Apprenticeship programmes equip young adults with the skills and tools they need for a successful career and are a genuine alternative to going to university. For employers, apprenticeships provide a highly efficient and effective means of developing the skills of their workforce.Existing apprenticeship frameworks that govern the standards of the courses undertaken by apprentices, are slowly being phased out in a bid to improve what apprentices learn. The new apprentice frameworks will be known as New Apprenticeship Standards.
What are New Apprenticeship Standards?
Last year the government announced their vision to improve the quality of apprenticeships in England ensuring they met employers’ requirements for skills and set a target of 3 million apprenticeship starts by 2020. The aim is to ensure that employers take responsibility in creating opportunities for our future generation and in addition to addressing the skills shortage.
New Apprenticeship Standards mean that employers are now at the forefront of the development of apprenticeships and learning, aiming to produce people with workplace skills that are relevant to business and industry.
This is the result of a government reform of apprenticeships outlined in the implementation plan which is the government’s response to the Richard Review. This review highlighted key areas in which the apprenticeship framework could be improved.
From these areas of improvement some key aims were defined, these are outlined by the GOV.co.uk as:
- Put employers in the driving seat. Apprenticeships will be based on standards designed by employers, making them more relevant and therefore more attractive to existing and new employers. New Apprenticeship Standards for apprenticeships will give more power to employers than they may have within the existing apprenticeships’ framework.
- Increase the quality of apprenticeships. An apprentice will need to demonstrate their competence through rigorous and holistic assessment. This will focus on the end of the apprenticeship to ensure that the apprentice is ready to progress.
- Simplify the system. The new employer-designed New apprenticeship standards will be short and easy to understand, unlike the existing apprenticeship frameworks. They will describe the knowledge, skills and behavior that the individual needs to be fully competent in an occupation.
In the time following the establishment of these aims, the idea of a whole new take on apprenticeship frameworks was envisioned, and from this vision, the New Apprenticeship Standards were created.
The digital sector have created 17 standards in total and so far 11 of them have been approved and released. There are currently over 800,000 apprentices in England, with less than 1.5% enrolled on New Apprenticeship Standards. One of the main differences between the current apprenticeship frameworks and New Apprenticeship Standards is that the new standards need to be assessed by an external assessment organisation. Apprentices on a digital standard will need to submit a portfolio of work-based projects for assessment, take part in an interview and also complete a 3-5 day technical project in order to achieve their apprenticeship.
The projects that are required to assess apprentices and enable them to complete and achieve their apprenticeship are currently under development, and will not be ready until spring 2017. Moving to New Apprenticeship Standards too early could potentially risk an apprentice’s education, training and personal development and Baltic have thus made the decision to work initially with a select group of our partner employers on a pilot programme.
We are delighted to be delivering the new New Apprenticeship Standards but first and foremost we are fully-committed to customer service excellence and ensuring all of our partners and apprentices have the very best experience of working with us, with minimum disruptions and changes.
Baltic can confirm that our current curriculum and apprenticeship programmes go above and beyond the learning objectives within the new New Apprenticeship Standards. This means apprentices enrolled on a Baltic programme will develop all the knowledge, skills and behaviors that are set out in the new standards.
The standards that have been released so far are as follows:
- Cyber Intrusion Analyst
- Cyber Security Technologist
- Data Analyst
- Digital Marketer
- Infrastructure Technician
- IT Technical Salesperson
- Network Engineer
- Software Developer
- Software Development Technician
- Software Tester
- Unified Communications Trouble-shooter
- Unified Communications Technician
New Apprenticeship Standards
There is a significant demand expected for apprentices under the new New Apprenticeship Standards. These standards will replace the existing ones over the next few years.
“Giving leading firms from British Gas to video games manufacturer Ubisoft the power to design and deliver high quality apprenticeships, means we can ensure more young people have the skills our economy vitally needs.” – Skills Minister Nick Boles
More information can be found on the Tech Partnership Website.
Download the standards below:
- Cyber Intrusion Analysts
- Cyber Security Technologists
- Data Analysts
- Digital Marketers
- Infrastructure Technicians
- Network Engineers
- Software Developers
- Software Testers
- Unified Communications Trouble-shooters
Remember, as an employer, you can use an apprenticeship programme for upskilling employees, as well as for appointing new people to your workplace.
For more information on New Apprenticeship Standards, the existing apprenticeship frameworks and how these changes will affect you and your business in recruiting an apprentice, get in touch today!