BIG ISSUE: Apprenticeships

The latest news and features on apprenticeships, including the sector's first-ever Early years Educator apprenticeship standard, at Level 3.

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New Level 2 trailblazer group given go-ahead

A new trailblazer group has been set up to work on an apprenticeship standard at level 2.


Training - The new Level 3 apprenticeship

After five years of delays, the new Level 3 early years apprenticeship standard is finally here. So what’s new? Hannah Crown looks at the end-point assessment


Guide to: Level 3 apprenticeship standard

The sector’s first-ever Early Years Educator apprenticeship standard, at Level 3, has finally landed. Here’s a handy guide from Hannah Crown


Long-awaited Level 3 early years appenticeship standard approved

The much anticipated Level 3 early years apprenticeship standard has been approved for delivery.


Apprenticeship providers rail against Level 3 impasse

Training providers say they have lost faith in the Government to deliver the Level 3 apprenticeship standard – which has still not been produced five years after...


Training - New apprenticeship standards

The early years trailblazer group is now in its third incarnation, and is busy devising apprenticeship standards at Levels 5 and 6. Hannah Crown reports


Delay continues over Level 3 standard while new apprenticeship group is set up

A new trailblazer group has been set up to continue working on the early years apprenticeship standards, Nursery World has learned.


Apprenticeships latest: IfA claims it 'has worked collaboratively'

The Institute for Apprenticeships has responded to criticism that it is not listening to employers following the resignation of Busy Bees from the trailblazer group....


EXCLUSIVE: Busy Bees quits trailblazer group as 'process not employer-led'

Busy Bees has sensationally resigned from the chair of the early years trailblazer group after trying for 18 months to get the Level 3 apprenticeship standard released,...


Level 3 early years apprenticeship could receive £8,000 funding

The Level 3 Early Years Educator apprenticeship standard has now been approved, Nursery World can reveal, with increased funding in prospect.



Apprentice anguish

With the number of young people starting apprenticeships down by 40 per cent, it's a challenging time for employers, says Mark Dawe