Future Apprenticeship aims to direct you to the most relevant apprenticeship sites and departments to find out about more on apprenticeships and the emerging developments.
The Department for Education (DfE) works with the The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) and The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to provide guidance and information on apprenticeships including:
- apprenticeship guidance – information on new apprenticeships in England, from bidding to preparing for the standard to be used;
- the levy – latest guidance for employers, including recent proposals for apprenticeship funding
- apprentice assessment organisations – list of organisations suitable for conducting the end point assessment as well as information for potential applicants;
- traineeships – the latest information about traineeships and how they are delivered from August 2015.
The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) brings together the existing responsibilities of the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Skills Funding Agency (SFA), creating a single funding agency accountable for funding education and training for children, young people and adults.
The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) is responsible for ensuring high-quality apprenticeship standards and advising government on funding for each standard.
- Apprenticeship standards – The standards show what an apprentice will be doing and the skills required of them, by job role. Standards are developed by employer groups known as ‘trailblazers’.
Innovation and development
A series of masterclasses are being run to inspire providers and employers to think about how they can improve the quality of their delivery in the move from apprenticeships frameworks to apprenticeship standards. Presentations from this event can be found through this link, please note the username is delegate, password is masterclass.
Equality and Diversity Task and Finish Group report – A small-scale research report identifying effective equality and diversity practice in apprenticeship delivery and support methods for apprentices with a disability or learning difficulties.
Useful background reading
The Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning (CAVTL) provided recommendations for excellence in vocational teaching and learning when it was originally published in March 2013. The Foundation has taken forward the legacy of CAVTL and its key recommendations.The Development and Innovation in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) exhibition site brings together examples of innovative practice in the design and delivery of TVET using the experience and insights of over 40 employer-provider partnerships.
Report of the Independent Panel on Technical Education. The panel was chaired by Lord Sainsbury and the report advises ministers on actions to improve the quality of technical education in England.
Post-16 skills plan which sets out the government’s plan to support young people and adults to secure skilled employment and meet the needs of the economy.
The Richard Review written by Doug Richard in 2012 called on government to improve the quality of apprenticeships and make them more focused on the needs of employers.
House of Commons Briefing Paper (2015) written by Jeanne Delebarre giving an overview of the current apprenticeship system, policy developments and a link to useful sources.