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 www.apprenticeships.org.uk/standards. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The FISSS Resources
Employer-defined Apprenticeship standards: A guide for employers and facilitators – a general guide and toolkit to support the first phase of development work, creating a new Apprenticeship standard and high-level assessment approach.
Apprenticeship standards: A guide for facilitators and employer groups – a general guide and toolkit
Five lessons from the Trailblazers – key lessons based on the experiences of the Trailblazers plus four short case studies that illustrate how Trailblazer employers undertook their initial organisation and development work.
Improving Apprenticeship standards through consultation – a guide and toolkit to support lead employer groups as they plan their consultation strategy to measure sector support for a new Apprenticeship standard.
Assessment and Apprenticeship standards – resources to help employers determine how assessment of the Apprenticeship standard is best carried out in their industry.
Training programmes and Apprenticeship standards –Two resources to support employer groups and wider employers with the training programme that apprentices will need to follow to achieve an Apprenticeship standard.
Implementing governance in the reformed Apprenticeships system – a resource to support employer groups as they establish the processes that will build and maintain the quality and currency of an Apprenticeship standard.