In March 2015, the Dept of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) gave the Children, Young People and Families Apprenticeship Trailblazer group the go ahead to begin work.

Supported by over 85 employers including local authorities, NHS employers and private and voluntary sector organisations of all sizes, the employer core group began the development of the standards within Children, Young People And Families Work.

There are two apprenticeship standards that have now been developed and approved  by the Dept of Business Innovation and Skills:

The standards are a statement of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that would be expected from a competent apprentice.  


Qualifications attached to the standards:

Please note that the following qualifications are the ones that have now been agreed to be included within the apprenticeships:

Children, Young People and Family Practitioner

Option 1  Residential Children's Care Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare

Option 2  Practitioner in the Community. The intention is to develop a Certificate in Higher Education in working with Children Young People and Families, that is fit for purpose, within the next 9 to 12 months

Children, Young People and Family Manager

Option 1  Children's Residential Care Manager  Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare

Option 2  Children and Young People and Families Manager in the Community Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care

 Work is underway with a group of HEI's to advise on the development of the new Certificate in Higher Education.  However, it will be up to individual employers who want to run the apprenticeship, to approach their local HEI's and ask them to develop the qualification that will meet the standards. 

 The second phase of the approval of the apprenticeship standards process is to develop the Assessment Plan for each of the standards.  Just to clarify, whilst the apprenticeship does have a qualification attached to it, reaching the apprenticeship standard involves more than that.   There has to be  an end test that is independently assessed and the details of this will be in the assessment plan.  Obviously there have to be formative assessments during the apprenticeship but BIS only want details of the end point assessment.  However, there will be an outline of the proposed formative assessment within the assessment plan. 


Timescales:  It's difficult to give exact timescales but the employer group are hoping to start these apprenticeships somewhere between September 2016 to Jan 2017, dependent upon approval by the Dept. of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).


Costs. In 2016-17 funding for apprenticeships will be on the basis of a  2/3 BIS contribution and 1/3rd employer contribution, up to a cap amount on the funding.   The cap will be agreed as part of the approval for the assessment process.  Beyond 2017 the levy announced in the Nov 2015 spending review will be the means of funding for apprenticeships in the future, but details are not yet available  on how this will work in practice.  However, as all large employers, including local authorities, will be mandated to pay the levy, it would make sense to see what benefits can be drawn down in funding these apprenticeships.




You can follow the progress of the work and find out further details on the ADCS website.