Apprenticeships in England are changing. The Government has chosen to create an employer-led model for developing and funding apprenticeship standards. This will replace the current system and focus on employers driving the development and delivery of apprenticeships. The Government’s aim is to replace all current Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE apprenticeships) with new apprenticeships, known as Trailblazer Standards, by the end of 2020.
The emerging Trailblazer Apprenticeships have different delivery and assessment arrangements and some do not include the use of N/SVQs as is the case with the current SASE Apprenticeships.
Government will only allow the Inclusion of mandatory qualifications in Trailblazer Apprenticeships under certain circumstances and each individual Trailblazer Employer Group will have to determine with the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) whether its proposal will meet their criteria if they decide to include a N/SVQ as a compulsory part of the Apprenticeship.