Existing apprenticeship frameworks are slowly being phased in to improve apprenticeships as part of apprenticeship reforms. The current apprentice frameworks will be known as New Apprenticeship Standards. New Apprenticeship Standards mean that employers are now at the forefront of the development of apprenticeships and learning.
Some of the key differences include;
- Employers in the driving seat. Apprenticeships will be based on standards designed by employers, making them more relevant and attractive to existing and new employers.
- Increase the quality of apprenticeships. An apprentice will need to demonstrate their competence through an end-point assessment to ensure that the apprentice is ready to progress.
- The new employer-designed standards will be short and easy to understand, simplifying the system.