Approving the development of new Apprenticeship Standards July 2016

Closed 14 Aug 2016

Opened 1 Aug 2016

Feedback updated 26 Sep 2016

We asked

We asked for your views on proposals from employer groups to develop new Apprenticeship Standards, to help ensure that any new Standards taken forward for development are viable, high quality, and widely supported. In particular we wanted to know whether the proposed Apprenticeships were in recognised occupations requiring at least 12 months of training, and whether the Standard would duplicate any others already in existence.

You said

We received a wide range of responses across all bids, including from, employers, universities, Trade Association, Federation, Royal Marines, Royal Navy, Theatres and schools. All comments were considered as part of the overall review of proposals carried out by the department.

We did

We approved the following Apprenticeship proposals for development:

  • Digital User Experience Professional
  • Express Delivery Manager
  • Financial Services Professional
  • Senior Leader
  • Science Industry Process/Plant Engineer
  • Motor Finance Specialist
  • Power Networks Engineer
  • Puppet Maker
  • Stone Mason

A summary of comments received was included in the feedback to each proposal. The Department will now support the successful employer groups to develop their 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 proposals to develop new Apprenticeship Standards submitted this month by employer groups, before a decision is made on whether to approve them for further development.

How you can help

This short survey will take no more than ten minutes to complete. Your feedback will help ensure that any Standards taken forward for development  meet the training needs of relevant occupations, and that new apprenticeships are viable, high quality, and widely supported. In particular we are keen to avoid duplicating Standards that have already been published or are already in development.

The survey seeks your views on:

  • Whether you support the development of the proposed Apprenticeship Standards;
  • Whether you think the proposed Apprenticeship Standards would typically take at least 12 months of training to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for that occupation (required as part of our criteria);
  • Whether these Standards are similar to, or duplicate, existing Standards.

Please find a list of the bids submitted this month below:

  • Bookbinding (2 standards)
  1. Bookbinder
  2. Journeyman bookbinder
  • Creative Industries (3 Standards)
  1. Media Planning and Buying Level 3
  2. Media Planning and Buying Level 4
  3. Degree Apprenticeship in Media Planning and Buying
  • Digital Contact Centre Operator
  • Digital User Experience (UX) Professional
  • Executive Education Leadership
  • Express Delivery Management
  • Financial Services (2 standards)
  1. Financial Services Professional (Degree)
  2. Financial Services Senior Professional – (Masters Degree)
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Senior Leader
  • Science Industry Process/Plant Engineer
  • Motor Finance Specialist
  • Power Networks Engineer
  • Programming Assistant (Theatre, Live Events or Venue)
  • Puppeteer
  • Head Barista
  • Stonemasonry
  • Textile Operations Supervisor


A copy of the proposal 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 proposal you will be prompted to do so once you have finished responding to the first. If you are interested in finding out more information about who is involved in the development of any proposal, including any professional body involvement, the contact details for the named employer group, if nominated, can be found in the proposal itself. Alternatively you can contact us using the details provided above.



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.

A new survey will be open for two weeks from the last Friday of every month, inviting feedback on all draft Standards submitted that month.


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