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We know that higher and degree apprenticeships are paid jobs that incorporate on- and off-the-job training, but how do we know they meet the high-level skills needs of employers?
The UK Government apprenticeship reforms (in England) are aimed at increasing the quality of apprenticeship programmes, to ensure they’re relevant, robust and fit for purpose for developing high-level skills.
As a result, degree apprenticeships were introduced in 2015, and apprenticeships are shifting from frameworks to standards.
Trailblazers – groups of employers representing sector areas – are building higher and degree apprenticeships around new apprenticeship standards that are designed to raise and standardise the skill level and competency of a range of occupations.
As a result, apprenticeship standards can help businesses build a skills pipeline to fulfil future roles.
Currently, there are 147 new standards approved for delivery and an additional 177 in development.
There could be as many as 1,600 standards by 2020.