Apprenticeship framework

A document that covers all the statutory requirements for an apprenticeship programme in England and Wales. It is used by colleges, employers and training providers to ensure all apprenticeship programmes are delivered consistently and to national standards. It includes:

  • The names of all qualifications.

  • What each qualification is worth.

  • Guidance on:

    • how to get onto an apprenticeship programme; and

    • career paths available after an apprenticeship.

An apprenticeship framework contains a specification of requirements that will lead to an apprenticeship certificate. The requirements specified must be at a particular level and relate to a particular skill, trade or occupation (section 12, Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009). Apprenticeship frameworks are being phased out in England and replaced by approved apprenticeship standards ( .

For more information on apprentices, see Practice note, Apprenticeships: employment law implications ( . To browse apprenticeship frameworks, see Alliance Sector Skills Councils: Apprenticeship Frameworks Online.

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