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External stakeholders and policy drivers

In 2012 the ‘Richard Review of Apprenticeships’ looked at how apprenticeships in England can meet the needs of the changing economy. It made recommendations to improve the number, quality and credibility of apprenticeships and to ensure employer engagement. 


Apprenticeship frameworks were developed by sector skills councils with employer input, but it is anticipated that frameworks will cease to be in existence by 2020. As new standards come online the frameworks will be removed. There are three stages to apprenticeship standard development:

  1. A group of employers put in an expression of interest to the government wishing to develop an apprenticeship standard. These must be based on actual occupations and if they are approved,
  2. the apprenticeships standard will be developed. This will outline briefly the skills and knowledge required for that occupation and the level it is set at. After wider consultation it will be submitted to the government for approval. If they are approved, then
  3. the assessment plan will be developed. This outlines how the apprentice will achieve the the apprenticeship standard.The assessment plan will be submitted to the government and once approved it will be ready for delivery. Whilst it is ‘ready for delivery’ it is not until an assessment organisation can offer end point assessments will they go ‘live’.

At the foot of the page under ‘related documents’ you can read or download the developed apprenticeship standards and assessment plans for healthcare. The biggest change for apprenticeships in the NHS will be the apprenticeship levy that will come into effect in April 2017. More information on the apprenticeship levy can be found on the GOV.uk website.  

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