Going forward, apprenticeships must be a minimum duration of 12 months, without exception, and have a stronger focus on English and maths skills. Therefore, those learners starting on a Level 2 Apprenticeship must acquire at least Level 1 in English and maths, and those starting Level 3 must have at least Level 2 in English and maths.
Frameworks are being replaced by new industry-led standards. These standards are currently being led by groups of employers known as Trailblazers. The first round of Trailblazers included those in Aerospace and Automotive, with EEF sitting on the Automotive Trailblazer to voice the views of SMEs. The Trailblazers are now in the third round and cover a wide range of areas including accountancy, aviation, law and property services. (http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/standards). Employers are being invited to be part of the Trailblazers and can do so by contacting Apprenticeship.Trailblazers@bis.gsi.gov.uk
There are also significant changes to the way in which Apprenticeships are funded. Currently funding is routed through the provider who then delivers the training to the employer. Government has now committed to giving employers control of the funding to give them greater purchasing power to obtain the relevant quality provision they need. The government has recently consulted on how best it can route funding through the employer. The two models currently being proposed are an Apprenticeship Credit Model and a PAYE Model. The Credit Model will be an online bank account whereby employers would pay into an online account which would then be topped up by government, which the employer can then use for training. The PAYE model would see employers deduct the amount of funding they are eligible for through their PAYE return. Government continues to consult with business on the models, however we expect that an announcement on the model will be made at the forthcoming Autumn Statement on 3 December.
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