In 2016, the government made strides to replace the old apprenticeship frameworks with new trailblazer standards. For the first time, groups of employers had the opportunity to design what apprenticeships should look like for each of their sectors – consulting on everything from an employee’s training and development, to their assessment and qualification.
A trailblazer apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme. Where possible, they are designed to align with a professional qualification. Under the new trailblazer standards, apprentices will develop the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills they need to be able to do their job both now and in the future. This is gained through a combination of on and off-the-job training.
To support the launch of the new trailblazer standards, a number of reforms have been put in place:
There are various levels of apprenticeship available, which all have educational equivalents:
|Intermediate (Level 2)||Equivalent to 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C|
|Advanced (Level 3)||Equivalent to 2 A level passes|
|Higher (Level 4 +)
||Equivalent to foundation degree and above|
|Degree (6 and 7)||Equivalent to a bachelor’s or master’s degree|
Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England and not already in full-time education. Trailblazer standards may have their own entry requirements and can be used to train both new and existing employees.