Apprenticeship Standard Resources

Resources to support the development of Apprenticeship Standards

In October 2013, in response to the Richard Review of Apprenticeships (2012), the government set out its plans to reform Apprenticeships in England by replacing the existing Apprenticeship frameworks with employer-defined standards, putting employers in control and giving them a high degree of freedom to develop these standards to best meet the needs of their occupations and sectors. To support this reform, they established Trailblazers – groups led by employers and professional bodies – to develop the first of these new Apprenticeship standards.

The Government want to introduce new standards for all occupations by 2017. A number of new Apprenticeship standards have already been government approved with the number growing all the time. You can see what these look like here For these approved standards, Trailblazers are now working on the assessment details and other  implementation requirements.

If you want to get involved with the development of Apprenticeship standards for your sector or need help with your current development work, speak to your Industry Contacts.

Utilising the experience of the early Trailblazers, the Federation are developing a series of practical tools and guides for employers and employer-led partnerships to support the development of a new Apprenticeship standard and the detail of the implementation requirements which go with it – assessment, training and governance.

We are adding new resources all the time. If there is something missing or you have a question, please let us know at

While we try to ensure that the resources reflect current government guidance, we recommend that they are always used in conjunction with the latest BIS Guidance for Trailblazers.