Closure of Adult Social Care Apprenticeship Frameworks announced

Skills for Care have announced that the current apprenticeships frameworks in Health and Social Care and in Care Leadership and Management will be withdrawn in December 2017. The planned closure comes after the approval of the new employer-led apprenticeship standards at Levels 2, 3, 4 and 5. Level 2 and 3 are already open for registration and level 4 and 5 are anticipated in the very near future. This means that no one will be able to start an apprenticeship on the framework after the end of this calendar year, and all apprentices starting after that date will do so through the new standards. The framework and standards will run in parallel until then allowing employers and learning providers to get used to the new standards and begin to phase them into their organisations before the frameworks are fully closed in December. The new standards are two-page documents setting out the essential skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary to be competent in a clearly defined and unique occupation. The apprentice has to be assessed at the end, and the result graded. This end-point assessment test must be carried out by a body which is independent of the one which trained the apprentice and is on a new government Register of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations.