Approving Draft Apprenticeship Standards April 2018

Closed 23 Apr 2018

Opened 13 Apr 2018


Apprenticeships: Approving Draft Apprenticeship Standards


Apprenticeships are a key component of the growth agenda. The Government is keen that more high quality apprenticeships are created to meet the needs of employers and apprentices, and help drive up growth and productivity across the economy. This survey invites you to comment on new draft apprenticeship Standards submitted this month by our Trailblazer employer groups, before a decision is made on whether to approve them for further development and delivery.

How you can help

This short survey will take no more then ten minutes to complete. Your feedback will enhance the development of Standards submitted by our Trailblazers and help ensure that new apprenticeships are viable, high quality, and widely supported.

The survey seeks your views on:

  • Whether each draft Standard fully covers the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed for full competence in the relevant occupation;
  • Whether the length and skill level of each draft Standard is substantive enough for the relevant occupation.

For both occupation proposals and occupation standards, we have introduced new templates for Trailblazers to use and this means the drafts are in a different format than before.  The template for standards is designed to ensure that Trailblazers work through what knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) are required for full competence in each of the duties.  This means that the drafts include some repetition where a K, S or B relates to more than one duty.  We are currently working through how to best reflect/format this in final published standards for which readability is paramount. We have also piloted an EPA plan template on a small number of submissions during this cycle which we anticipate will lead to greater consistency in the information provided.

 The draft Standards submitted this month are:

  1. Aviation Ground Specialist
  2. Aviation ground Operative
  3. Leisure Team Leader
  4. Leather Craftsperson
  5. Post Production Technical Operator
  6. Advertising Media Executive
  7. Creative Digital Designer
  8. Fall Protection Technician
  9. First Officer Pilot
  10. Bookbinder
  11. Journeyman Bookbinder
  12. Engineering Fitter
  13. Journalist
  14. Serious and Complex Crime Investigator

A copy of the draft Standard will download when you select the one you want to comment on in question 4. If you would like to comment on more than one Standard you will be prompted to do so once you have finished responding to the first.

What Happens Next

Your feedback will be considered as part of the assessment process for new apprenticeship Standards and help inform the final approval decision. A list of which Standards have been approved will be available on once confirmed.


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