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Skillsfirst Apprenticeships

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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:


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 . 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:




Apprenticeship Funding


Business & Administration

Children & Young People's Workforce

Contact Centre

Customer Service


Health and Health & Social Care


Hospitality & Catering




Sales & Telesales

Social Media & Digital Marketing

Teaching & Learning

Team Leading

Warehousing & Storage