New apprenticeship standards are being developed by employer groups known as ‘trailblazers’.
These new standards will eventually replace the existing SASE apprenticeship frameworks.
Each standard is linked to a specific occupation and includes the knowledge, competency and behaviours required to undertake that job role effectively.
All apprentices must undertake an End-point Assessment (EPA) before completing their apprenticeship. This EPA will be conducted by an organisation and assessor that is independent of, and separate from, the training provided by the provider and employer.
Skillsfirst Assess is approved to provide end-point assessment for a number of standards, you can find more details here.
The end-point assessment will be graded according to the methodology outlined in each standard / assessment plan.
All new apprenticeship standards require learners to develop their English and Maths. Typically:
- Level 2 apprentices require English and Maths at Level 1. Apprentices must then be supported to work towards Level 2. They must attempt the qualifications, although they do not have to pass
- Level 3 apprenticeships require English and Maths at Level 2
ESFA have issued a document which provides details of qualifications currently accepted as evidence of the apprentice having met the minimum English and maths requirements for apprenticeship standards at level 2 and above, click here for details. Please note this applies to apprenticeship standards only and will apply to all those starting their apprenticeship standard on or after 1 August 2018, or to those who are currently on their apprenticeship standard who have not yet completed their apprenticeship programme.
For more information on the qualifications Skillsfirst has developed to support the new apprenticeship standards please follow the links on the right hand side of this page.