What is a framework?

An Apprenticeship framework:

  • is a document which covers all the statutory requirements for an Apprenticeship programme in England or Wales
  • is used by colleges, employers and training providers to make sure that all Apprenticeship programmes are delivered consistently and therefore to national standards, no matter where in England and Wales the Apprenticeship takes place
  • includes the names of all qualifications and what each qualification is worth (their “ credit value”)
  • gives guidance on how to get onto an Apprenticeship programme, the time it will take and career paths available after an Apprenticeship.

Frameworks cover hundreds of occupations. To find out more about which frameworks are available visit the Frameworks library.

Find out more about the statutory requirements of frameworks for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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