Apprenticeship Trailblazers Timeline

Our timeline shows the key stages that apprenticeship trailblazers will be going through.

Our support and resources provide you with help on this. Our Trailblazers Support and Resources give you more information about the trailblazers process and what this means for you.

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STAGE 1

The trailblazer will complete the Expression of Interest form and submit it to Business Innovation and Skills. The trailblazer group will comprise of at least 10 employers of varying sizes who are reflective of the industry the occupation relates to.

Trailblazers Forms and Submits Expressions of Interest
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STAGE 2

The Government will approve new trailblazers using the criteria in the Guidance for Trailblazers. There are several criteria to be met. A BIS Relationship Manager will be allocated to new Trailblazers.

Application Approved
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STAGE 3

The trailblazer will set up the first meeting and agree priorities.

Trailblazer Convenes and Sets Priorities
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STAGE 4

The trailblazer must write and agree the standard and produce a concise document describing skills, knowledge, competence and behaviours needed to be job-ready for that particular occupation.

The trailblazer will consult with a wide range of employers on the draft standard to seek feedback and make changes to the draft standard.

The standard will be submitted to BIS, along with a completed copyright assignment (assigning copyright to the Crown).

Trailblazer Writes New Standard
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STAGE 5

The standard will be assessed against set criteria (as described in the Guidance to Trailblazers).

The final decision on whether to approve the standard is made by the Minister of State for Skills.  Some further changes may be needed to the standard following this review.

Once the standard has been approved it is published online.

Standard Approved
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STAGE 6

Once the trailblazer has had the standard approved, they must then produce an assessment plan.  This is the employer’s opportunity to write in one document how to test full occupational competence.
The assessment plan should explain how, when someone gets to the end of the apprenticeship, they can be assessed to make sure they meet the required standard.

Trailblazer Produces Assessment Plan and Costing Template
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STAGE 7

The Government will use criteria to review the assessment.

The final decision on whether to approve the assessment plan is made by the Minister of State for Skills.  Some further changes may be needed following this review.

Once the assessment plan is approved, a funding band will be allocated and it will be published online.

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Assessment Plan Approved and Funding Band Allocated
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STAGE 8

Once the assessment plan has been approved a Core Government Contribution Cap (CGC) will be allocated to the standard.

After funding has been allocated,  apprentices can be recruited and trained against the standard/assessments.

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