Apprenticeships 2018

The IRRV is committed to supporting Trailblazer Apprenticeships in its sector. While the initiative for writing new Apprenticeship standards lies with groups of employers, the Institute will assist in this process where invited. Trailblazer groups are also responsible for commissioning training and finding an assessment organisation.

We are pleased to announce that the Institute has now joined the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. This means that it can offer training to employers for Apprentices working to an approved Standard.

The Institute is also aiming to join the Register of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations at the earliest opportunity,.

A list of links to Apprenticeship documents is below. Please contact the Education section for further details or a discussion of your interests in Apprenticeships. 7691 8978 / 8994


– this provides guidance for groups of employers (trailblazers) on proposing and developing a new apprenticeship standard.


– this provides details of how government will fund apprenticeship training in England from May 2017, and what these changes will mean for employers.

Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE)

- the minimum requirements for standards setters


– this outlines what employers need to do to become an apprenticeship training provider.


– this provides information and suggestions for employers, apprentices, MPs, schools, colleges and training providers to help support NAW 2017


– an updated version of the letter from the Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Robert Halfon for apprenticeship training providers to send to new apprentices.


– version 4 sets out updated performance-management rules for all apprenticeship starts from 1 August 2016 to 30 April 2017. New starts from May 2017 will be subject to the 2017 to 2018 funding and performance-management rules:



– a new version of Register list of organisation and Register list of standards uploaded on 31 January 2017



Brief introduction to Apprenticeships


A guide to apprenticeships - provides information on the opportunities, progression and benefits of doing an apprenticeship with case studies from real apprentices.



This guide gives employers the information and benefits of recruiting apprentices to their business.

The benefits of apprenticeships are becoming increasingly obvious to more and more businesses. It’s a fact that apprenticeships develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. Businesses that offer apprenticeships view them as beneficial to their long-term development.

Apprenticeship levy – how Scotland will use its share

The Scottish Government has announced that Scotland’s share of funding from the UK Government’s apprenticeship levy will support a range of employment measures including the delivery of 30,000 Modern Apprenticeships starts per year by 2020 and the establishment of a new fund to help employers up-skill and re-skill their workforce.

Information on the estimated expenditure in 2017/18 shows that £0.5m has been allocated to occupational standards, £4.7m has been allocated to graduate level apprenticeships and over £63m has been allocated to support workforce development in sectors such as the energy sector, teacher training and early years recruitment and training.

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