City & Guilds tees off new style apprenticeships

City & Guilds tees off new style apprenticeships

14 July 2015

From today City & Guilds, one the UK’s top skills organisations, has been approved to deliver two independent end assessment service apprenticeships, after receiving the seal of approval from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

The first two apprenticeships, Property Maintenance Operative and Golf Greenkeeper, mark the start of a wave of new style employer-led apprenticeships which will help future generations to develop, demonstrate and be recognised for mastery in their role. Importantly they will also help to further professionalise these valuable earn-whilst-you-learn study programmes benefiting both employers and learners.

City & Guilds’ approach to independent end assessment design and delivery, developed in close collaboration with leading employers from the sector, has successfully met the demanding criteria set by the Government to gain a place on the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations. The two approved today are some of the first in England to go live with full end assessment design in place and will operate as trailblazers, with many others coming into place over the coming years, with a total switch for all occupations by 2018.

Kirstie Donnelly, Managing Director of City & Guilds UK said; “City & Guilds has been at the forefront of developing and delivering apprenticeships in the UK for almost 140 years and we are delighted that we continue to be part of the evolution of these vitally important routes to work.”

“We have been working closely with employers in over 135 occupations as part of government-led trailblazer schemes to ensure that apprenticeships meet the demands of the modern workplace. Independent assessment at the end of an apprenticeship marks an important step in these changes as they will help to further raise standards and act as a mark of quality that will benefit both learners and employers.”

City & Guilds addition to the SFA’s new Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations is an important move forward in allowing employers and training organisations to select approved bodies that are able to deliver independent end-point assessments, so that they can meet the new apprenticeship quality benchmarks.

City & Guilds are continuing to develop end assessment services in many other industries working closely with the governance arrangements established by each sector. The first end-point assessments for Property Maintenance Operative and Golf Greenkeeper will take place in summer 2016.



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