Apprenticeship Frameworks in England
The existing apprenticeship frameworks below are still in place, but will be withdrawn at some stage before 2020, at the very latest, at which point only the new apprenticeship standards will be funded.
NB – see here for general information on Apprenticeships in England.
What frameworks include
All of the frameworks below include the qualifications and skills apprentices must achieve in three areas: competence element; knowledge element; and transferable skills.
The only qualifications that are acceptable as evidence of transferable skills are those identified in the appropriate SASE framework documents:
- SASE transferable skills guidance – for new starts from 6 April 2015 (PDF 294KB)
- SASE transferable skills guidance – for Starts up to 5 April 2015 (PDF 357KB)
- Guidance on the forms of acceptable evidence – Dec 14, v3( PDF 2.5MB)
Request a certificate
Once an apprentice has completed the requirements laid out in the IT apprenticeship frameworks, they’ve earned their certificate. You can request it on their behalf through the Apprenticeship Certification System for England (ACE). The Tech Partnership will then process this request and issue the certificate. Request a certificate now.
Employment rights and responsibilities
All apprentices must demonstrate their understanding of employment rights and responsibilities (ERR).
This can be achieved by your apprentice completing, and you assessing, our ERR Workbook: Download here – ERR Workbook (Word) *please note that this workbook has been updated June 2016 to allow answers to be entered directly into the document. If you have any questions about this, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, your apprentice can complete a unit with the appropriate awarding organisation, listed below:
- Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Award in Workskills for Effective Learning and Employment (QCF)
- City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Employee Rights and Responsibilities
- Agored Cymru Level 2 Award in Employment Rights and Responsibilities (QCF)
Or an ERR Workbook designed by the provider, please note that this MUST be sent to The Tech Partnership before delivery for approval.
IT, software, web & telecoms professionals frameworks
These frameworks are flexible enough to accommodate almost any IT job role, including software or web development, technical support and database analysis:
- Level 2 and 3: Apprenticeship for IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals framework – Level 2 and 3 – England (latest version FR 03900 – issue 20) (PDF 2MB)
- Level 4: Higher Apprenticeship for IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals framework – Level 4 – England (latest version FR 04004 – issue 22) (PDF 2.2MB)
Information security frameworks
These are suitable for roles in information or cyber security, such as network security, information assurance, governance, digital forensics and security analysis.
- Level 3: Advanced Apprenticeship in Information Security framework – Level 3 – England (latest version FR 03454 – issue 6) PDF 1.8MB
- Level 4: Higher Apprenticeship in Information Security framework – Level 4 – England (latest version FR03592 – issue 12) PDF 2MB
PLEASE NOTE – As of Thursday 1st December 2016, starts on the Information Security framework 611 have now closed for new starts. This is part of the apprenticeship reforms as we transition to new Trailblazer standards. Apprentices still completing their apprenticeship on this framework will continue to do so, on their agreed funding arrangements, and their apprenticeship completion certificate can be claimed in the usual manner. For more information and to understand the different options available for the future please see the new Tech and Digital Apprenticeship Standards, including standards for Cyber Security Technologist and Cyber Intrusion Analyst.
IT application specialist framework
These enable apprentices to become IT “super users” and are designed to help people who are new to roles in which they use IT intensively.
- Level 2 and 3: IT Application Specialists Apprenticeship framework – England (latest version FR 03901 – issue 9) PDF 1MB
Any questions, please contact email@example.com