Last updated 12 November 2017
The move to apprenticeship standards is the most radical reform to English vocational education for 50 years. In these early stages there is still uncertainty about what the changes mean and there are a number of ‘urban myths’ in circulation. If you are unsure about anything it is always best to check using official sources.
Standards focus on knowledge, skills and behaviours and do not specify how the learning is best delivered. Assessment plans specify what should be assessed and some are clearer than others about how this is done. Digital skills are vital to industry and most employers will welcome suggestions for effective use of technology even if they do not specifically ask for this until prompted.
Each standard must have a 20% element of off-the-job training but this could be delivered in a range of ways. There is no fixed requirement that this learning has to take place on campus or any form of classroom setting.
This is not necessarily true. Apprentices must be allowed 20% of their normal working time for study. This means that weekend and evening study only counts towards the 20% if it is part of the apprentice’s normal working schedule. It may be possible for them to work weekends and evenings if the employer gives them time off in lieu during their normal hours.
Digital technologies are essential to modern business. With sufficient imagination and supporting processes they can be used in all apprenticeships. We have found good examples in all kinds of settings from childcare to airside in the aviation industry. Look out for the examples of effective practice throughout the resource.
Digital signatures are explicitly permitted and will be accepted so long as you ensure appropriate checks and balances in your business processes to avoid fraud and error. See our section on digital signatures.