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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

Apprenticeships: what is changing?

A major reform of apprenticeships by the government will result in two major changes.

The first change is the introduction of a new apprenticeship levy, which underpins the government’s new approach.

The levy, which came into effect on April 6, requires any organisation with a pay bill of £3 million to contribute. An organisation can then draw this down to pay to train new apprentices.

The levy will be collected monthly by HMRC and is based on 0.5% of an organisation’s wage bill. If you don’t use your allowance within 18 months it is written off. You can find more about the levy and how it is calculated here.

The second major change is the introduction of a new set of standards which we worked with the government, in partnership with other housing organisations, to create.

The new standards

These new apprenticeship standards are targeted at specific job roles:

• Housing/property management assistant

• Housing/property management officer

• Senior housing/property officer.

For the first time they can be applied across both the social housing and private rented sector.

And the delivery of the standards is also changing significantly.

Whereas under the previous framework an apprentice worked towards a general qualification, the new standards require them to complete a bespoke package of training which leads them to a specific job role.

This is great news for housing organisations because it means they can use the new funding to bring through fresh talent in specific areas of their business.

To do this, organisations have to use the funding to pay a government-approved training provider to build a programme of training which will be completed both on the job and outside of work. This training can consist of a combination of online and face-to-face learning.

Assessment

Each apprentice must also complete a final practical examination, or end-point assessment, and their employer must also appoint an organisation to do this prior to them beginning their training.

The assessment comes in the form of a project or case study which demonstrates they have gained the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to be able to do their job.

The apprentice is then assessed by a panel made up by the employer, the training provider and an independent housing professional appointed by the assessment body.

Imagine the new process as learning to drive. The training programme is the learning part of this and the end-point assessment is the theory and practical tests rolled into one.

If you want to find out more about the changes to apprenticeships read our FAQs or contact us now.