A list of the #apprenticeship frameworks, and the date when @IfATechEd will withdraw them, as part of the apprenticeship reform programme 

The government will move from apprenticeship frameworks to standards by 2020. We can now confirm that all frameworks will be withdrawn by 2020 to 2021 academic year, as we expect that employers and providers will have completed the transition by this date.

The last date for new apprentices to start for all remaining live apprenticeship frameworks will be 31 July 2020. From 1 August 2020 all new learners must start on new, employer-designed standards.

Existing apprentices on frameworks will still be able to complete the framework, providing they started on or before 31 July 2020. It is our intention that these learners complete their apprenticeship framework by 31 July 2025 (accounting for any breaks in learning).

This announcement does not remove the power of issuing authorities (IAs) to withdraw frameworks when they believe that they are no longer needed.

We have published guidance above named, ‘Withdrawal of frameworks - guidance for Issuing Authorities’ to help IAs manage the withdrawal of frameworks and give adequate notice to the sector their frameworks have historically served.

We encourage employers and providers to let IAs know when they think that frameworks have become redundant.

You can see which IAs manage which frameworks on the apprenticeship framework delivery list.


Apprenticeship framework delivery list

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Withdrawal of frameworks - guidance for Issuing Authorities


Statement on frameworks withdrawal - May 2019

Published 2 March 2016
Last updated 7 July 2020 + show all updates

  1. Updated information about the withdrawal of apprenticeship frameworks on 1 August 2020.

  2. We have added a statement confirming that all frameworks will be withdrawn by 2020 to 2021 academic year...

  3. Updated apprenticeship framework delivery list.

  4. Updated apprenticeship framework delivery list.

  5. Updated apprenticeship framework delivery list.

  6. We have published the updated version of the apprenticeship framework delivery list.

  7. Published updated version of apprenticeship framework delivery list.

  8. Published the updated version of apprenticeship framework delivery list.

  9. Updated information on apprenticeship framework withdrawals.

  10. Updated apprenticeship framework delivery list.

  11. Published guidance for Issuing Authorities.

  12. Updated apprenticeship framework delivery list.

  13. Updated information about the latest batch of apprenticeship withdrawals.

  14. Updated information about the latest batch of apprenticeship withdrawals.

  15. Updated list of apprenticeship frameworks that will be withdrawn for new starts.

  16. We are asking for feedback on the withdrawal of the fourth batch of apprenticeship frameworks.

  17. Updated list of apprenticeship frameworks to be removed as part of the apprenticeship reform programme.

  18. Added information about the consultation on the withdrawal of the third batch of apprenticeship frameworks.

  19. We have now published a second batch of 60 apprenticeship frameworks that we will withdraw for new starts from 1 December 2016. These frameworks had a low number of reported starts in the 2014 to 2015 and the 2015 to 2016 funding years or have provision covered by developing apprenticeship standards. This change will not affect those apprentices currently completing their apprenticeship on these frameworks.

  20. First published.

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