Crown Commercial Service

Apprenticeship Training: new standards and open courses

An update from CCS on the new standards and open courses currently available through the Apprenticeship Training framework.

The Apprenticeship Training and Related Services framework has been designed to help you meet your apprenticeship targets by giving you access to suppliers that can develop suitable apprenticeship training programmes for you, ensuring you can use your apprentice levy funds.

The framework has recently been extended for 12 months until 11 September 2019, and a number of new standards and open courses are now available.

New standards

The following standards have been added to the framework:

  • Lot 7 (a and b): Digital
    • QA has added Level 3 Software Development Technician and Level 3 Infrastructure Technician
    • Estio has added Level 3 Software Development Technician, Level 3 Infrastructure Technician, Level 3 Digital Marketer and Level 4 Software Tester
  • Lot 10b: Higher Level Leadership and Management
    • The Open University has added Level 7 Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship
    • Ashridge has added Level 7 (Online) Executive Masters in Management and Leadership
  • Lot 11 (a and b): Business and Administration
    • Knowledgepool has added Level 4 Policy Officer

View a full list of all available standards.

Case studies

Barking, Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust has used the framework to appoint GP Strategies to build their IT capabilities through apprenticeships. Read the full case study

Open courses

Open courses are ideal if you only have a small number of apprentices to train, as these courses are available for any organisation to join. The following courses are currently available through our framework suppliers. If there is only one course that meets your needs please contact the supplier directly for further details. If there is more than one course you will need to run a further competition. Please get in touch for further details.

Lot 1b: Leadership and Management

GP Strategies has intakes for the first and third Monday every month for Team Leader/Supervisor Level 3 and Operational Department Manager Level 5. Please email apprenticeshipsUK@gpstrategies.com for further details.

Lifetime Training Group has Team Leader/Supervisor Level 3 (unlimited places with an anytime start) and Operational Department Manager Level 5 (16-20 places per monthly start) courses available nationwide. Please email hayley.barrett@Lifetimetraining.co.uk for further details.

Lot 2b: Project Management

Interserve has a Level 4 Associate Project Manager 18 month programme available for the following start dates. Please email coordinator.helpdesk@interserve.com for further details:

  • 6 September, London, 16 places
  • 4 October, Manchester, 20 places
  • 1 November, Sheffield, 19 places

Babington offers a Level 4 Associate Project Manager open programme, with start dates operating on a roll-on/roll-off basis. Please email leadhub@babingtongroup.co.uk for further details.

Lot 3b: Operational Delivery

GP Strategies has intakes for the first and third Monday every month Operational Delivery Officer Level 3. Please email apprenticeshipsUK@gpstrategies.com for further details.

Lot 4b: Human Resources

BPP Education has the following courses available to start on 15 October (enrolment deadline 3 September): Level 3 HR Support and Level 5 HR Consultant. Please email BenLambert@bpp.com for further details.

Lot 5b: Finance and Tax

Babington (in partnership with Grant Thornton) offer courses in Level 7 Professional Accounting on the following start dates. Please email leadhub@babingtongroup.co.uk for further details:

  • CIMA, operational level, 1 October
  • CIMA, certificate level, 19 November
  • ACCA, applied skills, 19 November
  • ACCA, applied knowledge, 17 December
  • CIMA, operational level, 7 January 2019
  • CIMA, management level, 28 January 2019

Babington also has Level 3 Assistant Accountant (AAT) and Level 4 Professional Accounting/Taxation Technician (AAT) open programmes (in partnership with Grant Thornton), with start dates operating on a roll-on/roll-off basis.

