About us

The Institute for Apprenticeships ensures high-quality apprenticeship standards and advises government on funding for each standard.

We consider and approve expressions of interest, apprenticeship standards and assessment plans submitted by employer groups.

The institute is employer-led with an independent chair who leads a board of employers, business leaders and their representatives, to ensure employers continue to drive apprenticeship quality to the highest level.

We are an executive, non-departmental public body of approximately 80 staff based in London and Coventry, sponsored by the Department for Education.

Our responsibilities

The institute was established by the Apprenticeships, Skills and Learning Act 2009 as amended by the Enterprise Act 2016.

Our main functions are:

  • developing and maintaining quality criteria for the approval of apprenticeship standards and assessment plans
  • supporting the development of standards and assessment plans by employer groups, reviewing and approving them
  • publishing approved standards and assessment plans
  • advising on the maximum amount of government funding that can be drawn down by employers for individual apprenticeship standards
  • quality assuring the delivery of apprentice end-point assessments, where employer groups have been unable to propose other arrangements
  • ensuring that all end-point assessments are quality assured

Our priorities

In 2017 to 2018 we aim to:

  • build the confidence of employers, apprentices and government on the quality of apprenticeships
  • publish our first operational plan
  • lead action on improving quality
  • advise the Secretary of State for Education on the allocation of standards to funding bands
  • prepare for our new technical education remit in April 2018

Who we work with

We work with partners who have responsibilities for apprenticeships in England including:

We work with counterparts in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Find out more about apprenticeships.