of MACs approved to deliver the framework in Scotland
                 which will be available for employers and potential candidates.


For details on Semta visit www.semta.org.uk or www.sscalliance.org.uk

Role of Skills Development Scotland

MA Frameworks are used by employers as part of their workforce development to train new
employees and upskill existing members of staff. They can (and often are) used regardless of
whether financial support is available from the delivery body who currently provides a contribution
towards the cost of delivery. However, only approved MA Frameworks will be eligible for funding
support from Skills Development Scotland who should be contacted to establish the availability and
level of support for each Framework

Further information is available from; www.modernapprenticeships.com

Skills Development Scotland, under the Careers Scotland brand, provides advice and guidance to
individuals on the range of Modern Apprenticeships and training providers available. Individuals are
signposted to opportunity providers who offer training in the vocational areas of interest.




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Responsibilities include:

        Supporting the Modern Apprentice with ongoing Career Planning advice
        Signposting candidates to suitable vacancies
        Promoting the Modern Apprenticeship route on Career Scotland branded website
        Facilitating recruitment events that bring together jobseekers and opportunity providers

Role of the Awarding Bodies

A significant proportion of the Modern Apprenticeship is based on the assessment of the apprentice
against SVQs or SVQ units. These qualifications are accredited by the SQA Accreditation and are
offered by Awarding Bodies.

It is the responsibility of the Awarding Bodies to ensure that centres are approved, that assessors
and verifiers are suitably qualified, trained and monitored, and that all of the assessment criteria of
the SVQs and SVQ units are fully met.

Role of the Training Provider

The role of the Training Provider is important to the success of the Modern Apprenticeship. A
Training Provider can be a Further Education college, a private or voluntary training company or in
some cases the employer themselves or employer partnerships.

Training Providers are responsible for:

        Confirming an appropriate MA programme for candidates
        Agreeing the training needs of the candidates
        Agreeing roles and responsibilities for on the job training
        Agreeing where off the job training will be required and defining roles and responsibilities for
         this with relevant parties
        Ensuring trainee/candidate has access to the best quality training opportunities available
        Ensuring that the Modern Apprentices and employers fully understands the principles and
         processes of competence-based assessment
        Registering of MA candidates with Semta (and Skills Development Scotland if appropriate).
        Compiling and agreeing assessment schedules/assessment plans
        Judging performance evidence
        Completing assessment records
        Reviewing candidates progress at regular intervals
        Submitting records and evidence for moderation
        Advising the Modern Apprentice who to approach for support, advice, encouragement and in
         case of complaint




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Role of MAG

MAG is an independent group drawn from key stakeholders involved in the management and
delivery of the Modern Apprenticeship programme in Scotland.

MAG is responsible for:

        Approval and re-approval of MA Frameworks
        De-approval of MA Frameworks
        Overseeing the generic marketing thrust of the MA programme in Scotland
        Encouraging best practice across MA Frameworks and sectors


Role of the Employer

Employer’s responsibilities include:

                 Paying new Modern Apprentices in accordance with the company’s policy and in line
                  with current legislation
                 Agreeing roles and responsibilities for on the job training
                 Agreeing where off the job training will be required and define roles and
                  responsibilities for this with relevant parties
                 Highlighting opportunities for the Modern Apprentice to demonstrate competence
                 Meeting with Trainers, Assessors, Verifiers and the Modern Apprentices to review
                  progress
                 Witnessing candidate performance and verify evidence
                 Releasing Modern Apprentices for college/off-the-job training in line with training plan
                 Providing the experience, facilities and training necessary to achieve the outcomes of
                  the training plan.
                 Supporting and encouraging Modern Apprentices and rewarding achievement
                 Taking responsibility for the Health & Safety of Modern Apprentices.

Role of the Modern Apprentice

Modern Apprentices have the same responsibilities to their employer as any other employee. In
addition, they have a range of commitments to their training programme.

Modern Apprentices’ responsibilities include:

        Observing the company’s terms and conditions of employment
        Agreeing a training/development plan with all parties involved
        Undertaking development in line with agreed training plan
        Attending meetings with trainers, assessors and verifiers as required
        Attending college/off-the-job training where required
        Providing evidence of competence
        Developing a collection of evidence (portfolio) and retain ownership of this throughout
        Behaving in a professional manner throughout




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Appendix 2

Modern Apprenticeship Centres (MACs)

Science Modern Apprentices may only be registered through organisations approved by Semta to
deliver this Framework. Such approved organisations are called Modern Apprenticeship Centres
(MACs)

The MAC may be the employer of the apprentice or a separate organisation such as a Training
Provider, College of FE, or similar.

