Apprenticeships in England

Introduction

Government has identified that apprenticeships are key to addressing skills shortages. To this end, employers have contributed to developing new Apprenticeship Standards which outline the knowledge, skills and behaviours that they would expect to see for specific job roles.

QFI’s contribution to the delivery of Apprenticeships in England

QFI’s End Point Assessment Organisation

All apprentices in England must go through an independent end-point assessment which is a general assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours learned through undertaking an apprenticeship programme.

Through QFI’s End Point Assessment Organisation we are able to offer end point assessment to independently make sure that apprentices meet the standards set by employers and are confirmed fully competent in their chosen occupations.

For further information on QFI’s End Point Assessment Organisation please email your enquiry to: leadassessor@qfiepa.org

EPA for the Engineering Design and Draughtsperson Apprenticeship

QFI is approved to offer the Engineering Design and Draughtsperson Apprenticeship Standard. Click on the summary PDF below for more information.

EDD Info Sheet

EPA for the Steel Fixer Apprenticeship

QFI is approved to offer the Steel Fixer Apprenticeship Standard. Click on the summary PDF below for more information.

Steel Fixer Info Sheet

EPA for the Lifting Technician Apprenticeship

QFI is approved to offer the Lifting Technician Apprenticeship Standard. Click on the summary PDF below for more information.

Lifting Technician Info Sheet

EPA for the Highway Electrical Maintenance and Installation Operative Apprenticeship

QFI is approved to offer the Highway Electrical Maintenance and Installation Operative Apprenticeship Standard. Click on the summary PDF below for more information.

Highways Electrical Maintenance and Installation Info Sheet

EPA for the Highways Electrician / Service Operative Apprenticeship

QFI is approved to offer the Highways Electrician / Service Operative

Apprenticeship Standard. Click on the summary PDF below for more information.

Highways Electrician / Service Operative Info Sheet

Further information on Apprenticeships in England

Who pays for Apprenticeships?

Where an employer pays the levy, the funding for apprenticeship training comes from this. Where an employer does not pay the levy then they must contribute 10% of the cost of the apprentices training, and the Government pays the rest (90%). Each apprenticeship is set a Funding Band which indicates the maximum contribution that can be made from the levy pot or from Government.

Can employers do the training part?

Anyone that provides apprenticeship training must be on the Skills Funding Agency’s Register of Approved Apprenticeship Training Providers. Employers can apply to be on this Register in order to deliver training to their own employees.

How are Apprentices trained?

Apprentices must spend at least 20% of their time in ‘off the job’ training. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they must leave the workplace, but they should not be doing their day to day work. They may for example be in meetings, learning on-line, shadowing etc. There is further guidance as to what this can involve.

How are Apprenticeships assessed?

All of the new Apprenticeship Standards have an ‘end-point assessment’ that is conducted by an independent organisation towards the end of the apprenticeship.
Apprenticeships are also graded, e.g. pass/ merit/ distinction, and all successful apprentices are awarded a full apprenticeship certificate.

What is QFI’s role in the delivery of Apprenticeships in England?

QFI is approved as an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAorg) for specific Standards. QFI’s End point Assessment Organisation develops assessment materials, approves assessors and assesses apprentice’s using the methods that employers have chosen and documented in the Assessment Plan that accompanies each Standard.

For further information on QFI’s End Point Assessment Organisation please email your enquiry to: leadassessor@qfiepa.org