Apprenticeship Development – Transitional Arrangements

Thank you for providing details about your current programme of Apprenticeship framework development.

The plans for each sector have been considered alongside government’s stated aim that from 2017/18 all new Apprenticeship starts in England will be based on new standards.  The directions below are now issued on behalf of the Secretary of State under s13(3) of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009:

Directions for Apprenticeship Issuing Authorities on behalf of the Secretary of State

After 31 August 2014 an English Issuing Authority:

a. must not issue any new English Apprenticeship framework;

b. must not amend any English Apprenticeship framework to create a new pathway;

c. may amend an issued English Apprenticeship framework or pathway where there is a compelling reason to do so.

Work to develop Trailblazer standards is now underway with the publication of the first eleven standards in early March, along with the announcement of the next 29 Trailblazers.  I know many of you are part of one or more of the Trailblazers.

Officials will work with FISSS, UKCES and SFA to develop advice and guidance on the transition for their websites and to stop the issue of new frameworks on the Apprenticeship Frameworks Online (AFO) system after 31 August 2014.  This will also include communication to stakeholders including, training providers and FE colleges in England.  Guidance will be developed to help Issuing Authorities make decisions about what may constitute a compelling reason for an amendment.

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