New Apprenticeship Standards will replace the old SASE Frameworks. The Standards will:
- Define an apprenticeship that lasts a minimum of 12 months
- Be linked to a specific occupational level
- Respond to employers’ needs, ensuring that apprenticeships are high quality and rigorous and develop the knowledge, skills and behaviour required for a specific job role
- Be designed to prepare the apprentice for the (newly introduced) end-point assessment
Standards are created by groups of employers – known as ‘Trailblazers’.
Read more about the new Apprenticeship Standards
Components of the new Standards
Standards will contain the following elements:
On-programme training and learning
On-the-job and off-the-job training and learning need to develop the apprentice’s knowledge, skills and behaviours.
The key aspects include:
- No mandatory requirement for qualifications (unless they’re a requirement such as a Licence to Practice (LTP), or are written into the Standard by the Trailblazer group)
- All apprentices will be required to develop their Maths and English skills
- Apprenticeships will cover behaviours, as well as knowledge and skills
Gateway to end-point assessment
Towards the end of the apprenticeship, employers and providers will ‘sign-off’ the apprentice as being ready for end-point assessment.
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End-point assessment is being introduced as the main assessment method for all Trailblazer Apprenticeships. It replaces the SASE model of continuous assessment and qualifications.
This new model separates training delivery and assessment. It allows employers and providers to focus on training and learning and helps the apprentice gain the maximum possible experience before they are assessed.
- Assessment methods – The assessment plan will outline the assessment methods to be used by independent assessment organisations for the end-point assessment
- Grading – End-point assessment will be graded. It will determine that the apprentice demonstrates the level of knowledge, skills and behaviours required in the Standard
- Delivery – End-point assessment will be delivered by an Independent End Assessor, from an assessment organisation which is on the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations (RoAAO)
Read more about end-point assessment
There is currently an interim funding model in place for Trailblazer apprenticeships. Funding for SASE Frameworks remains unchanged.
The long-term plan
Funding reforms are still under consultation. We know that the Government’s long-term plan involves different funding methodology depending on the size of the employer:
- Employers with a paybill in excess of £3million will pay an apprenticeship levy from April 2017 (levy-paying employers)
- Micro-businesses and SMEs (non-levy-paying employers) will continue to be funded through provider allocations for the next few years. For Trailblazer apprenticeships, this will be done using the interim funding model.
From 2017, providers will no longer receive direct allocations to fund apprenticeships for levy-paying employers. Instead, employers will have control over how money is spent, via a digital system, and providers will draw funds via their monthly ILR return.
The Government’s intention is that from 2020, non-levy-paying employers will receive funding directly in the same way as the levy-paying employers. However, these timescales are subject to change.
Read more about apprenticeship funding, including details on the interim funding model and the levy.