Further education and skills – guidance

Apprenticeship frameworks: live list

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.


The Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) sets out the minimum requirements to be included in a recognised English apprenticeship framework. Compliance with the SASE is a statutory requirement of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning (ASCL) Act.

All apprenticeship framework in England have been reviewed to ensure the framework is SASE compliant.

Since 31 August 2014, there are no new SASE frameworks developed or issued through Apprenticeship Frameworks Online.

Agreed modifications to the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) (with effect from 6 April 2015)

Modifications have been made to SASE which means that the “5 year rule” that applies to the validity of Functional Skills/GCSEs/Key Skills qualifications in English, maths and ICT (where applicable) has been removed.

This applies to new apprenticeship starts from 6 April 2015.

An updated version of the SASE and guidance documents have been published.

Guidance and a FAQ for Issuing Authorities and providers can be found at ACE Knowledge Base.

Providers are asked to contact the ACE helpdesk with queries ace@fisss.org.

Apprenticeship Declaration and Authorisation Form

The Apprenticeships, Skills Children and Learning Act 2009 requires that apprentices must apply for their apprenticeship completion certificate. Where the application is facilitated by a third party, there must be evidence that this was done at the specific request of the apprentice. Apprentices must also provide all of the appropriate evidence to support their claim for an apprenticeship completion certificate.

View/download the apprenticeship declaration and authorisation form on the Apprenticeship Certificates England (ACE) website.

Guidance notes on how to complete the apprenticeship declaration and authorisation form and the evidence required are available on the Sector Skills Councils Alliance website.

Apprenticeship reform

Apprenticeship standards will replace all frameworks by 2017.