For those already delivering apprenticeships, the old SASE (Standard of Apprenticeship Standards England) frameworks will be replaced fully by the new standards by 2020. Follow our guidance to ensure you are fully prepared.

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Things you need to know about the transition to the new standards

Private training providers (PTPs) and FE colleges will continue to be integral to the new apprenticeship standards, working with employers as they continue to define them. The involvement of learning providers will depend on the sector and the individual requirements of particular employers.  

If your annual pay bill is more than £3 million, you will have to contribute a 0.5% levy, which will go towards funding apprenticeships in the UK. You will receive a £15,000 allowance to offset against your payment.

Some sectors and occupations require our new apprenticeships to involve qualifications. For example, a healthcare science assistant will need to complete our BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Healthcare Science. Whichever new apprenticeship they take, your apprentice will be assessed on their skills, knowledge and behaviours.  

The length of a new apprenticeship depends on the role the apprentice is training for, the subject and the level. The minimum duration for a new standards apprenticeship before an apprentice can take the end-point assessment is 12 months, with 20% off-the-job training. For example, we suggest the timeframes for the following:

  • Dental and healthcare science - 18 months.
  • Science manufacturing technician (Level 3) - 30 months.
  • Toolmaker or a tool and die maintenance technician (Level 3) - 48 months.

For many new standards we will offer an end-point assessment service and can arrange these for employers. Where we don’t offer an end-point assessment service for a particular new apprenticeship standard, we will work closely with employers and relevant third party assessment organisations to ensure the apprentice is supported with a well structured learning programme.

If no qualification is required, we can offer a formative assessment service or learning material mapped to the standards and EPA requirements.

We are currently, and will continue, to undertake applications on the EPAO (Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations) for sectors in which we intend to offer new apprenticeship standards and end-point assessment services. 

Our experienced nationwide account management team are equipped with the knowledge and resources to help learning providers and employers set up and deliver high-quality apprenticeships.

Our highly-skilled team of experts are here to support you through every step of the apprenticeship process – from gaining centre approval to registering learners and claiming certificates. We want to make it as simple as possible for you to set up a high-quality, productive and inspiring apprenticeship programme for your company.

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Countdown to new apprenticeships 

If you are a provider, once you have addressed all of the above, you should be ready to start your countdown to the New Apprenticeship standards.

It’s vital for learning centres to stay informed in a fast-changing apprenticeship landscape.

Appoint an internal trailblazer champion to be your ‘expert’ voice and to keep an eye on government and provider developments. It’s also a good time to speak to local employers about which programmes are in demand, do online research or make contact with other bodies such as Local Enterprise Partnerships, trailblazer groups or Sector Skills Councils.

  • Have you signed up for updates and information?
  • Have you appointed an in-house new standards expert?
  • Have you decided what occupational areas you want to grow?

As apprenticeships are moving to a more employer-led approach it’s important you consult with your local employers when developing their programmes.

  • Have you spoken to local employers to test and develop high level proposals for your programmes?
  • Have you tested your programmes with employers and acted on feedback?

Check whether the new standard is available for delivery for your chosen apprenticeship occupation.

Check the new standards availability

If you are an existing provider of SASE frameworks, you will need to decide when to make the transition.

  • Have you checked what apprenticeships are already available?
  • Have you agreed your schedule for transition?

Registered Assessment Organisations (RAOs) will deliver end-point assessment. Learning providers can recommend a registered organisation but the final choice is down to the employer.

Pearson is a registered assessment organisation and you should contact your local Pearson Account Manager for more information.

  • Have you investigated and chosen an end-point assessment provider?  

Your pricing structure must give you the flexibility to negotiate with employers and contractors and must fall within the maximum funding available, unless employers wish to contribute more towards training.

  • Do you have a simple funding model/pricing structure staff and employer partners will understand?
  • Does your pricing model consider overheads, programme content and end-point assessment?
  • Does your pricing structure give you flexibility to negotiate with employers and contractors?
  • How much discount (if any) can you afford to offer?  

Check you have considered all aspects of implementing the new standards both internal and external – including assessing internal technology and training issues and initiating contractual and evaluation processes.

  • Have you considered all aspects of delivering the new standards?
  • Do you need to provide training to staff?
  • Have you agreed how you are going to monitor, review and evaluate the success of your apprenticeship programmes?
  • Have you developed templates for contracts with apprentices?
  • Do you have a marketing plan in place?