The Skills Funding Agency have confirmed the assessment strategy for the new ‘Apprenticeship Standards’. These new standards will replace the QCF model currently in place and are expected to be implemented from April 2017. There are several fundamental changes that will impact on you as an employer and your staff as they commence the new apprenticeship programme.

The Employer – the new guidelines in place for the Apprenticeship Standards state that employers will be expected to make a financial contribution towards each apprenticeship. This is proposed to be one third of the overall cost, a minimum of £1000. However, there are incentives for employers with less than 50 employees.

The staff member- The new apprenticeship standard has six main parts to it. The apprentice will be expected to:
Complete a portfolio of evidence (Similar to the traditional method)
Complete Functional Skill in both Maths and English
Complete the Care Certificate
Complete a Self Assessment Exercise – such as a reflective journal
Complete a 60 questions test at the end of the programme where they must achieve 40+ correct answers
Complete an end assessment with an independent assessor which will involve an professional discussion lasting approximately 40 minutes.

As these changes are planned to be implemented from April 2017, all staff enrolled onto a Level 2 or 3 qualification after this date will be on this new programme.

With this in mind, we are encouraging all employers we work with to consider enrolling staff who are expressing an interest in apprenticeships, to do so before this date.

Please call us for more information or see Page 8 of the Government guidance:
The Story So Far – Apprenticeship Reforms