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Guidance

Removal of apprenticeship frameworks

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

Documents

Apprenticeship frameworks that will be withdrawn for new starts

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List of frameworks being considered for withdrawal

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Details

The SFA 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.

This list of apprenticeship frameworks contains the withdrawal date for all the frameworks we have either withdrawn or are withdrawing.

The information document explains why we are withdrawing apprenticeships frameworks and further information on the process of transitioning from frameworks to standards.

Proposal to withdraw fourth batch of frameworks

We are asking for your feedback on withdrawing the fourth batch of frameworks. The proposal is now open and will close at 5pm on Wednesday, 5 April.

The frameworks included in this proposal have replacement apprenticeship standards that cover the same occupations. The proposed last date for new starts on these frameworks is 31 March 2018.

We will review the feedback and announce the final list for withdrawal in May. If we defer the withdrawal, the framework will be included in the next batch of proposed withdrawals.

We will consider deferring the withdrawal date if you can provide clear and strong evidence that:

  • relevant standards due to be in place by April 2018, or soon after, will not cover some occupations covered by the framework’s pathways for which there is still significant demand or

  • there are strong reasons why the replacement standard(s) cannot be ready for learners from 1 April 2018 or soon after