What is an apprenticeship standard?

Monday, April 02, 2018 - 10:00

Apprenticeship standards describe the occupational profile linked to the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) that bring full competence in a particular occupation. They describe how an apprentice can demonstrate mastery of this occupation by the end of the apprenticeship.

The standard itself is a short, concise document containing a clear occupational profile setting out the responsibilities of the occupation and linked to the knowledge, skills and behaviours which will be applied in the workplace.

The standards are proposed, designed and delivered by employers to equip apprentices with the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to succeed in their occupation.

Employers are in the best position to determine when a new apprenticeship standard is required, as they understand where skill gaps lay and also what type of training will make the most sense for their industry.  This is why we work with groups of employers and sector organisations, known as trailblazers, to help and guide them to determine what a new standard should look like.

The diagram below highlights some of the benefits of this approach compared to apprenticeship frameworks, for both employer and apprentice:

There is a process for developing a new standard with plenty of support and guidance available from the Institute to help along the way. To develop a new standard the following steps are required:

  • Identify an apprenticeship occupation
  • Check a standard isn’t currently available or in development
  • Identify which route the apprenticeship standard sits
  • Contact a trailblazer group or create a new group
  • Develop a proposal for a new apprenticeship standard
  • Develop the new standard
  • Develop an end-point assessment plan (EPA)

Words from the Institute for Apprenticeships.


For more information on Apprenticeships, visit our Apprenticeships Overview page here or contact us on info@nsafd.co.uk.