Apprenticeship standards describe the occupational profile linked to the knowledge, skills and behaviours that bring full competence in a particular occupation. They describe how an apprentice can demonstrate mastery of this occupation by the end of the apprenticeship.

The standard itself is a short, concise document containing a clear occupational profile setting out the responsibilities of the occupation and linked to the knowledge, skills and behaviours which will be applied in the workplace.

The standards are proposed, designed and delivered by employers to equip apprentices with the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to succeed in their occupation.

Employers are in the best position to determine when a new apprenticeship standard is required, as they understand where skill gaps lay and also what type of training will make the most sense for their industry. This is why groups of employers and sector organisations known as trailblazers, help and guide them to determine what a new standard should look like.

Find an apprenticeship standard

You can use the apprenticeship standard finder on the Institute for Apprenticeships website to find:

  • standards approved for delivery, these include an approved assessment plan and allocated funding band
  • standards in development

Find apprenticeship training

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.

View the funding bands that apply for existing apprenticeship frameworks and apprenticeship standards.

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