Further education and skills – guidance

Apprenticeship frameworks

A list of apprenticeships frameworks available for employers and training organisations.


Apprenticeship frameworks live list

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An apprenticeship framework:

  • covers all the statutory requirements for an apprenticeship programme in England
  • is used by colleges, employers and training providers to make sure that all apprenticeship programmes are delivered consistently and to national standards
  • includes the names of all qualifications and what each qualification is worth
  • gives guidance on how to get onto an apprenticeship programme, the time it will take and career paths available after an apprenticeship

Apprenticeship Frameworks Online (AFO) contains detailed information on all of the apprenticeship frameworks currently available.

It contains information on both publicly funded and non-funded frameworks with England and Wales. The Skills Funding Agency only supports frameworks which are publicly funded.

An apprenticeship certificate must be in place for the full apprenticeship to be recognised. You can get the certificate from Apprenticeship Certificates England when an apprentice has completed all elements of their programme.

Searching for an apprenticeship

Employers can use the find apprenticeship training service to search for suitable apprenticeships and identify approved training providers who can deliver that training.

The service contains details of training providers who currently offer apprenticeships. It will be updated in 2017 to reflect the new register of apprenticeship training providers.

Apprenticeships reform

Under our reforms, employer-designed apprenticeship standards will replace frameworks. From 2017 to 2018 as many apprenticeship starts as possible will be on the new standards.