In 2014 the Government conducted a review of apprenticeships with employers leading the way on the new design. As part of this review, there have been radical changes to the design of apprenticeships.

The new apprenticeship model consists of two components:

  • Standard: Each standard details the requirements for the successful achievement of the apprenticeship which generally includes Knowledge, Skills and Behavioural criteria. In addition to this criteria, the standard will contain other mandatory content which could include a relevant industry-based qualification, along with recognised maths and English qualifications (e.g. functional skills).
  • Assessment Plan: Every published standard will be accompanied by a more detailed assessment plan. This document details the requirement for the delivery, assessment and quality assurance of that standard.

To help bring these new Apprenticeships to life, the following provides an illustration of a typical learner journey:


For guidance on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) and the Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations (AAO), please contact your TQUK Account Manager.

Let’s look at each standard in a little more detail: 

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