apprenticeships have been listed under individual Frameworks which detail the
requirements and qualifications necessary for that apprenticeship. Apprenticeship
Standards will be replacing the current Apprenticeship Frameworks. You can view
the list of Standards here.
Designed by Trailblazers they are entirely
employer-led and employment-focused. They aim to define a skilled job in just a
few pages in common language which is easy to read and understand.
Core standard – knowledge, skills and behaviour
necessary for the job role.
Options – optional units which can be chosen
based on the business and industry, the skillset/interest of the apprentice and
the apprentice’s future career path.
Require a minimum of 20% off-the-job training.
A minimum of 372 days long
Include professional registration where
What is end-point assessment?
End-point assessment is a final
exam in what the apprentice has learned over the duration of their training. Each
Standard has its own requirements for the final assessment which are set by the
Trailblazers and will have to be conducted by an independent Registered
Apprenticeship Assessment Organisation which has been licensed by the Skills
Funding Agency and which has the appropriate equipment and expertise. It should
raise the validity of apprenticeships and reduce the need for continuous
assessment by assessors. There will still be the need for assessors as the
apprentice will need formative assessments throughout the apprenticeship.
Combined with the portfolio and observations in the workplace, the end-point
assessment is graded and the Government is hoping this will incentivise
apprentices to work hard and aim high. If there is no assessment centre for the Standard, the
apprenticeship cannot be completed. CWC can advise you about current
Standards which are available and the end-point assessment process.
Trailblazers are responsible for
designing the new Standards, some of which are designed to replace the current
Frameworks and others which are new and for jobs which have never had
apprenticeship training available before. The idea is to make apprenticeships
employer-led so that the needs of the sector are met in full as well as meeting
the needs of employers and the wider economy.
The Government is aiming to phase
out the current Apprenticeship Frameworks by 2020. Like Frameworks, the
Standards take a minimum of 12 months (372 days) to complete and cover
knowledge, skills and behaviour in the workplace combined with time to study
and a transferable skills element. However, Standards are focused on specific
job roles whereas Frameworks are more industry-focused.
There are currently 260 standards
published and ready for training which is the result of more than 200
Trailblazers working together – a total of more than 1400 employers. This
compares to around 320 live Frameworks available but there are around 180
Standards still in development. You can view the list of Standards here.