The Process

Apprenticeships are a way to develop a future-proof, responsive and flexible workforce. The apprenticeship landscape in England is changing following the Richard Review of Apprenticeships as we move from ‘frameworks’ to ‘standards.’ In the health sector, employers use a wide range of apprenticeships to train staff in clinical and non-clinical roles.

Employer-led steering groups (often referred to as ‘Trailblazers’) develop apprenticeship standards in line with guidance provided by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA). The Institute put all proposals they receive out to a short two-week public consultation and their panels approve or reject the development at each of the following stages:

  • Submitting a Proposal (previously known as Expression of Interest)
  • Developing a Standard
  • Developing an Assessment Plan for end-point assessment

Skills for Health has developed a power point explaining the interim IfA new guidance to help employers involved in trailblazers, download available here.

Apprenticeship standards and assessment plans must include specific elements as follows: