Specialist Applied-skills Programmes (SAP)
SAPs are developed through partnerships with trade associations, federations and employers in specialist sectors. These apprentice programmes contain all the ingredients for a fully validated apprentice programme leading to a Vocational Qualification (NVQ/SVQ).
These new entrant programmes are currently the only source of CITB grant recognised new entrant training for the sectors involved (until any trailblazer apprenticeships may become available).
New entrants must have a full-time contract of direct employment with a levy registered employer. There are no upper age restriction, 16+ years; however, employer preference tends to be 18+ years.
On-Site Assessment and Training (OSAT)
The latest way of judging by a set criteria, the competence of skilled workers. NSAC undertakes both NVQs and SVQ assessments, nationally.
Assessments are carried out at levels 2 and 3 by occupational experts, fully trained to the latest assessor qualifications and linked to NSAC.
NSAC works across all four nations in the United Kingdom and can be contacted in England, Wales and Northern Ireland through: