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    ESFA today (3 Oct) updated their list of apprenticeship frameworks to be removed as part of the apprenticeship reform programme.

    The government expects to move from apprenticeship frameworks to standards over the course of the parliament. ESFA are phasing the withdrawal of apprenticeship frameworks as employers take on apprentices on the new standards and ensuring issuing authorities and training providers have reasonable notice to prepare for the changes.

    The apprenticeship framework delivery list contains all the apprenticeships frameworks available as well as the withdrawal date for all the frameworks ESFA have either withdrawn or are withdrawing.

    The information document explains why they are withdrawing apprenticeships frameworks and further information on the process of transitioning from frameworks to standards.

    Latest batch of apprenticeship withdrawals

    EFA are asking for your feedback on withdrawing the 5th batch of frameworks from Wednesday 13 September to 6pm on Wednesday 18 October.

    A full list of frameworks included in this proposal is available above.

    They will review the feedback and announce the final list for withdrawal next year.

    They will announce the outcome of the 4th batch that we consulted on earlier this year at the same time as the outcome of the 5th batch. The frameworks they plan to withdraw from both batches will be withdrawn to new starts no earlier than 1 January 2019.

    If they defer the withdrawal, the framework will be included in the next batch of proposed withdrawals that is planned later next year.

    The frameworks included in this proposal have replacement apprenticeship standards that cover the same occupations; the replacement standards are expected to be ready for delivery by 1 January 2019.

    ESFA will consider deferring the withdrawal date if you can provide clear and strong evidence that:

    • the relevant standards due to be in place by 1 January 2019, or soon after, will not cover some occupations covered by the framework’s pathways for which there is still significant demand or

    • there are strong reasons why the replacement standard(s) cannot be ready for learners from 1 January 2019 or soon after

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