23rd October 2014

Image: The future of apprenticeships.The Future of Apprenticeships in England: Implementation Plan (BIS 2013) is the Government’s response to the recommendations made by Doug Richard in his review of Apprenticeships in 2012. As a result, from 2017/18, all existing frameworks will cease to be publicly fundable and new Apprenticeship starts will use new Apprenticeship Standards. Some new style Standards are in development and some are approved/published by BIS as a result of 'trailblazer' activity. The development of new Standards must be employer led and be based on specific occupations.

Further to the recent announcement from BIS, Skills for Health is delighted to be participating in phase 3 of Apprenticeship Trailblazers and now has the opportunity to work with health sector employers to ensure apprentices acquire the skills, knowledge and experience they need.

Taking this forward, Skills for Health has been commissioned by Health Education England to facilitate two employer-led steering groups. Initial work will focus on developing apprenticeship standards for a healthcare support worker, a senior healthcare support worker and an assistant practitioner. Work has now commenced and these draft standards will be available for public consultation between November and the first few weeks of December 2014, with the aim of submitting them for approval in January 2015.

Information about how to become involved through the consultation will be available on the Skills for Health website at the start of the consultation on November 10th. 

John Rogers, CEO of Skills for Health said ‘We are delighted to be working with employers as they develop new Apprenticeship Standards in Trailblazer 3. This is a fantastic opportunity to shape the future of apprenticeships in the health sector putting employers in England in the driving seat developing the support workforce of tomorrow’.

Image: Apprenticeship logo.