In December 2015 the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills published their 2020 vision for English apprenticeships. This set out their plans for raising the quality of apprenticeships and achieving 3 million apprenticeship starts by 2020. They confirmed that the new employer-led apprenticeship standards will eventually replace the current apprenticeship frameworks. It is expected that over time the volumes of starts will significantly increase on apprenticeship standards and decrease on apprenticeship frameworks. The main shift to apprenticeship standards will be completed by 2017-2018.
The Skills Funding Agency has confirmed the first in a batch of apprenticeship frameworks that are to be removed in line with the apprenticeship reforms. The following apprenticeship frameworks did not have any starts in either the 2014-2015 or 2015-2016 start year (to date):
- Building products industry occupations
- Cabin Crew
- Energy Assessment and advice
- Providing mortgage advice
- Witness care
These apprenticeship frameworks will be closed to new starts from 1 June 2016. Learners still completing their apprenticeship on these frameworks will continue to do so, on their agreed funding arrangements, and their apprenticeship completion certificate can be claimed as normal. More details regarding the removal of these frameworks is available here.
A list of apprenticeship standards that are still currently available can be found on the apprenticeship changes page.