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Everything you need to know about Apprenticeship standards

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You might have heard the word 'Trailblazer' before when talking about Apprenticeships, but what does this mean and why is it so important for the Apprenticeship industry?

What are the new Apprenticeship Standards?

Apprenticeships are changing. Due to a major government review of Apprenticeships, new Apprenticeship standards are being introduced. Developed by groups of employers known as 'Trailblazers', the new standards set out what an Apprenticeship should look like for a specific job role and the knowledge, skills and behaviours an apprentice will need to show to successfully complete their Apprenticeship.

What are the main changes?

As the standards have been developed by employers they ensure you will receive the most relevant training for the industry you would like to join. They mean improved quality and greater consistency across Apprenticeships as well as substantial training and a focus on skills, preparing you for work. You may notice slight changes as follows:


The new standards give employers the flexibility to choose the most appropriate assessment method for apprentices to demonstrate the key skills they have learnt; this means that learning will be relevant for the specific job role.

Beyond exams

A greater emphasis will be placed on all-round development and performance in the workplace, meaning that Apprenticeships are no longer just about passing exams. At the end of the programme apprentices will complete an end-point assessment, meaning that skills will be taken into account as well as exam performance. This means that at the end of your Apprenticeship you'll be ready to start your new career.

Continuous improvement

Most new standards will also require apprentices to keep training logs or learning records where you will be encouraged to reflect on the work you have done, what you have learned and identify any gaps in the training with a manager or talent coach. At the end of the programme you will be asked to put forward the very best evidence in a showcase portfolio, interview or reflective statement which ensures all the learning requirements have been met.