Apprenticeships are government-funded, work-based training programmes for people aged 16 and over. Apprentices can be new or current employees.

The way that apprenticeships work is changing. The Government plan is that the new standards system will completely replace the frameworks system by 2020. There will be a transitional phase where equivalent frameworks and standards will run side-by-side as standards are embedded. For adult care, this phase will end on 29 December 2017, when the Health and Social Care frameworks will be switched off and be completely replaced by the new standards. This will be in

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 find most of the information from our apprenticeship pages in our new leaflet Adult care apprenticeships: Information for employers.  

The trailblazer group have advised that the revised version of the Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship standard has been submitted to the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) for review and approval. The revisions reflect feedback from stakeholders and requirements from IfA. It’s unlikely to be completed before January which impacts on the planned availability of the standard for delivery from January 2018. Due to this the IfA will not consider the relevant assessment plan.

In order to facilitate a smooth transition to the new standard and ensure continuity of apprenticeship provision at level 5 the current level 5 apprenticeship SASE framework will remain open for new registrations until 31 August 2018.

This has been agreed between Skills for Care, awarding organisations and the adult care trailblazer group.
The registration period for the existing qualification Level 5 Leadership and Management will be extended by all awarding organisations until 31 August 2018 (agreed by the Joint Awarding Body Quality Group - JABQG).

The new Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management in Adult Care will be launched on 1 September 2018 by which time the apprenticeship standard assessment plan will be expected to have been published.


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