What are Apprenticeship Standards?
Simply put, Apprenticeship Standards are a new type of employer developed apprenticeship that provides a more robust learning experience and ensures the apprentice develops the right competencies and skills needed to succeed in their given industry and job role. This puts Employers firmly at the forefront of the development of Apprenticeships, creating people with real business and industry level skills.
They are totally different from the existing Frameworks that we have been using in the past. There is a heavy focus on the apprentices’ competences which must be assessed independently at the end of the apprenticeship where they will be awarded a pass, merit, or distinction.
What are Apprenticeship Trailblazers?
You may have heard the term “Trailblazers” this part will give a brief explanation. Back in 2012 there was a full Government review of apprenticeships and it was announced that there were going to be reforms in the way in which apprenticeships will be created, funded and delivered. The Government tasked employer led groups known as “Trailblazers” to redesign the apprenticeship frameworks for their industry specific sector in order to create more robust apprenticeships that provide the right skills for the right industries. As the apprenticeship is created by employers, for employers, you can be confident that your apprentice will be receiving the training needed to be an asset to your company.
“Apprenticeships made by employers for employers.”
These Trailblazers helped to create new Apprenticeship Standards which are a simple two-page document that clearly shows all the skills, knowledge and competencies that employers and industry experts felt an apprentice needs to succeed in their job role.
Which Employers (Trailblazers) were involved in the creation of these New Apprenticeship Standards?
A full list of employers that are involved in the Trailblazers who have helped to develop these Standards can be seen by downloading the PDF here
So What is the Difference Between Apprenticeship Frameworks and Standards?
The handy info-graphic by City & Guilds highlights the key differences between apprenticeship frameworks and apprenticeship standards. A key difference is that the new Apprenticeship Standards have a more rigorous end-point assessment that replaces the older mandatory qualifications in Frameworks.
The final assessment will entail:
- Portfolio – Evidence of real work projects completed during the apprenticeship and cover the requirements in the apprenticeship standard
- Synoptic project – Apprentice can undertake business related project away from work place (1 week)
- An employer reference – The employer will need to Sign-off and provide a reference regarding the quality of the apprentice’s work
- Interview – An assessor will explore what has been produced in the portfolio and projects and check for occupational competence
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Which Apprenticeship standards have been approved for delivery?
Click the download buttons to view all the Apprenticeship Standards that are currently approved for delivery or a list of the Standards still in development.
How the Apprenticeship Standard Process Works
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How Does Apprenticeship Standard Funding Work?
Businesses that DO NOT pay the Levy
The latest proposal is that these employers will have to pay just 10% of the apprenticeship cost, with 90% of apprenticeship training costs being paid for by the Government Levy funds. In addition, for small employers with fewer than 50 employees it has been proposed that the Government pays the full 100% of the training if the employer takes on 16- to 18-year-old apprentices or 19- to 24-year-olds formerly in care or who have an EHCplan. So if you employ a 19-24 year old who has not been in care, you will need to pay a 10% contribution. I will share examples of the proposed prices below, so you can get an idea of costs.
Basically all apprenticeship frameworks and standards starts from April 2017 will be funded from one of 15 bands, each with an upper limit ranging from £1,500 to £27,000. It will then be up to employers to negotiate prices with providers.
Here is an example of how this may work:
- Employer chooses apprenticeship in band 5 with a maximum price of £3,500
- Employer negotiates a price of £3,000 with their provider
- Government co-invests 90% = £2,700
- Employer co-invests remaining 10%= £300
- The Employer will pay the full £3000 over the course of the apprenticeship, but will receive payments from the Government for £2700 at various stages to offset the cost. This costing the employer just £300 overall.
Businesses that DO have to pay the levy
Once you have declared the levy to HMRC you will be able to access funding for apprenticeships through a new digital apprenticeship service account. It is proposed that employers who have to pay the Levy (those with annual payroll bills over £3m) will get a 10% automatic monthly top-up. However, if their levy account is insufficient then like smaller employers, 90 per cent of their additional apprenticeship training costs will be subsidised. So for every £100 that enters your digital account to spend on apprenticeship training, you get £110.
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