As you probably know, apprenticeships are going through a radical redesign. Last year, the government announced it would implement many of the recommendations of the Richard Review, with an emphasis on increasing employer involvement in the overall design of apprenticeships.
That process is now well under way, with a number of ‘trailblazer’ groups having been set up. These groups, which are made up of large and small employers, professional bodies, trade associations and sector skills councils, have been working together to design new apprenticeship standards for occupations within their sector. Whilst some of these (Phase 1) have already delivered new standards, a further eight sectors were announced in April (Phase 2), and are currently consulting on the draft apprenticeship standards that have been developed so far.