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The Institute for Apprenticeships ensures high-quality apprenticeship standards and advises government on funding for each standard.

The institute is employer-led with an independent chair who leads a board of employers, business leaders and their representatives, to ensure employers continue to drive apprenticeship quality to the highest level.

Their main functions are:

  • developing and maintaining quality criteria for the approval of apprenticeship standards and assessment plans
  • supporting the development of standards and assessment plans by employer groups, reviewing and approving them
  • publishing approved standards and assessment plans
  • advising on the maximum amount of government funding that can be drawn down by employers for individual apprenticeship standards
  • quality assuring the delivery of apprentice end-point assessments, where employer groups have been unable to propose other arrangements
  • ensuring that all end-point assessments are quality assured


In 2017 to 2018 they aim to:

  • build the confidence of employers, apprentices and government on the quality of apprenticeships
  • publish our first operational plan
  • lead action on improving quality
  • advise the Secretary of State for Education on the allocation of standards to funding bands
  • prepare for our new technical education remit in April 2018

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