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Update on senior leader review (7 May 2020)

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The Trailblazer has analysed the responses from the consultation and have attended a workshop to consider what revisions are appropriate to make to the draft occupational standard. With support from the Institute, they are now revising the occupational standard with a view to finalising a draft for submission into the Institute’s next approvals cycle.


The currently envisaged timeline for the revision of the standard and related end-point assessment plan is as follows:

  Action Date Status
1 IFATE/Trailblazer evidence gathering from training providers and employers delivering the standard 16-27 March Completed
2 Remote Intensive workshop with the trailblazer to develop a first draft of a policy compliant revised occupational standard 18 March Completed
3 Finalise redrafting of the occupational standard 23 March - 3 April Completed
4 Trailblazer consultation on revised occupational standard 8-29 April Completed
5 Trailblazer to analyse consultation responses with Institute support 30 April – 4 May Completed
6 Consult IFATE Peer Reviewer and Worldskills on the draft occupational standard 11-15 May  
7 Remote intensive workshop to review the consultation feedback and revise the occupational standard 5 May Completed
8 Finalise occupational standard 6-19 May
9 Final checks of standard and submission 19-20 May
10 Remote intensive workshop to revise the End-Point Assessment plan so that it is policy compliant and aligns with the revised standard 1-5 June
11 Trailblazer to request costings from training providers and an end-point assessment organisation to inform IFATE’s funding band recommendation 10 June  
12 Outcome of occupational standard approval process 6 – 10 July  
13 Finalise EPA plan and revisit standard to check for any knock-on effects on KSBs to enable grading descriptors 6-17 July  
14 Draft EPA reviewed by Education Advisor 20-24 July  
15 Finalisation of EPA plan and costings 27 July – 23 August  
16 Final checks of EPA plan and costings 26 August – 16 September  
17 Outcome of EPA plan approval process 2 – 6 October  
18 Addressing of any EPA plan conditions and ministerial approval of funding band October - November  
19 Apprenticeship standard approved for delivery November - December*  

*Consideration will need to be given as to whether a notice period needs to be given between its approval and final implementation.



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  1. Comment by Iona Thomson posted on

    Will the revised standard be available to view on the 20 May 2020 and if yes, can can you advise where this can be found?

    The link on the Institute's page is no longer available:

    • Replies to Iona Thomson>

      Comment by Sally Timmins posted on

      The revised standard will be going through the submission process next week and part of the process will be a public consultation. Links to the consultation will be in the blog next week

  2. Comment by Iona Thomson posted on

    Dear Sally,

    Thank you for the update on the process.

    May we check our understanding - we thought the consultation process had closed on the 29 April 2020?

    The Institute's Consultation section of the website has been updated today advising it has closed. Is there an additional public consultation next week?

    Please advise, many thanks in advance.

    • Replies to Iona Thomson>

      Comment by Sally Timmins posted on

      The public consultation undertaken on behalf of the TB group closed on 29 April. When a standard is submitted the Institute also opens a public consultation on the standard as part of the submission process so this will be opened once the Senior Leader standard is submitted next week.


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