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 new employer-defined Apprenticeship standards.
The first Apprenticeship Standards were introduced in England in 2014. 25% of all new Apprenticeship starts were on Standards by 2017/2018, and the government has committed to ensuring all new apprenticeship starts on are standards in time for August 2020. This means all frameworks in England will be discontinued by the start of the 20202/21 academic year.
The Federation currently delivers Certification for Frameworks in England through the ACE system, and will continue to do so until the final certificate is issued
Our ACE360 Apprenticeship Management system was launched in 2018 to support the mandatory End Point Assessment (EPA) process on the new Standards, based on our industry experience with ACE.
The situation in Scotland and Wales remains the same, as education and skills are devolved policy areas, so they are not currently transferring to the new style Apprenticeship standards.
Frameworks in Scotland and Wales
In Scotland and Wales, Apprenticeships will still be delivered through Frameworks.
Modern Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of sectors in Scotland, and the Federation currently manage the MA Online Certification system in Scotland.
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.