Apprenticeship standards

Due to a major government reform of apprenticeships, the current system of ‘frameworks’ is being replaced by ‘standards’.

The standards are two-page documents listing the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed for the apprentice to be competent in their role.

These have to be assessed throughout and the result graded at the end of the apprenticeship by somebody independent.

An apprenticeship programme must run for a minimum of 12 months and 20% of their training must be delivered off the job (within paid working time). More information on how apprenticeships are delivered can be found on our Delivering apprenticeships page

What are the new standards?

Four job roles are the subject of the new apprenticeship standards:

  • Adult Care Worker (level 2)
  • Lead Adult Care Worker (level 3)
  • Lead Practitioner in Adult Care (level 4)
  • Leader in Adult Care (level 5) - this incorporates both managers and advanced practitioners.

The standards show what an apprentice will be doing and the skills required of them, by job role. Standards are developed by employer groups known as ‘trailblazers’. We’re supporting the employer groups who are developing the following standards: Adult Care Worker, Lead Adult Care Worker, Lead Practitioner in Adult Care, Leader in Adult Care and Social Worker. We have set up a dedicated email to take enquiries: 

You can view a table of the new roles, training and testing required here

End Point Assessment

The apprentice has to be assessed at the end, and the result graded. This end-point assessment must be carried out by a body which is independent of the one which trained the apprentice and is on the Government Register of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations (RoAAOs). You can find out all the detail and download the list of approved Assessment Organisations here. The end point assessment of Apprenticeships must be externally quality assured by an outside organisation. Find out more here.

Development of degree apprenticeships

We are currently working on the development of new apprenticeship standards offering a work-based route for registered professionals. The first standard to be developed will be the Social Work degree apprenticeship. We will keep you updated on this via our enews or for more information you can email

In the meantime we have compiled a series of frequently asked questions for employers and learning providers.    

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