Guidance

Removal of apprenticeship frameworks

A list of apprenticeship frameworks to be removed as part of the apprenticeship reform programme.

Documents

Apprenticeship framework delivery list

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List of frameworks for feedback (batch 5)

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A summary of apprenticeship frameworks withdrawal process

The government expects to move from apprenticeship frameworks to standards over the course of the parliament. We are phasing the withdrawal of apprenticeship frameworks as employers take on apprentices on the new standards and ensuring issuing authorities and training providers have reasonable notice to prepare for the changes.

Each batch of frameworks proposed for withdrawal under goes a public request for feedback period. This helps to identify the occupations in the frameworks that are ready to be withdrawn. The apprenticeship framework delivery list contains all the apprenticeships frameworks available as well as the withdrawal date for all the frameworks we have either withdrawn or are withdrawing.

The occupations selected for framework withdrawal will have replacement standards ready by the withdrawal date for those that we have not already withdrawn. Those that are not selected will appear in later batches when we consider that they could next be ready for withdrawal.

The first batch of frameworks to be either withdrawn completely or closed to new apprenticeship starts took place in March 2016, the 2nd in May 2016 and the 3rd in January 2017. We will announce the outcome of the 4th batch that we consulted on earlier this year at the same time as the outcome of the 5th batch. The frameworks we plan to withdraw from both batches will be withdrawn to new starts no earlier than 1 January 2019.

Published 2 March 2016
Last updated 20 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated apprenticeship framework delivery list.
  2. Published guidance for Issuing Authorities.
  3. Updated apprenticeship framework delivery list.
  4. Updated information about the latest batch of apprenticeship withdrawals.
  5. Updated information about the latest batch of apprenticeship withdrawals.
  6. Updated list of apprenticeship frameworks that will be withdrawn for new starts.
  7. We are asking for feedback on the withdrawal of the fourth batch of apprenticeship frameworks.
  8. Updated list of apprenticeship frameworks to be removed as part of the apprenticeship reform programme.
  9. Added information about the consultation on the withdrawal of the third batch of apprenticeship frameworks.
  10. We have now published a second batch of 60 apprenticeship frameworks that we will withdraw for new starts from 1 December 2016. These frameworks had a low number of reported starts in the 2014 to 2015 and the 2015 to 2016 funding years or have provision covered by developing apprenticeship standards. This change will not affect those apprentices currently completing their apprenticeship on these frameworks.
  11. First published.