Articles from The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education (previously IfA)

The Quality Strategy for apprenticeships

Quality Strategy Best practice statements March 2019 The Quality Strategy sets out best practice expectations before, during, and after apprenticeships. The Strategy has been developed by regulatory bodies, concerned with ensuring apprenticeship quality, that have come together to create the Quality Alliance.

Institute invites Awarding Organisations to bid for new T Levels

The Institute is pleased to issue its Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the second wave of T Levels, which will be taught from September 2021 onwards.

Hearing aid dispenser

Reference Number: ST0600 Details of standard Occupation summary A Hearing Aid Dispenser (HAD) is someone who works independently to test people's hearing, advise on hearing care and where necessary  supplies and fits hearing aids and other communication devices. Hearing Aid Dispensers are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council ( This role requires strict adherence to professional standards which includes the need to maintain accurate records and identify the need for onward referral for a medical opinion. Hearing Aid Dispensers can work in a variety of settings including the NHS, private practice, retail, in employed or self-employed positions. The role is typically performed in either a clinical, community or domiciliary setting. In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with the general public through scheduled appointments, other healthcare professionals and colleagues within their organisation. A Hearing Aid Dispenser will generally act alone and is responsible for seeing adults, including vulnerable members of the community, who have various stages of hearing difficulty or ear health issues, providing a range of services designed to support communication and participation in everyday life.

Institute consulting on new Financial and Accountancy T Levels

The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education (The Institute) is consulting on new Financial and Accountancy T Levels.

Oral health practitioner

Reference Number: ST0542 Details of standard Typical Job titles: Oral Health Practitioner , Community Oral Health Educator, Oral Health Champion, Oral Health Ambassador, Oral Health Improvement Lead

Cultural Heritage Conservation Technician

Reference Number: ST0611 Details of standard Apprenticeship Standard for Cultural Heritage Conservation Technician                                          Cultural Heritage Conservation Technicians are specialist practitioners working under the supervision of professional conservators, conservation scientists or senior conservation technicians. They work to ensure the preservation of cultural heritage objects or collections housed in archives, art galleries, libraries, museums, private collections, as well as historic and ancient sites. They may also undertake work related to the internal and external features of buildings, but not the building itself.

Process leader

Reference Number: ST0695 Details of standard Occupation summary Process Leaders are found in organisations with high volume manufacturing or advanced manufacturing processes in which large volumes of products are made in assembly, moulding, metal processing, chemical processing, pharmaceutical, textiles, food and drink, or similar processes.

300,000 Starts On #Apprenticeship Standards! The Institute Celebrates A Year Of Successes

At the start of the 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week, the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) celebrates reaching 300,000 starts on standards - the latest milestone in a year of successes.

Public sector compliance / investigator officer

Reference Number: ST0708 Details of standard Occupation summary This occupation is found in supervisory and regulatory organisations and authorities across the public sector, who monitor and investigate levels of compliance.  This occupation is distinct to the public sector, as only the government can apply civil and criminal penalties, or pursue public prosecutions.  Compliance staff need to understand, investigate and negotiate with individuals and organisations who, by accident or with intent, may not be complying with or are deliberately evading regulation or law.

Manufacturing manager (degree)

Reference Number: ST0515 Details of standard Occupation summary This occupation is found in manufacturing sectors including food and drink, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, automotive and aeronautical.

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