Apprenticeship Reform – New Standards

Apprenticeships are getting even better! These standards are designed by employers for employers, to ensure that apprenticeships support businesses to grow and prosper.

Reaseheath Apprenticeships are working closely with industry and accrediting bodies to develop and deliver these new standards. We are excited to announce our first Apprenticeship Standard will run from November 2016 in Craft Butchery with many more in the pipeline as they become available.


What is different about apprenticeship standards?

The employer-designed apprenticeship standards set out what an apprentice will be able to do on completion of their apprenticeship.

These new apprenticeships assess an apprentice through a rigorous end point assessment, designed by employers, which will ensure that the apprentice really can do the job they’ve trained for before completing their apprenticeship.

The full suite of apprenticeship standards can be found here.

Many more apprenticeship standards, covering a wide range of occupations, are in the pipeline.

Is Government funding available for these new apprenticeships?

Yes. The Government will contribute towards the cost of external training and assessment of apprentices to meet the standard.

The overall amount the Government contributes will depend on which funding cap the apprenticeship standard has been allocated to (see table below).

Is there any extra funding available?

Yes. Every time you hire an apprentice on one of these new apprenticeship standards you can receive additional payments:

  • If your apprentice is 16 to 18 years old
  • If you are a small business with less than 50 employees
  • If your apprentice successfully completes their apprenticeship


  • Put employers in the driving seat

    Apprenticeships will be based on standards designed by employers, making them more relevant and therefore more attractive to existing and new employers.

  • Increase the quality of apprenticeships

    An apprentice will need to demonstrate their competence through rigorous and holistic assessment. This will focus on the end of the apprenticeship to ensure that the apprentice is ready to progress.

  • Simplify the system

    The new employer-designed standards will be short and easy to understand. They will describe the knowledge, skills and behaviour (KSBs) that an individual needs to be fully competent in an occupation.

  • Give employers purchasing power

    Putting control of government funding for the external training of apprentices in the hands of employers, to empower businesses to act as customers, driving up the quality and relevance of such training.