I am delighted to report that the revision of the apprenticeship standard is now complete.
The Secretary of State for Education requested the review back in February 2020 and we have been updating on developments through a series of blogs.
The knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) apprentices must learn as part of the apprenticeship standard and end-point assessment have been brought right up to date and the apprenticeship continues to align to Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI) professional recognition.
Delivery of the apprenticeship has been made more flexible with the removal of the Masters qualification as a mandated part of the apprenticeship- although an employer would still be free to use such a qualification to deliver the apprenticeship, so long as it aligns to the KSBs. Apart from registration and certification costs, these would still be fundable under the levy up to the funding band limit.
The funding band was reviewed as a result of these changes. The minister for apprenticeships and skills has now agreed a final funding band of £14,000, compared to £18,000 for the current version of the apprenticeship. The new version of the apprenticeship is fully approved for delivery and will be available for new starts in place of the current version from 29 March 2021.
I would like to thank all the employers and other organisations involved for their fantastic and valuable work that has got us to this point. We are confident that this impressive training programme will serve the employers, apprentices and the wider economy well for years to come.