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Apprenticeship Reforms

Apprenticeship standards are replacing SASE apprenticeship frameworks, as part of wider apprenticeship reform across England. 

New apprenticeship standards, developed by groups of employers (known as trailblazers), are being launched and replacing the old frameworks, which are all expected to be switched off by 2020.

These changes are accompanied by major apprenticeship funding reform, with the introduction of the apprenticeship levy from April 2017. 

  • EAL has been at the heart of new apprenticeship standards development, supporting employer trailblazer development groups for key industry occupations since 2013, when the reforms began.

    With our long-standing tradition of being closer to industry and designing qualifications that reflect this close partnership, EAL is perfectly positioned to guide the employer development groups’ work. Our expertise, knowledge and support ensures the new standards meet the needs of all employers, from SMEs to multinationals, and provide learners with the best possible start to their careers.

    With the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, EAL is ensuring that employers in the industries we support will be able to get the very best return on their investment in apprenticeship standards.
  • The assessment plan outlines how an apprentice can expect to be assessed against the apprenticeship standard, including what they need to have achieved to apply for their apprenticeship completion certificate.

    It explains what will be assessed, how it will be assessed and who will conduct the assessment. A range of assessment methods can be used such as a viva, practical and/or knowledge assessments, observation of performance, presentations and completion of a work portfolio.

    The apprenticeship assessment must:
    • Have an independently assessed end–point assessment, carried out by an organisation on the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations (RoAAo)
    • Be graded eg pass, merit and distinction
    • Deliver consistent, reliable and valid judgements
    • Set out internal and external quality assurance processes
  • All apprenticeships have training and assessment throughout the duration of the programme and all must now contain an end-point assessment (EPA).

    This forms the final stage of the apprenticeship and is separate to any qualifications or other assessment that the apprentice may undertake during training. It is designed to assess whether an apprentice has met the requirements of the apprenticeship standard and is fully competent in their occupational role.

    The end-point assessment must be conducted by a registered assessment organisation that is independent from the apprentice's training provider and/or employer, to ensure everyone following the same apprenticeship standard is assessed consistently.

    Only organisations on the Skills Funding Agency's Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations (RoAAo) are eligible to conduct the end-point assessment of apprentices. Employers can choose which organisation on the register to work with.

    The end-point assessment is described in each apprenticeship standard's assessment plan.
  • We are applying to offer end-point assessments for standards in our core sectors as they become available and will publish them on this page once they are announced. (We are currently endorsed to deliver end-point assessment for dual fuel smart metering and project management, with further approvals expected soon).

    As the specialist awarding organisation for industry, we've been at the forefront of supporting employers to develop new apprenticeship standards at every stage, including assessment plan development. By choosing EAL as your apprentice assessment organisation you'll benefit from:
    • Unrivalled support and expertise from end-point assessment experts who are time served in your occupational area.
    • A wealth of expertise in quality assuring delivery and assessment, that builds on our unique understanding of employer skills needs in our core sectors.
    • A flexible and responsive solutions-based service, with the first rate level of customer service that EAL is renowned for.

Which Apprenticeship Standards Contain EAL Qualifications?

EAL is developing many new qualifications for apprenticeship standards. Click on the tabs below to see which are currently ready for delivery and which standards EAL is an approved end-point assessment organisation for. (The list will be updated as new qualifications are launched and further End Point Assessment approvals are granted). 



  • Apprenticeship Standard Name and .Gov Link EAL Qualification Name

    EAL Qual. Number and Specification Link

    Aerospace Engineer Level 6

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (Foundation Competence) 601/7289/7
    EAL Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence) 601/8618/5

    Aerospace Software Development Engineer Level 6

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (Foundation Competence) 601/7289/7

    EAL Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence) 601/8618/5

  • Apprenticeship Standard Name and .Gov Link

    Qualifications

    Is EAL approved to deliver end-point assessment?
    Dual Fuel Meter Installer Level 2

    Qualifications are not mandatory in the apprenticeship standard.

    In order to progress to the end-point assessment the apprentice will need to be assessed against and achieve registration on the Gas Safe® Register and Meter Operators Code of Practice Agreement (MOCoPA). 

