Early Years Trailblazer News


New Apprenticeship Standards are being developed in England which will, ultimately, replace the current frameworks. An independent review of Apprenticeships by Doug Richard in 2012 sought to develop a world class Apprenticeship system in England, offering young people a real alternative to University, and employers a ‘job ready’ pipeline of workers. The final report resulted in a series of recommendations designed to make Apprenticeships more rigorous and more responsive; notably putting employers, in control.

A series of groups, known as ‘Trailblazers,’ have been set up to develop the new standards. The current Early Years Trailblazer group is formed of representatives from;

 

Busy Bees Childcare
Darcy Bunnie Nursery
Little Cupcakes
Hollies Day Nursery
Blossom Day Nursery
Cheeky Monkeys
Bright Horizons
The Learning Tree
Shapes Day Nursery
Holmes Park Day Nursery
First Quest Day Nursery

 

Guidance for the process is supplied by the Department for Education who are shaping the Government Policy on Apprenticeships as the Trailblazers progress.

Trailblazers develop;

 Apprenticeship Standards
 Assessment Plans

Employers lead the activity, consulting with their sector as required before submitting the final documents to the Department for Education. A panel at the Department for Education reviews and/or approves the submission before allowing the group to proceed to the next phase. Some trailblazers choose to develop additional resources and employer briefs for use during implementation.

The consultation for the EYE level 3 apprenticeship standard is now open, see link below.

 

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