An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying assessment and skills development programme. It is a way forĀ individuals to earn while they learn, gaining valuable skills, competence and knowledge in a specificĀ job role. The apprentice gains this through a wide mix of learning experiences in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and through practising there new skills in a real-time work environment.


Frameworks are primarily qualification-focused. The main aim of a framework is for an apprentice to have achieved a competency-based qualification, such as a Diploma, NVQ, and/or a technical qualification.


Standards are occupation-focused; they are not generally qualification-led. Learning takes place throughout the apprenticeship and the apprentice is assessed through an independent End Point Assessment process. At End Point Assessment apprentices must demonstrate that they are competent to carry out all aspects of their job.