Before you propose

Before you propose a framework, you will need to think about why it is needed and how to take your idea forward.

Use this checklist to help you to consider:

  • why the framework is needed
  • if a new framework is required or if an exisiting one could be adapted to meet your needs
  • the statutory requirements in England and Wales
  • the process used to develop a framework
  • whether you need help from a framework expert.

Check the statutory requirements

Download the SASE and guidance for England and the SASW and guidance for Wales.

Steps to consider before you Propose a Framework: 6 Step Flowchart

1: Framework Demand

Is there evidence of demand from employers for an Apprenticeship framework that will be used to address a skills gap or shortage in the sector? Framework experts can help you because they carry out research to identify future qualification needs of employers.

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Go the Glossary of Terms for a definition of skills gaps and shortages and other terms.

2: Existing Frameworks

Does one exist which either fully or partially meets your skills need?

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Check our Framework Library to search by sector and level

3: Frameworks Outcome

Do the outcomes of your proposed framework contain the same/similar qualifications as an existing framework?

4: Statutory Requirements

Have you checked that your new framework will meet the statutory requirements of the SASE and SASW?

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Download the SASE and guidance for England and the SASW and guidance for Wales.

5: Process

Check out the framework development process so that you can decide if you need support you might need from framework expert

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Check the Framework Development Process for a process overview.

6: Contact

Contact a framework expert to explore your needs before proposing a framework so that you can express an interest.

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