In order to be approved, organisations must make a formal application to Semta, seeking approval
and establishing that the centre satisfies the following criteria:

Either: be approved by an appropriate Awarding Body as a centre for the assessment of the
        relevant SVQ(s) at level 2 (and Scottish Core Skills if these are being separately certificated)

Or: be capable of demonstrating a contractual relationship with another approved centre for the
    assessment of those units for which the MAC does not have approval from an appropriate
    Awarding Body.

In addition

Organisations that have contracts with Skills Development Scotland for the delivery of Modern
Apprenticeships must have Scottish Quality Management System (SQMS) accreditation (or be
prepared to work towards accreditation) or other quality system accepted by Skills Development
Scoltand. Organisations that are privately funding their Modern Apprenticeship programme are
actively encouraged to seek SQMS accreditation, or other quality assurance system as agreed with
the Sector Skills Council.

Semta will maintain a database of MACs for the delivery of the Framework within Scotland, which
will be available to employers and others.

Organisations wishing to become MACs who have yet to obtain the necessary Awarding Body
approval for assessment should first contact the Awarding Body direct.

Organisations wishing to be accredited with SQMS (or other appropriate quality system) should
contact Skills Development Scotland.

In addition to the assessment of the Modern Apprentice against the relevant standards set by the
selected Framework outcomes, the MAC has responsibility for:

    Entering into a formal training agreement with the employer and Modern Apprentice
    Registering Modern Apprentices as candidates for the relevant SVQ(s) and other selected
     units with the appropriate Awarding Body
    Registering Modern Apprentices with Semta
    Applying to Semta for the final `Certificate of Completion’ on behalf of Modern Apprentices
    Informing Semta of any material alterations to Modern Apprentices’ training plans or desired
     changes to the selected Framework outcomes.




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Appendix 3


                                    MODERN APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING AGREEMENT
This Training Agreement is entered into by:
 Name of Employer:

    Name of Modern Apprentice:

    Name of Modern
    Apprenticeship Centre:

The Employer’s responsibilities are to:

1         employ the modern apprentice subject to the employer’s usual terms and conditions of employment;

2         provide the modern apprentice with the facilities, training and work place opportunities necessary to achieve the selected
          Framework outcomes specified in the apprentice’s personal training plan;

3         pay the modern apprentice an agreed salary which reflects the obligations of the employer and the opportunities for the
          apprentice;

4         in the event of the employer becoming unable to retain the modern apprentice after completion of the apprenticeship, to use
          reasonable endeavours to secure employment elsewhere;

5         in the event of the apprenticeship being terminated prematurely by either the employer or modern apprentice for any reason
          other than dismissal for unsatisfactory performance or misconduct, to use reasonable endeavours to secure employment and
          continuation of this apprenticeship elsewhere;

6         operate a formal Health and Safety policy and undertake the necessary legal and contractual responsibilities for health and
          safety of the modern apprentice; and

7         operate an Equal Opportunities policy which meets all legal requirements.

The Modern Apprentice’s responsibilities are to:

1         work for the employer in accordance with the agreed terms and conditions of employment;

2         undertake training, attend courses if required, keep records, and take assessments to be determined by the employer and/or
          Modern Apprenticeship Centre, and carry out such work as may be required in order to achieve the selected Framework
          outcomes specified in the apprentice’s personal training plan;

3         be diligent, punctual, behave in a responsible manner and in accordance with the requirements of Health and Safety
          legislation relating to the apprentice’s responsibilities as an individual; and

4         promote at all times the employer’s best interests.

The Modern Apprenticeship Centre’s responsibilities are to:

1         agree the content of the modern apprentice’s personal training plan as confirming that the selected Framework outcomes and
          training plans meet the criteria of this modern apprenticeship

2         contract with the employer to provide the training and assessment necessary to enable the modern apprentice to achieve the
          selected Framework outcomes specified in the apprentice’s personal training plan; and

3         use its best endeavours to ensure that the employer provides the modern apprentice with the facilities, training and work place
          opportunities necessary to achieve the selected Framework outcomes specified in the apprentice’s personal training plan.

