The Institute is responsible for ensuring that high-quality apprenticeships and technical education are available to learners.
Route reviews help us to do this. They are an opportunity for the Institute to take a strategic look across the route and the occupations within it as well as reviewing whether technical education programmes such as apprenticeships, T levels and higher technical qualification, are relevant and up to date, and deliver for employers and learners.
All route reviews were postponed in March due to COVID-19 but as more employers are returning to work the Institute feels that this is the right time to restart these route reviews and the Institute is looking forward to engaging and consulting with hundreds of employers on the future of apprenticeships and wider technical education.
We know that employers, providers, awarding organisations, and the Institute have developed more resilient ways of doing business, so despite future uncertainties, we feel we can restart this important work and see it through to completion for the benefit of employers and learners. The first reviews to resume will cover the hair and beauty; creative and design; agriculture, environmental and animal care; and engineering and manufacturing occupational routes.
Review of the creative and design route
The review of the occupational map and apprenticeship standards for the creative and design route commenced on 31 July 2019.
The standards in scope for the review are:
- ST0055 - Bespoke tailor and cutter
- ST0395 – Watchmaker
- ST0383 - Spectacle maker
- ST0285 - Junior journalist
- ST0342 - Outside broadcast engineer
- ST0256 - Live event rigger
- ST0346 - Assistant technical director - visual effects
- ST0347 - Junior 2D artist - visual effects
- ST0341 - Broadcast production assistant
- ST0106 - Creative venue technician
- ST0105 - Junior content producer
- ST0328 - Bespoke saddler
- ST0382 - Organ builder
- ST0255 - Live event technician
- ST0532 - Publishing assistant
The consultation for this route closed on 24 September 2019. We are currently reviewing the feedback from this consultation, the occupational map and assessing the standards against the Institute’s approval criteria.
We will be publishing the recommendations for the creative and design route review in winter at a virtual event where stakeholders from across the further education sector, employers, trailblazers and apprentices will be able to attend to discuss how we have reached our recommendations and the next steps. We will be announcing dates and further information on the website shortly.
If you have any questions about this review or have any further feedback, please contact us.
Our route reviews are:
- Focussed – our review will focus strategically on the route, the occupational map and apprenticeships in scope. The outcomes of the review may highlight changes which are required to the apprenticeships and the aligned assessment plans.
- Employer-led – responses from our consultation and engagement with employers will inform our recommendations. The recommendations will be reviewed by the Institute’s route panel.
- Open and transparent – we will engage with stakeholders throughout the review process and following the review recommendations will agree on a suitable timetable for trailblazers to update apprenticeships
- Joined up – our review will ensure the recommendations support the different technical education products, such as T Levels and higher technical qualifications
The following criteria are used to determine which apprenticeships are in scope for the review:
- apprenticeships which were approved for delivery prior to the establishment of the Institute in April 2017 and have not been significantly updated since
- apprenticeships where concerns have been raised over the content
- apprenticeships that did not comply with the Institute’s occupational requirements