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  CSCS outlines trailblazer policy for apprenticeships

CSCS outlines trailblazer policy for apprenticeships

2 July 2017 Email this article

CSCS has set out its policy for accepting the Government's Apprenticeship Trailblazer Standards, as a route to obtaining the relevant skilled worker card.

This policy has been developed in line with the changing apprenticeship system in England. The employer-led 'Trailblazer' Standards will replace the current Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE apprenticeships) with the first new apprenticeships, known as Trailblazer Standards, by the end of 2020.

Employers can define the content of the Trailblazer Standards and can work with the Institute for Apprenticeships (IFA) to choose whether to include a mandatory qualification, such as an N/SVQ. Trailblazer Standards which are developed without a mandatory NVQ will require early discussions with CSCS to discuss its recognition for the purpose of issuing a card. The Group will then have to demonstrate that its Apprenticeship can be considered as being equivalent to a relevant construction National Occupational Standard (NOS) and its associated N/SVQ Recommended Qualification Structure (RQS).