Engineering Update July 2017

Mon Jul 31 15:18:00 UTC 2017

This month's update for Engineering July 2017

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Apprenticeship Standards

The new Engineering Technician Standard is now available and ready for delivery. This standard incorporates 13 original standards into a new Core and Options approach.

Further work will be carried out during the rest of 2017 (post discussions/agreement with the IFA) to include additional occupations and to rationalise the mandatory qualifications contained within.

Work is ongoing with employer groups to identify new standards at Level 4 and to combine the existing Level 6 standards into a core and options approach. Work will commence in September on these but new learners should continue to use the existing standards.

For more information as to the pathways and the requirements of these, please contact Bryony Leonard on

Qualifications to meet current apprenticeship standards

There is an updated list of current qualifications available from Pearson and the apprenticeship standards these relate to. This list will be updated regularly and will be available from your account manager.

Business improvement techniques update

For the eagle eyed amongst you, you will have noticed the following new apprenticeship standards that have been added to the website:

  • Improvement Technician
  • Improvement Practitioner

These are the first 2 new standards in the original ‘Business Improvement’ suite of apprenticeships. These new standards are mapped to the Six Sigma roles with the Improvement Technician mapping to the Yellow Belt occupation and the Improvement Practitioner mapping to the Green Belt Occupation. 2 additional standards are being considered for approval for the Black Belt and Master Black Belt occupations.

The Improvement Technician is a replacement for the current Level 2 BIT Apprenticeship framework. The new occupation however, will be at Level 3. Providers are encouraged to look at the standard to see if the requirements meet their future business needs with customers.

There is no plan for a replacement level 2 occupational standard. The associated Assessment Plan with on programme delivery and end-point assessment will be available shortly.

Should you have any questions about these new standards, please do not hesitate to contact Bryony Leonard on

SASE Frameworks

Consultations are ongoing in relation the withdrawal of SASE Apprenticeship Frameworks. The following frameworks have been confirmed as being withdrawn as of 1 October 2017:

Apprenticeship Sector Code  Apprenticeship Framework 
593 Mineral Products Technology 
544 Rail Traction and Rolling Stock Engineering

The following frameworks are currently being considered for withdrawal as of April 2018:

Apprenticeship Sector Code  Apprenticeship Framework  What is being withdrawn 


Composite Engineering

Full framework (Level 2,3)


Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

Full framework (Level 2,3)


Vehicle Parts

Level 3 only


Vehicle Sales

Level 3 only

We are still waiting to hear if these proposals have been successful.

BTEC Nationals in Engineering (QCF)

We have extended the operational delivery dates of these qualifications until December 2019 to ensure that they can still be delivered as part of Apprenticeship Frameworks.

These qualifications will still be available and funded for 16-18 year old learners, but most will not attract funding for 19+ learners although they will be eligible for loan funding. These qualifications are not included on the DfE Performance Tables. They will still continue to attract UCAS points.

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