All old style apprenticeships use a framework or standards (called SASE frameworks) to ensure quality of delivery. New Apprenticeship Standards are set to replace the old SASE frameworks.
New apprenticeship standards - the basics
New standards are being introduced and all apprenticeships will follow these standards by 2020. The new standards will:
- Define an apprenticeship that lasts a minimum of 12 months.
- Be linked to a specific occupational level.
- Respond to employers’ needs, ensuring that apprenticeships are high quality and rigorous and develop the knowledge, skills and behaviour required for a specific job role.
- Be designed to prepare the apprentice for the (newly introduced) end-point assessment.
The standards are created by the groups of employers or ‘Trailblazers’.
A Trailblazer is made up of a group of employers who work together to design new apprenticeship standards for occupations within their sectors. Employers are now at the forefront of the development of Apprenticeships and learning; creating people with workplace skills that are relevant to business and industry.
They will be required to contain:
On-programme training and learning
- There will be no mandatory requirement for qualifications (unless they are a requirement such as a Licence to Practice (LTP), or are written into the Standard by the Trailblazer group).
- All apprentices will be required to develop their maths and English skills.
- Apprenticeships will cover behaviours, as well as knowledge and skills.
Gateway to end-point assessment
- Towards the end of the apprenticeship, employers and providers will ‘sign off’ the apprentice as being ready for end-point assessment.