Apprenticeships in the UK are currently undergoing government reforms. These reforms will have a significant impact on the way apprenticeships are funded and delivered.
Over a period of time, apprenticeship standards will replace SASE frameworks. These standards are being developed by employer groups (trailblazers) and are based around job roles. You can find a list of all of the occupations that are currently available here.
Skillsfirst remain firmly committed to apprenticeships and are working closely with an increasing number of employers to embed quality, highly valued apprenticeships within their organisations.
Although qualifications are no longer mandated in many apprenticeship standards, the majority of our provider and employer partners tell us they still want to give their apprentices the opportunity to achieve a qualification. To support this, we are in the process of reviewing and revising (where required) our qualifications to ensure they reflect the knowledge and competency outlined in the new standards.
You can read more about our End-Point Assessment (EPA) offer here.
For more information on Apprenticeship Standards and Apprenticeship Framework funding bands click here.
Skillsfirst will continue to offer the existing SASE frameworks for as long as our customers require them. Our offer includes:
- Real efficiencies in cost and delivery of Apprenticeship programmes
- Dedicated customer service and technical support contacts
- Competitively priced qualifications
- Simple administration and exams office support
- Excellent Functional Skills solution
Skillsfirst apprenticeship certificates acceptable evidence for learner achievement
We have worked closely with the Federation for Industry Sector Skills & Standards (FISSS) to produce guidance and examples of both acceptable and unacceptable evidence of learner achievement.
The Acceptable Evidence section provides examples of ACCEPTABLE evidence and highlights the key data requirements which make a robust confirmation of learner achievement. Each example has a key so you can clearly see what you need to look for in your evidence.
These are the key pieces of data that individual Certification Bodies will look for when checking an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate claim.
This tool is particularly useful if you have submitted result claims to Skillsfirst very close to your completion claim deadline, but have not yet received the learners’ certificate(s).
Please follow this link to the FISSS website https://acecerts.co.uk/web/organisations/skillsfirst . Once the FISSS website has opened, select the ‘s’ and Skillsfirst will appear in a drop down menu, you will then see a screen which confirms what evidence will be accepted.
Skillsfirst Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) workbook
Learners who successfully completed the workbook can claim unit BUS39 within any of the qualifications in which it appears, contributing to the total credit value of the qualification:
- Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration (QCF) (BUSD2)
- Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration (QCF) (BUSD3)
- Level 2 Diploma in Customer Service (QCF) (CUSD2)
- Level 3 Diploma in Customer Service (QCF) (CUSD3)
- Level 2 Diploma in Team Leading (QCF) (TLD2)
- Level 3 Diploma in Management (QCF) (MAND3)
The workbook has also been designed to meet the ERR requirements for the following Frameworks: