Apprenticeship Reforms

Apprenticeship reforms have taken place and the way apprenticeships are funded, delivered and assessed has changed.  Employers have been placed in the driving seat to ensure apprenticeships are created by employers, for employers.

This has helped to drive up quality and ensure employer’s needs are met in addressing skills gaps and maximising potential for their business.

From May 1st 2017, the Apprenticeship Reforms were implemented and can be grouped under 3 key changes …

How Apprenticeships are funded

All apprenticeship standards have been assigned to a funding band.  This is now a more streamlined, simplified system to enable employers to select the correct apprenticeship standard and understand the costs associated with either funding from their apprenticeship levy or how much they may need to contribute.

Read more about Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Frameworks to Apprenticeship Standards

Apprenticeship Standards have been developed by Employers through Trailblazer Groups (groups of Employers) which outline the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours an apprentice must be able to evidence prior to being deemed as competent in a particular job role.

Apprenticeship Standards allow for more flexibility, are clear and concise and replace Apprenticeship Frameworks.
Read more about the Apprenticeship Standards

Deeming Competence - End Point Assessment

All apprenticeship standards will have an end point assessment which will take place at the end of an apprenticeship.  The End Point Assessment Organisation will be led by an independent Assessment Organisation (who has no part in the delivery of the apprenticeship training therefore, ensuring impartiality)

See more details about End Point Assessment Organisations

What does this mean for you and your business?

The amount of your total UK payroll bill and the number of employees you have will determine how you’re affected by the reforms.

Click on the icon which best describes your business size to obtain a clear breakdown on what the reforms mean for you.

Less than 50 employees
< 50 employees
More than 50 employees
More than 50 employees
Over £3 Million
Over £3 Million

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