Strict rules that apprenticeships cannot involve qualifications look set to be reversed, potentially unsticking a series of standards held up for years by the ban.
It’s expected that Apprenticeships will announce that qualifications, such as technical certificates that show evidence of knowledge, will be considered in the future.
Both existing qualifications and those in development will be covered in the rule change, representing a significant U-turn on previous guidance.
Current rules state that, except in “certain specific circumstances”, standards “should not incorporate qualifications”.
Exceptions exist where a qualification is a “licence to practise”, where one is required for professional registration, or if an apprentice’s career would be held back without it.
Last summer the rules were tightened to include a bar on allowing employer groups to submit a standard for approval if it includes a qualification that’s still in development