Guidance for Trailblazers
Version 2 – March 2014
• Increase the quality of Apprenticeships.
An apprentice will need to demonstrate their competence through rigorous and synoptic assessment. This will focus on the end of the Apprenticeship to ensure that the apprentice is ready to progress.
• Put employers in the driving seat.
In future, Apprenticeships will be based on standards designed by employers.
• Simplify the system.
The new employer-designed standards will be short and easy to understand. They will describe the skills and knowledge that an individual needs to be fully competent in an occupation.
• Give employers purchasing power.
Another key element of the reform programme is the routing of government funding for the external training of apprentices via their employers, to empower business to drive up the quality and relevance of such training. More information will be available in the Funding Reform Technical Consultation, which will be published shortly.