What is the difference between an apprenticeship framework and standard?

What is an apprenticeship framework?

Frameworks are the old apprenticeship schemes and are gradually being phased out and replaced by new apprenticeship standards. There are plans to completely replace frameworks by 2020.

Frameworks provided the learner with a qualification, with assessments performed throughout the programme on a range of competencies. Frameworks are based on combinations of units with specific qualifications.

How does a standard differ?

Standards were introduced to increase the overall quality of apprenticeship provision across all industries and levels. The programmes are closely aligned to specific roles and focus on developing knowledge, skills and behaviours to ensure learners are competent.

Apprenticeship frameworks and standards funding bands

Every apprenticeship standard has a funding band set by the government. Each funding band is a guide to the cost of the programme, and you can only use your levy funds towards a programme within the funding band.

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