This agreement to be signed by all parties:
Employer                                                                                                     Date:

Modern Apprentice                                                                                            Date:
(or Parent/Guardian, if under 18)
Modern Apprenticeship Centre                                                                                 Date:




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                                MODERN APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING PLAN


The Modern Apprenticeship Centre
Name:

Address:



Telephone:                                    Contact:

The Modern Apprentice
Full name:


Home address:



Work address:



Date of birth:



The Employer
Name:

Address:



Telephone:                                     Contact:


Skills Development Scotland (if applicable)
Name:

Address:



Telephone:                                    Contact:




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Framework mandatory outcomes

SVQ level (please identify level)         Tick Units being undertaken   SCQF Level   SCQF Credit Points
(List mandatory and optional units)




SVQ level (please identify level)         Tick Units being undertaken   SCQF Level   SCQF Credit Points
(List mandatory and optional units)




Education




Core Skills
Minimum Intermediate 1

1        Communication

2        Working with others

3        Numeracy

4        Information technology

5        Problem Solving




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Optional outcomes

Additional units (if any)
these are optional and should reflect the individual training needs of the Apprentice
         (specify unit)

         (specify unit)

         (specify unit)

         (specify unit)



Summary of Modern Apprentices accredited prior learning




If you require assistance in completing this form, please contact:


SEMTA
Policy UK
Wynyard Park House
Wynyard Park
Billingham
TS22 5TB

Tel No: 01740627000




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Appendix 4

Centre Approval Procedure

Organisations wishing to apply to become a Modern Apprenticeship Approved Centre should complete
form SCOT 05

Completed documentation should be sent to:

         SEMTA                                                    Telephone: 01740 627030
         Policy UK                                                Fax:       01740 644799
         Wynyard Park House                                       E-Mail:    customerservices@semta.org.uk
         Wynyard Park
         Billingham
         TS22 5TB

    1. Once the completed application is received by SEMTA, a member of staff will visit you to confirm
       that sufficient resources are available to deliver the training and that appropriate outcomes can
       be achieved.

    2. Part of the approval process is to ensure that appropriate training plans will be adopted. To
       satisfy this, during the approval stage, sample training plans should be made available.

    3. Approved organisations are responsible for arranging any contracts that may be required, such
       as:
            Between candidate and employer
            Between training provider/employer and Scottish Enterprise/ Highlands and Islands
             enterprise – where appropriate
            Between organisations and relevant Awarding Bodies (for outcomes of training)

    4. Approved organisations are responsible for monitoring the progress of the candidates they have
       registered during all components of apprenticeships (induction, post-induction and education)
       and keeping the employer informed of progress or otherwise.

    5. SEMTA will ensure the quality and consistency of training through regular monitoring activity.

    6. Funding is at the discretion of the Scottish Entrprise/Highlands and Islands Enterprise and
       employers/approved providers should contact their LEC directly to establish the specific level of
       assistance

    7. Duration of approval
       The duration of approval is for two years after which a centre is required to apply for re-approval.
       In certain instances a centre may be conditionally approved ie approved subject to certain
       conditions. In such cases, where centres fail to meet the set conditions within an agreed
       timescale, then such centres will automatically be de-approved until the set conditions have been
       met and signed off by SEMTA.

     8 De-Approval
       De- approval of a centre will only be taken as a last resort in cases where a centre fails to
       continue to meet the framework requirements. Wherever possible, SEMTA will seek alternatives
       to de-approval of centres through continued dialogue and development visits to centres to
       resolve any outstanding issues.



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Appendix 5

Exemption Policy & Guidelines
Contact SEMTA for details.




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Appendix 6 6


     APPLICATION TO DELIVER APPROVED LIFES SCIENCES MODERN APPRENTICESHIP LEARNING
                                       PATHWAYS.
Please refer to notes in framework document This application is made by the following
when completing this application.           organisation:
Completed application forms along with any Name & Address:
supporting documentation should be returned to:
SEMTA
Policy UK
Wynyard Park House
Wynyard Park                                                      Post Code:         E-Mail Address:
Billingham, TS22 5TB
                                                                  Phone No:          Fax No:


Please  as appropriate
1 - Is the Organisation an Approved Assessment Centre?                         YES             NO

2 - Does the Organisation have current approved SQMS status?                   YES             NO

3 - If you have answered No to Q2 do you have an alternative
                                                                               YES             NO
Quality Assurance system in place?

4 - Have you checked that your application complies with the
                                                                               YES             NO
requirements of the Framework document?

5 – LIFE SCIENCES MODERN APPRENTICESHIP LEARNING PATHWAYS

Please  which pathway the Organisation wants to be approved to deliver.
Technician
Technologist
Assistant scientist


Please which route the Organisation wants to be approved to deliver.
Animal Science
Laboratory Science
Manufacturing Science




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6. Details of applicant.
Name of applicant:
Signature of applicant:                                                              Date:
Job title of applicant:


SEMTA Office use only:
Date received:                                                    Actioned by:
Approval Visit Date:                                              Approved by:
Approval Date:                                                    Acknowledgement:
Checked by:                                                       Entered on Database:




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