We have blogged previously about the changes that are taking place with the delivery of apprenticeships. Don’t worry- nothing has changed yet but over the next year apprenticeships are due to change and we think for the better. The apprenticeship changes will benefit learners and will benefit employers across Yorkshire.
Planned Apprenticeship Changes
Apprenticeships are moving away from frameworks to standards and the plan is that most of the new delivery will be up and running by April 2017. At the moment apprenticeships are delivered through frameworks. These frameworks are made up of set requirements that involve specific qualifications. If we take the Advanced Apprenticeship in Social Media and Digital Marketing as an example, the we can see that apprentices need to complete the Level 3 Diploma in Social Media for Business, Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, Employee Rights and Responsibilities and where applicable, Functional Skills in Maths, English of ICT.
The new standards based apprenticeships have been designed and developed by employers who work within specific sectors. Learner now have to work to specific skills, knowledge and behaviours. Rather than follow a specific qualification, apprentices will have to work towards an end point assessment. Depending on the apprenticeship standard, the end point assessment could be portfolio based, assignment based, professional interview, a specific qualification or a mixture of all of the these. Employers and training providers such as us will need to work closely together to make sure that over the course of the apprenticeship the right knowledge and skills are being developed and that the apprentice is fully prepared for the end point assessment.
What do we think at Yorkshire Apprentice?
We think the apprenticeship standards are excellent. By working closely with employers in Yorkshire we are able to deliver great new programmes that do not have to follow the exact requirements that specific qualifications forced us to follow. Again, if we take social media and digital marketing apprenticeships as an example, the changes that take place within the industry are so rapid that the qualification requirements cannot always keep up with them. The new apprenticeship standards allow much more flexibility and as they have been designed by employers they also better meet then needs of employers in Yorkshire that work with apprenticeships. For those interested the new digital marketing apprenticeship standard has been recently published.
If you are an employer and would like more information about the changes to apprenticeships then please feel free to give us a call.