What are the new apprenticeship standards?
An apprenticeship standard contains a list of the skills, knowledge and behaviours an apprentice will need to have learned by the end of their apprenticeship.
Standards are occupation-focused; they are not qualification-led. The learning happens throughout the apprenticeship, with the apprentice assessed at the end. They need to prove that they can carry out all aspects of their job and that they have developed transferable skills too.
The government has been developing standards to raise the quality of apprenticeships by responding to the needs of employers, who know exactly what they want from their employees. They can best describe what skills, knowledge and behaviours an apprentice will need at the end of their apprenticeship.
These groups of employers are called ‘trailblazers’. These groups are made up of at least 10 employers. Trailblazers develop the standards for their relevant occupation, which means that the standards are related to what is needed in the workforce – they also know what skills an apprentice will need to be capable and qualified in that future role.
The New Apprenticeship journey
The introduction of these new standards means that training organisations do not make the final decision on an apprentice’s competences and strengths.
Training organisations, apprentices and employers are responsible for ensuring the apprentice’s EPA readiness and End Point Assessment Organisations are responsible for conducting independent assessments. The End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) decides on the apprentice’s competence through a series of independent assessment activities.
What do the new standards mean for Training Organisations, employers and apprentices?
End Point Assessments are designed to gain a comprehensive view of an apprentice’s skills, knowledge and behaviours. End Point Assessments must be conducted in a way that ensures no party or person involved in the management or training of the apprentice can make the sole decision on competence and the outcome of the EPA.
Training organisations and employers will need to work with the selected End Point Assessment organisation to make sure their delivery style and content matches what is expected of the Apprentice at the End Point Assessment.
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