Apprenticeships - an update from
Dr Alison Felce
Contribution from Dr Alison Felce, University of Wolverhampton
The world of apprenticeships is changing and changing rapidly. Employer groups now lead the design and development of Apprenticeship Standards which are directly linked to specific job roles. A brief two-page statement of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for a job are established and used to inform the Assessment Plan which details the training required for each role along with the End Point Assessment that assesses the apprentice’s competence in the role. Apprenticeship Standards will gradually replace the Apprenticeship Frameworks with which employers, training providers and apprentices will be more familiar.
Higher Level Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships have been added to the existing Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships to provide a wide portfolio of vocational/academic learning that now includes bachelors and masters degrees.
An Apprenticeship Levy, based on an organisation’s payroll, will be introduced in April 2017, the levy can be used to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment. Administration of the levy will be through a new Digital Apprenticeship Service and the Institute for Apprenticeships has been set up to oversee their on-going development.
Higher Education Providers are now able to offer Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeships alongside Further Education Providers and Private Training Providers. There are many opportunities and challenges in this new apprenticeship landscape. Early adopters are working with government, funding agencies, quality assurance agencies and others to ensure success.