Approving the development of new Apprenticeship Standards April 2018

Closed 23 Apr 2018

Opened 13 Apr 2018


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.

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.

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

  1. Water Environment Worker
  2. Electro Mechanical Engineer
  3. Debt Adviser
  4. Historic Environment Adviser Assistant
  5. Drinks Dispense
  6. Archaeological Specialist
  7. Critical Care Practioner
  8. Professional Adviser Agriculture/Horticulture

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.


  • Teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Governors
  • School support staff
  • Early learning and childcare providers
  • Training providers
  • Local authorities
  • Adult education providers
  • Pupils
  • Young people
  • Parents
  • Foster carers
  • Adoptive parents
  • Employers
  • Community representatives
  • Volunteers
  • Social workers
  • All


  • Apprenticeships