There are some changes to apprenticeship that are being planned for 2016. This will see quite a seismic shift in the way that apprenticeships are formed and delivered.
At the moment apprenticeships are made up of ‘frameworks’. These set out what apprentices need to achieve – normally a main portfolio based qualification, possibly a technical certificate (a knowledge qualification) and functional skills where necessary. Once these elements have been completed, the learner will then complete their apprenticeship.
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Following a number of reviews of apprenticeship and general Further Education delivery, changes are being implemented that will better reflect the skills that learners will need to succeed in their chosen industries. Employer groups have been formed and they have developed new ‘Apprenticeship Standards‘. These set out the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed by apprentices. The key change is that many of the standards do not require a set qualification. The requirement instead is to train the apprentice so that they can work towards a final assessment which once completed will see them complete their apprenticeship.
Many of the standards are still being developed and these should start being released in the new year. Some standards have been released but the assessment plans have not been released. We will keep you updated with standards once we have been notified of their release.
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Another key change to the new apprenticeships is the change to the funding structure. Currently, colleges and training providers are funded to deliver apprenticeships. The plan with the changes is that employers will have to contribute to the cost of delivery but will receive some incentive payments in return. It is also up to the the training provider to agree a price for the cost of apprenticeship delivery. There will though be a cap on the maximum amount that can be charged for specific apprenticeship standards. Again, once we have more information about the planned funding structure we will make this available on our news page.