About Apprenticeship Standards (Trailblazers), and Frameworks in England

Apprenticeships in construction follow a pattern of vocational training to meet the requirements of a ConstructionSkills' approved framework

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Apprenticeship Standards in construction follow a pattern of vocational training meeting Gateway requirements which also includes English and Maths. This is then followed by practical and knowledge testing to complete the apprenticeship.

Information regarding last day for registrations onto Apprenticeship Frameworks

Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3) – view (PDF, 165KB)

Apprenticeship definition for Standards (Trailblazer) 

The Standard that the apprentice must achieve covers knowledge, skills and behaviours. The apprentice will follow a programme of vocation training to meet a Gateway that is defined in the End-Point Assessment Plan. Once the Gateway requirements have been met then knowledge and practical tests must be achieved to prove competence. 

  • Gateway
  • Knowedge test
  • Practical test

Apprenticeship Standards (Trailblazers)

For information on Apprenticeship Standards (Trailblazers) please look on the Institute for Apprenticeships (IFA) website, where you can find out how to develop standards and assessment plans and apprenticeships as well as see all the approved standards.

Training specifications to support Apprenticeship Standards (Trailblazers)  approved for delivery

This document provides the detail of the skills and knowledge that an apprentice must attain and demonstrate prior to attempting the End-Point Assessment.

This training specification will be rigorous and demanding to meet the ongoing needs of the industry.

Bricklayer Level 2 Trailblazer Apprenticeship On-Programme Training Specification August 2018 version 1.3 - view (PDF, 853KB)

Carpentry and Joinery in Construction Level 2 Trailblazer Apprenticeship On-Programme Training Specification September 2018 version 1 - view (PDF, 267KB)

Advanced Carpentry and Joinery in Construction Level 2 Trailblazer Apprenticeship On-Programme Training Specification September 2018 version 1 - view (PDF, 256KB)

Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative Apprenticeship at Level 2 Trailblazer Apprenticeship On-Programme Training Specification October 2018 version 1 -view (PDF, 107 KB)

Scaffolding Apprenticeship Level 2 CISRS On-Programme Training Specification Training Specification - view (PDF, 201KB)

How CITB can support the development process

By invitation CITB is able to support employer development groups in the following:

  • Transition of existing Apprenticeships to meet the new Apprenticeship Standards criteria
  • Development of new Apprenticeships

By invitation, CITB can support employers through the development process. For further information on developing Apprenticeship Standards and how CITB can support this process please contact us by emailing standards.qualifications 

Sector Plan Report

The Sector Plan (PDF, 226KB) shows all Apprenticeship Standard (Trailblazer) activity across Construction and the Built Environment.

The first section shows a summary of the report plus a table of apprenticeships that are ready for delivery and their allocated funding bands.

The main part of the report highlights the current Construction Related Apprenticeships in Development.

The final section gives an indication of occupations which are in the early stages of preparing for Apprenticeship development activity.

If you have any questions about this report please contact us on standards.qualifications or visit the Have your Say page.

CITB Apprenticeships (Frameworks)

Framework definition as defined by the Construction Industry:

An apprenticeship in construction is a form of vocational training whereby the apprentice follows a ConstructionSkills' approved framework to develop skills and knowledge and who would then demonstrate and evidence their application in a construction environment.  In order to complete a Construction Apprenticeship the apprentice must have been employed during the apprenticeship, have evidenced competence in the specified range of vocational skills and have an employed status at the time of completion.

Apprenticeship framework for - Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3), Technical (Level 3) and Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4 and above) in:

  • Construction Building
  • Construction Civil Engineering
  • Construction Specialist
  • Construction Technical
  • Construction Higher

The Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3) and Technical (Level 3) apprenticeships have been meeting the needs of employers since the mid 1990’s. The introduction of the Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4 and above) will encourage recruitment from a more diverse pool of talent and improve management and leadership skills.

The apprenticeships at Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3), Technical (Level 3) and Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4 and above) have been developed to help meet the skills priorities of the industry and for England by:

  • continuing to provide qualifications required by employers to help their business grow
  • providing a flexible entry route to attract applicants from under-represented groups
  • including literacy, numeracy, problem solving and employability skills to develop the confidence of apprentices to take with them throughout their working life
  • meeting the requirements of the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE).

Component parts of the framework also include:

Transferable Skills as published in the Apprenticeship Framework online (AFO) for:

  • Functional Skills in English, Math’s and Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills as published in the AFO

Apprenticeship Framework Online (AFO)

After 31 August 2014 an English Issuing Authority:

  •  must not issue any new English Apprenticeship framework; 
  • must not amend any English Apprenticeship framework to create a new pathway;  
  • may amend an issued English Apprenticeship framework or pathway where there is a compelling reason to do so.

Copy of the process for apprencticeship framework online applications  (PDF, 146 KB)

If you have any queries regarding the process for apprenticeship framework online applications then please email standards.qualifications@citb.co.uk

For information on Apprenticeship Frameworks that meet the national standards for England and Wales Apprenticeship Framework Online

If you have any queries regarding Apprenticeship Completion Certifications for ACE please telephone the  Helpline: 08448 752274 option 2 or email at frameworksCB@citb.co.uk

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