An Apprenticeship Framework is developed by the Sector Skills Councils (SSCs). SSCs are licensed by the government to represent employers in developing National Occupational Standards and to design and approve Apprenticeships Frameworks. There are more than 200 Apprenticeship Frameworks, ranging from accountancy, carpentry and joinery, health and social care, IT services and development to youth work.
The National Apprenticeship Service has overviews of the types of apprenticeships.
How long does it take to complete?
The length of an apprenticeship varies depending on prior skill levels of the apprentice and the qualification being obtained. Generally, apprenticeships take between one and three years to complete.
What assistance is available?
Who’s who in apprenticeships
- Apprentice: An employee undertaking an apprenticeship programme
- Employer: The company that employs the apprentice (Warwickshire County Council)
- Line Manager/Supervisor: This person is here to support the apprentice in their job
- Mentor: Usually from a different area within the workplace, the trained Mentor is available to provide advice, guidance or just an ear to listen
- Training Provider: A private training company or FE College who delivers the apprenticeship programme
- Assessor: A specially trained, fully qualified Assessor who is responsible for the training, assessment and support of the learners in regards to the qualification
- Verifier: Verifies the assessor’s work against agreed standards of competence using a range of assessment methods and supports and guides the assessors, providing feedback on assessment decisions
- National Apprenticeship Service (NAS): Part of the Skills Funding Agency, a next steps agency of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. NAS has end-to-end responsibility for apprenticeships in England.
- Sector Skills Council: State-sponsored, employer-led organisations that contribute to the development of National Occupational Standards, the design and approval of Apprenticeship Frameworks.