    YES


  • Apprenticeship Standard Name and .Gov Link

    EAL Qualification Name

    EAL Qual. Number and Specification Link

    Manufacturing Engineer Level 6

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence) 601/7179/0

    EAL Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence) 601/8618/5

  • Apprenticeship Standard Name and .Gov Link

    EAL Qualification Name

    EAL Qual. Number and Specification Link

    Product Design and Development Engineer Level 6

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence) 601/7179/0

    EAL Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence) 601/8618/5

  • Apprenticeship Standard Name and .Gov Link

    EAL Qualification Name

    Is EAL approved to deliver end-point assessment?
    Associate Project Manager Level 4

    EAL Level 4 Diploma in Project Management

    YES
    Please note - Apprentices are required to achieve a suitable level of knowledge as part of their development, so that they achieve an IPMA Level D qualification prior to their end-point assessment.

    The Level 4 Diploma in Project Management is not a mandatory requirement of the apprenticeship standard. However, it is a qualification many employers are still demanding as a bolt-on to further enhance learners' knowledge, skills and understanding. Further information on this qualification can be found here.
  • Apprenticeship Standard Name and .Gov Link

    EAL Qualification Name

    EAL Qual. Number and Specification Link

    Control/Technical Support Engineer Level 6

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)

    601/7179/0

    EAL Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence) 601/8618/5

    Electrical/Electronic Technical Support Engineer Level 6

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence) 601/7179/0

    EAL Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence) 601/8618/5

Engineering Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

The Engineering Technician Level 3 apprenticeship standard is a cross-sector apprenticeship which subsumes the following thirteen existing standards:

SSD2214 Eng Tech Lvl 3 App Standard Charts-v1 EAL

It means that engineering technicians in the aerospace, aviation automotive, maritime defence and wider advanced manufacturing and engineering sector can now use one standard and assessment plan at Level 3, the Engineering Technician apprenticeship standard has one funding cap and one End Point Assessment model to cover the thirteen occupations. 

The benefits of this approach are:

  • Simplification and less confusion over the choice of standard
  • Economies of scale
  • Every apprentice develops a baseline of core engineering knowledge and skills - supporting transferability across the business and the wider engineering sector
  • A more flexible workforce with the ability to build upon that common baseline of core engineering knowledge and skills as business needs change
  • A reduction in the proliferation of standards

Click here to download the Engineering Technician Level 3 apprenticeship standard.

EAL qualifications form part of the mandatory qualifications for the Engineering Technician apprenticeship standard. Click on the tabs below to see which job roles include our qualifications.

  • Role Profile

    EAL Qualification Name

    EAL Qual. Number and Specification Link

    Aerospace Manufacturing Fitter

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (Foundation Competence)

    601/7289/7

    EAL Level 3 Diploma Aerospace Manufacturing (Development Competence)

    603/0051/6

    Aerospace Manufacturing Electrical/Mechanical and Systems Fitter

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (Foundation Competence)

    601/7289/7

    EAL Level 3 Diploma in Aerospace Manufacturing (Development Competence)

    601/0051/6

    Aircraft Maintenance Fitter/Technician (Fixed and Rotary)  

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (Foundation Competence)

    601/7289/7



    EAL Level 3 Diploma in Aviation Maintenance (Development Competence)

    603/0372/4

  • Role

    EAL Qualification Name

    EAL Qual. Number and Specification Link

    Machinist – Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)

    601/7179/0

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Machining (Foundation Knowledge)

    601/9034/6

    EAL Level 3 AME – Machinist (Development Competence)

    603/1034/0

    EAL Level 3 Machinist Knowledge (Development Knowledge)

    603/1033/9

    Mechatronics Maintenance Technician

    EAL Level 2 in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)

    601/7179/0

    EAL Level 2 Award for Foundation Phase Gateway Assessment

    601/9035/8

    EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering – Mechatronics Maintenance Technician (Development Competence)

    601/8875/3

    Level 3 Development Knowledge

    603/1354/7

    Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge) 603/1353/5
    Product Design and Development Technician

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)

    601/7179/0



    EAL Level 2 Award for Foundation Phase Gateway Assessment

    601/9035/8

    EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering – Product Design and Development Technician (Development Competence)

    603/0926/X

    Level 3 Development Knowledge

    601/1354/7

    Toolmaker and Tool and Die Maintenance Technician

    EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)

    601/7179/0



    EAL Level 3 Diploma in AME – Toolkmaker & Tool and Die Maintenance Technician (Development Competence) – under development

    603/1221/X

    Level 3 Development Knowledge qualification - under development

    601/1354/7

What Apprenticeship Standards Have Been Developed?

More standards are being continually launched as the programme of reform progresses.

To view all the new and in development apprenticeship standards go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeship-standards

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