Apprenticeships explained

Apprenticeships, a brave new world

As of January 2016 a wave of fresh and exciting apprenticeships will be released in England. 

These programmes have been painstakingly developed to ensure they meet the needs of 21st century businesses and their apprentices.

Below you will find more information about these new apprenticeships:

What is different about them?

Written by teams of commercial employers - both large and small - and supported by sector experts…

…these new apprenticeships are based on standards. The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), commissioned this raft of new apprenticeships to ensure that our apprentices emerge with the skills, knowledge and behaviours to drive today’s businesses forward.

Currently, only certain occupations have been selected to be re-developed, although new standards for other occupations are being released all the time.

Key differences:

Who have they been designed for and why?

Designed only for English apprentices, they have been developed to bring the best new talent into our industries…

…with the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to ensure individuals, businesses and sectors will thrive. 

Which occupations are covered?

Eventually all occupations will be covered, the aim is to have these live by 2017…

…but to get started BIS identified a number of key occupations which would become the focus of standards development. To see which occupations are now live and offered by FDQ, please review our portfolio of apprenticeships.

What do the new apprenticeships include?

Each apprenticeship differs in terms of what it can include, this is because each sector is different in terms of the skills, knowledge and behaviours they need…

…however, apprenticeships usually include/require:

To identify exactly what the apprenticeship you are interested in can include, please view the individual apprenticeship standards documents available.

When will delivery begin?

It is expected that the new apprenticeships will start being delivered in January 2016…

…please watch this space for updates. To prepare your business for delivery, please contact fdq today via: and a member of the team will get in touch.

It is envisaged that most of the migration from current apprenticeship frameworks to new trailblazer standards will be complete by 2017/18.

How and where are they assessed?

Apprentices going through the new programmes will be subject to end-point assessment in all cases…

…to reduce disruption to an apprentice’s working day it is possible to undertake assessment sessions at an identified business location as well as at any one of our approved End-Point Assessment centres.

End-point assessment requirements vary for each apprenticeship; details of the specific requirements are available on the apprenticeship standard pages along with grading criteria information.

FDQ has developed an innovative and flexible end-point assessment system, to ensure a streamlined service for our centres. 

Are the new apprenticeships funded?

All new apprenticeships in England are funded...

...funding is via the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), to find out more about how the new standards are funded and to register for funding, please click here.

What next?

All employers and learning providers who want to get started with delivering these new apprenticeships…

…can contact FDQ today to find our more, we are waiting for your call, if, however, you would rather read more about ‘next steps’ before you speak to someone in our team, please click here.

How can you help your apprentice succeed? See our new guide below!


From Butchery Apprenticeship to Bakery Apprenticeship


...Why both are no-brainers for businesses large and small.

I was lucky enough to be part of the dream team that designed the butcher standard – the first food craft apprenticeship to be approved by government. Now I head up the leading end-point assessment organisation for the butchery apprenticeship. As a result I feel pretty confident to pass comment on it.

Quite simply the butchery apprenticeship standard is transforming the butchery profession – for the better. Age-old butchery skills are being revived. That deep knowledge of the meat supply chain is being re-instilled. The industry asked itself the question, ‘What does it mean to be a butcher today?’, and the apprenticeship answered it.

But don’t take my word for it. Ask the 1000+ apprentices who’ve enrolled since 2018, the family businesses whose futures are now secured, or the retail giants, Morrisons and Sainsburys, who know a good thing when they see it and have hundreds of apprentices on programme.

So, what’s this got to do with bakery, I hear you say?

Because the bakery industry is on the brink of doing the same. We know there’s a market opportunity, but it has yet to take off for some SMEs due to funding obstacles. It will take a concerted joint effort by training providers and SME employers to demand that funding is directed to where it’s needed. Butchery overcame similar issues and I’m confident that the baking industry will do too. And here are 10 good reasons why the bakery apprenticeship is worth fighting for:

1.    It attracts 5 times the funding of the previous framework, £9,000 per apprentice

2.    Small bakery businesses only contribute £450 at most, and that cost is waived if you have less than 50 employees and apprentices aged under 19

3.    Largescale bakers have a dedicated ‘automated baker’ pathway within the apprenticeship

4.    It’s not just for youngsters! There are no upper age limits so the bakery apprenticeship can be used to ‘train and certify’ your whole workforce

5.    The employer is King! They negotiate the training contract based on what their business needs

6.    It delivers apprentices with proven skills – the compulsory end-point assessment ensures apprentices only qualify when they’ve mastered the skills employers need

7.    Apprentices are tested by independent industry examiners with years of experience – making success at end-point assessment a real confidence booster for the apprentice

8.    20% off the job need not be a barrier – training providers are now adept at managing this requirement creatively so as not to impact the smooth running of a business

9.    It’s meeting the needs of all types of bakery businesses today, with half the current apprentices being supermarket bakers and half being craft or automated bakers

10  All successful apprentices receive both an apprenticeship certificate PLUS a L2 Bakery Diploma

In short, bakery employers and training providers, it’s time to make it happen!


Find out more about the bakery apprenticeship and end-point assessment here or call us on 0113 3970 395 to discuss your business needs

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