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Trailblazer Apprenticeships

New apprenticeship standards – information for employers

You may have heard news in the media about the new Government approach to apprenticeships known as Trailblazers. These are new set of apprenticeship standards that have been designed by employers, for employers and approved by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

These Trailblazer apprenticeship programmes based on standards, are designed to give employers confidence their apprentice can develop the skills they need to make meaningful contribution to their company. The standards will replace the existing arrangements for apprenticeships that have been tied to frameworks.

TDM understands that one-size-fits-all isn’t the approach that our employers are looking for, there are a number of programmes to suit all budgets. Employers will only pay one third of the training costs and in many cases the Government incentives off-set the training investment making your apprenticeship programme free. To discuss the training options speak with one of the TDM team.

Trailblazer apprenticeships can attract up to £18,000 in government contribution to training. The Government will pay £2 for every £1 of your organisation’s investment in your apprenticeship training programme.

New Trailblazer apprenticeships also attract incentive payments of up to £10,800 for employers over the course the programme, once the employee is signed-up up to the apprenticeship:
If your apprentice is 16 – 18 year olds: £5,400
If you are a small businesses with less than 50 employees: £2,700
Once your apprentice has successfully completed the programme: £2,700

To date, TDM Wyre Academy has delivered high quality apprenticeship programmes – so employers and apprentices have received a robust and high quality of apprenticeship delivery under the existing frameworks that TDM offers.

There are many advantages to the new Trailblazer Apprenticeships that we are now able to offer that will align apprenticeships to tangible business impacts with a systems approach to training that will include greater programme customisation, apprenticeship training and development for new and existing staff to improve transfer of skills and knowledge.

Main Programme Similarities

  • Both contain a Professional Qualification
  • Both mandate regular reviews of progress to ensure the Apprentice is being exposed to the correct opportunities to enable them to develop skills to meet the standard required
  • Both require the creation of a showcase summative portfolio of work-based evidence
  • Both take a minimum of 12 months to complete
  • Both currently attract government funding (this is always subject to change)

Main Programme Differences

  • The new more relevant employer-designed standards are short and easy to understand. They describe the knowledge, skills and behaviours that an individual needs to be fully competent in an occupation
  • There is greater flexibility to tailor and customise the training approach to meet individual company’s requirements
  • Apprentices will now be graded which will give a clearer impression of the level of achievement, rather than a simple pass or fail
  • There will be an end-point assessment which tests the apprentice against the whole standard giving the employer confidence that the apprentice is ready to progress
  • Under the new Trailblazers, there is greater flexibility over what evidence can make up an Apprentice’s portfolio making this more relevant to the apprenticeship, rather than the very prescriptive requirements of the old frameworks
  • The new Tech Trailblazers will always contain relevant Industry Certifications ensuring the rigour and industry relevance of the knowledge testing

For a job role to be considered an Apprenticeship it has achieve a set of measurable learning outcomes, hence each job role has set standards and consistent ways for them to be assessed. Each standard has the following three elements:

Core standard – the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for that job role
Options – the elements of the job role which may be optional or employer required training depending on the employer organisation, skillset and future desired career path for the apprentice
Assessment – the method of assessing whether the individual apprentice has achieved the required standard

These are the standards that have been given approval from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and are ready to be delivered right now:

Infrastructure Technician
Digital Marketer
Network Engineer
Software Developer
Cyber Security Technologist/Risk Analyst
Digital & Technology Solutions Professional

Yes, the Tech Partnership and tech employer panels are working towards launching new standards.

Speak with the TDM team on 0333 10 100 40 for further advice as to how your organisation can benefit from the new Trailblazer apprenticeship programmes.

If you would like to explore the benefits of your own corporate bespoke apprenticeships academy, with bespoke learning management system and organisation specific blended learning courses speak with the team to arrange an appointment.