The government will establish a new Institute of Apprenticeships to regulate the quality of apprenticeships which will be led by an independent chair, supported by a small board made up primarily of employers, business leaders and their representatives. The body will also support the work of BIS and DfE in setting a cap on the level of funding available for each apprenticeship standard. The body will be established by April 2017.

 

The Institute of Apprenticeships will put in place transparent mechanisms for the approval of apprenticeship standards and assessment plans, and maintain clear quality criteria so that only standards that are valued by employers will be approved and funded. The body will use data showing the take-up of apprenticeships by employers and the concrete wage returns to apprentices to review the effectiveness and quality of standards over time.