The apprenticeship system is being completely overhauled in England.
The system of ‘frameworks’ which has parts in common with all sectors of the economy is being transformed. It will be replaced by a system of ‘standards’ and these are being written from scratch by groups of employers who are known as Trailblazers. The new standards are two-page documents that set out the essential skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary to be competent in that role.
The apprentice has to be assessed at the end, and the result graded. This end-point assessment must be carried out by a registered organisation that is independent of the organisation/employer which trained the apprentice. Being a ‘registered organisation’ means being accepted onto the new government Register of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations.
Skills for Care have produced the following table that shows what training and testing is needed for the new apprenticeships in health and social care.