Funding is changing too.
A total maximum cost is assigned to the standard rather than per component element, so there is more freedom in the make-up of the training.
You will agree a price with the learning provider and then pay for one-third of the cost to your learning provider and the government will contribute the rest of the cost and pay the learning provider.
There is also a system of incentive payments if you are a small organisation, employ 16-18 year olds, and also upon completion.
In some cases these incentive payments may be more than your original cash contribution. From April 2017, there will be a different system called the Apprenticeship Levy which will apply to employers with a payroll of more than £3m. For more detail go to Apprenticeship Funding Systems
The next stage in development is to produce an Assessment Strategy for each standard which will need to be approved by the government.
The guidance on assessment sets clear rules which must be followed by all Trailblazer groups.
Qualifications are no longer needed as part of Apprenticeships but they can be included as part of the training if appropriate. However qualifications cannot be used as a substitute for the end-test.
The employer group who developed the standards decided to keep the health and social care diplomas (QCF) in all four standards as the industry-recognised competency measures. Find out more about these in the qualifications section of our website.
The Care Certificate is a must for all new apprentices.
For those staff who have completed the Common Induction Standards prior to the launch of the Care Certificate, it is the employer’s responsibility to judge where the gaps are for staff to meet the additional standards in the Care Certificate.
Dependent on government decisions and the emergence of end-point assessment organisations, the first Apprenticeship starts on the new standards are expected to be in late 2016.
There is likely to be a period of dual running between the current frameworks and the new standards while the system settles in.
We’re supporting the employer group who have developed the standards and have set up a dedicated email to take enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now that the final shape of the standards and assessment strategies is known, we will work with employers, learning providers and other stakeholders to help with a smooth roll out of the new system.