Frameworks? Standards? What are they?
Frameworks and standards are the definitions of the learning requirements which need to be met in order for the apprenticeship to be completed.
Apprenticeship frameworks cover all the requirements from an apprenticeship programme in England. A framework consists of a competence element (usually an NVQ / Diploma), a technical certificate and Functional Skills. Apprenticeship standards are written documents describing the skills, behaviours and knowledge required by each individual apprentice in their chosen apprenticeship role.
Apprenticeship frameworks are being gradually replaced by Apprenticeship standards to ensure that the apprenticeships are unique and employer-led.
Over the last 3 years, multiple groups of employers from a range of different industries have been working together to develop a new set of apprenticeship standards specific to job roles within their industry. This group of employers is also known as ‘A Trailblazer’. The standards they create will either replace existing apprenticeship frameworks or will be completely new.
How are Trailblazer groups created?
Employers put in an expression of interest of developing a particular standard for a specific job role to the government’s Business Innovation and Skills Department (BIS) through a submission cycle.
Successful businesses will need to meet Future of Apprenticeships in England – Guidance for Trailblazers.
Why are employers writing the standards?
The sector skills council have asked Trailblazer groups (groups of employers) to develop the new standards to ensure that they really are, employer-led. The standards are designed and modified to meet each of the employer/business needs, the needs of the industry and the economy more widely. They are trying to focus on key occupational skills.
The new standards are now replacing the apprentice frameworks and employers will need to understand the changes and the new opportunities that they offer. If you would like more information about the standards that are relevant to your organisation then please contact us.