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Apprenticeship Frameworks

What is in an Apprenticeship Framework?

The elements that make up an Apprenticeship Framework will vary slightly from sector to sector, but below are the elements that could be included. 

All Apprenticeship Frameworks will include as a minimum a competence element, maths and English (unless the apprentice is exempt), and the employment rights and responsibilities element. Many frameworks also include the requirement for a technical certificate to be completed.

We will advise you on the requirements for your particular sector.

Your employer will be required to release you from work in order to receive off-the-job training.  This could be the requirement to attend college in the form of a day release or block release, or it could be training that takes place at your place of work but away from the immediate requirements and pressures of your normal job role.  We will advise you and your employer about the off-the-job attendance requirements for your chosen apprenticeship. 

  1. Competence Element/NVQ
    This is a nationally recognised vocational qualification, usually an NVQ, which assesses the competence of the apprentice in relation to the skills they need in order to do the job to a specified standard. It is assessed by portfolio and by the assessment of the apprentice performing tasks in the workplace. The college will allocate an assessor who has the relevant industry experience and background.
  2. Knowledge Element - Technical Certificate
    A technical certificate is a knowledge-based qualification which helps develop an understanding of the industry or role and teaches the apprentice specific skills and relevant theory. This element is delivered off-the-job, normally requiring college attendance on a day release or block release basis. It will be a nationally recognised qualification, such as a BTEC or City & Guilds, and is normally assessed via assignment work and/or examinations.
  3. Maths and English and ICT - Functional Skills
    Virtually all frameworks include maths and English qualifications, and some also include ICT (Information and Communication Technology).

    Apprentices without prior qualifications in English and maths at Level 2 (e.g. GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above) will be required to study these subjects as part of their apprenticeship.

    English and maths Functional Skills are practical, applied literacy and numeracy qualifications, relevant to both young people and adult learners. They will help the apprentice to develop and apply important skills such as communication, analytical and presentational skills.

    Functional Skills are assessed by examination and normally require the apprentice to attend college on one or more three-day blocks throughout the year, depending on individual requirements.
  4. Employment rights and responsibilities element
    Each framework must include a requirement for the apprentice to develop knowledge and understanding about the world of employment, their rights and responsibilities. This element is normally delivered as part of the competence or technical certificate elements.
  5. Additional qualifications/assessments
    Some apprenticeship frameworks in some sectors specify additional qualifications or assessments that are needed in order for the apprentice to complete their qualification. You will be advised if this is the case for your sector.