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Apprenticeship Framework – Trailblazer policy

Apprenticeship Framework – Apprenticeship Standard policy

The English Government’s aim is to replace all current Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE apprenticeships) with new apprenticeships, known as Apprenticeship Standards, by the end of 2020.

We have developed the following process for gaining recognition by CSCS of an Apprenticeship Standard.

Recognising Apprenticeship Standards

Apprenticeships in England are changing. The Government has chosen to create an employer-led model for developing and funding apprenticeship standards. This will replace the current system and focus on employers driving the development and delivery of apprenticeships. The Government’s aim is to replace all current Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE apprenticeships) with new apprenticeships, known as Apprenticeship Standards, by the end of 2020.

The emerging Apprenticeship Standards have different delivery and assessment arrangements and some do not include the use of N/SVQs as is the case with the previous, and in some instances, current SASE Apprenticeships.

Government will only allow the inclusion of mandatory qualifications in Apprenticeship Standards under certain circumstances and each individual Apprenticeship Standard Employer Group will have to determine with the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education whether its proposal will meet their criteria if they decide to include a N/SVQ as a compulsory part of the Apprenticeship.

A completed Apprenticeship Standard which does not include a mandatory N/SVQ will be accepted as meeting the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) minimum standard provided that the apprenticeship standard and its associated end point assessment have been approved by both the Employer Group and the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, and confirmed on the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education website at https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/.