Frameworks, SASE and ACE
An Apprenticeship framework:
- is a document which covers all the statutory requirements for an Apprenticeship programme in England
- 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 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.
View the latest frameworks
Apprenticeship Frameworks Online (AFO) contains detailed information on all of the Apprenticeship frameworks currently available. Information it contains includes;
- Framework ID, issue number and issue date
- Contact details for the issuing authority
- Purpose of the framework
- Levels and job roles
- Detailed framework document (in PDF format)
View the Apprenticeship frameworks library »
Note: Apprenticeship Frameworks Online (AFO) contains information on both publicly funded and non-funded frameworks with England and Wales. The National Apprenticeship Service only supports frameworks which are publicly funded.
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The Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) sets out the minimum requirements to be included in a recognised English Apprenticeship framework. Compliance with the SASE is a statutory requirement of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning (ASCL) Act.
This has meant that all Apprenticeship framework in England have been reviewed by the issuing authority and amended where necessary to ensure the framework is SASE compliant.
Find out more about SASE »
Employers and other organisations can now propose new frameworks to meet a business need or gap, which could either be developed from scratch or be adapted from an existing framework.
Find out more about proposing frameworks »
Apprenticeship Certificates England (ACE)
New Apprenticeship Declaration and Authorisation Form
The Apprenticeships, Skills Children and Learning Act 2009 requires that apprentices must apply for their apprenticeship completion certificate. Where the application is facilitated by a third party, there must be evidence that this was done at the specific request of the apprentice. Apprentices must also provide all of the appropriate evidence to support their claim for an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate.
After consultation with AELP and AoC Version 2 of the Apprenticeship Declaration and Authorisation Form has been launched on 01 January 2013 for use by an individual apprentice or a third party, in most instances a learning provider authorised to claim the apprenticeship completion certificate on behalf of the apprentice.
Immediate use of version 2 of the form would be preferable however version 1 of the form that had been piloted in 2012 can continue to be used up until 28 February 2013 in this recognised transition period; as from 1 March 2013 version 2 only will be accepted.
View/downloand Version 2 of the form
Guidance notes on how to complete version 2 of the Apprenticeship Declaration and Authorisation Form and the evidence required are available on the Sector Skills Councils Alliance website
Last Updated: 07/04/2014