New Apprenticeship Standards are being developed in England which will, ultimately, replace the current frameworks. An independent review of Apprenticeships by Doug Richard in 2012 sought to develop a world class Apprenticeship system in England, offering young people a real alternative to University, and employers a ‘job ready’ pipeline of workers. The final report resulted in a series of recommendations designed to make Apprenticeships more rigorous and more responsive; notably putting you, the employers, in control.
A series of groups, known as ‘Trailblazers,’ have been set up to develop the new standards. Trailblazers also develop the Assessment Plans.
Employers lead the activity, consulting with their sector as required before submitting the final products to Department for Education. A panel at Department for Education reviews and/or approves the submission before allowing the group to proceed to the next phase. Some trailblazers choose to develop additional resources and employer briefs for use during implementation.
Skills for Justice can facilitate these in partnership with sector employers. We can help employers navigate their way through the development of Apprenticeship Standards and Assessment Plans, reducing the burden on the employers and ensuring momentum and enthusiasm is maintained.
View the full list of Trailblazers (from all sectors) here.
Guidance for the process is supplied by the Department for Education who are shaping the Government Policy on Apprenticeships as the Trailblazers progress.