BPP Education has the following courses available across England. Please email BenLambert@bpp.com for further details:

  • Professional Accounting Taxation Technician Standard Level 4  (ACCA/CIMA/CFAB Pathways), 2 October start date, 21 August enrolment deadline
  • Accountancy / Taxation Professional Standard Level 7 – CIMA and ICEAW pathways (36, 30, 24, 18 months), 27 November start date, 9 October enrolment deadline
  • Assistant Accountant Standard Level 3  (AAT Level 2 and 3), 27 November start date, 9 October enrolment deadline
  • Assistant Accountant Standard Level 3 (AAT Level 3 Pathway), 27 November start date, 9 October enrolment deadline
  • Professional Accounting Taxation Technician Standard Level 4 – (AAT Pathway), 28 November start date, 9 October enrolment deadline
  • Accountancy / Taxation Professional Standard Level 7 – ACCA Pathway (36, 30, 24, 18 months), 18 December start date, 13 November enrolment deadline

Lot 6b: Higher Level Digital

BPP Education has Level 6 Digital & Technology Solutions Professional Degree available with a start date of 1 October (enrolment deadline 20 August). Please email BenLambert@bpp.com for further details.

GP Strategies has intakes for the first and third Monday every month for the following courses. Please email apprenticeshipsUK@gpstrategies.com for further details:

  • Software Developer Level 4
  • Network Engineer Level 4
  • Data Analyst Level 4
  • Cyber Security Technologist Level 4
  • Cyber Intrusion Analyst Level 4
  • IS Business Analyst Level 4
  • IT Application Specialist Framework Level 2
  • IT Application Specialist Framework Level 3
  • IT Software, Web, Telecoms Professionals Framework Level 2
  • IT Software, Web, Telecoms Professionals Framework Level 3
  • IT Software, Web, Telecoms Professionals Framework Level 4

The Open University has Level 6 Digital & Technology Solutions Professional Degree available with a start date of 6 October (enrolment deadline 17 August). Please email BDU-tenders@open.ac.uk for further details.

Lot 8b: Customer Service

GP Strategies has intakes for the first and third Monday every month for the following courses. Please email apprenticeshipsUK@gpstrategies.com for further details:

  • Customer Service Practitioner Level 2
  • Customer Service Specialist Level 3
  • Customer Service Framework Level 3

Lifetime Training Group has the following courses available nationwide. Please email hayley.barrett@Lifetimetraining.co.uk for further details:

  • Customer Service Practitioner Level 2, anytime start, unlimited places
  • Customer Service Specialist Level 3, September start, unlimited places
  • Customer Service Framework Level 3, anytime start, unlimited places

Lot 9a and 9b: Commercial

Knowledgepool has previously advertised open courses for the Commercial Procurement and Supply programme, with a cohort due to start in August. There is potential to run further open courses from October. To register your interest or find out more please email publicsectorapprenticeships@knowledgepool.com

Lot 10b: Higher Level Leadership and Management

Ashridge has Level 7 (online) Executive Masters in Management and Leadership available for 1 October start (31 August enrolment deadline). Please email apprenticeships@ashridge.hult.edu for further details. As part of the programme launch, Ashridge is hosting a webinar and Q&A session on 16 August from 3.30 to 4.15pm. Register to attend.

The Open University has the following courses available. Please email BDU-tenders@open.ac.uk for further details:

  • Level 6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, 6 October start, 17 August enrolment deadline
  • Level 7 Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship, 3 November start, 14 September enrolment deadline

Lot 11b: Business and Administration Apprenticeship Training and Related Services

GP Strategies has intakes for Business Administration Framework Level 2, 3 and 4 and Business Administrator Level 3 on the first and third Monday every month. Please email apprenticeshipsUK@gpstrategies.com for further details.

Lifetime Training Group has the following courses Business Administration Framework Level 2, 3 and 4 available nationwide for an anytime start. Please email hayley.barrett@Lifetimetraining.co.uk for further details.

Lot 12b: Property

UCEM has the following courses available. Please email businessdevelopment@ucem.ac.uk for further details:

  • Level 3 Surveying Technician, 1 October start, 20 August enrolment deadline
  • Level 6 Chartered Surveyor, 1 October start, 20 August enrolment deadline and 1 April 2019 start, 4 February 2019 enrolment deadline

Get in touch

If we can help you further with your apprenticeship training needs please get in touch: