Apprenticeship Frameworks: England
Section 13: English issuing authority
54.This section enables the Secretary of State to designate a person to issue recognised English apprenticeship frameworks relating to a particular sector. However, this would still allow Sector Skills Councils and other sector bodies to issue frameworks over more than one sector. A person designated under this section is referred to as “the English issuing authority”. Subsection (2) provides that there is to be only one person authorised to issue frameworks for a particular apprenticeship sector. The Government’s intention is that, in England, frameworks will be issued by Sector Skills Councils working in partnership with Standard Setting Bodies. Subsection (3) requires a person authorised to issue apprenticeship frameworks to comply with directions and guidance given by the Secretary of State in carrying out this function.
Section 14: Issue: England
55.This section allows the English issuing authority to issue apprenticeship frameworks only if the authority is satisfied that the framework meets the requirements of the specification of apprenticeship standards for England. Recognised English frameworks will remain current until withdrawn. Subsection (2) allows a recognised English framework to be withdrawn at any time by the English issuing authority or, if the issuing authority has ceased to exist, by the Secretary of State.
Section 15: Recognised English frameworks: notification and publication
56.This section requires the English issuing authority to publish recognised English frameworks which it issues and to notify the Chief Executive of Skills Funding of the issue of a framework and send him a copy of the framework. Subsection (3) requires a person withdrawing a framework to publish notice of this and to advise the Chief Executive of Skills Funding of the withdrawal. Subsection (4) permits the English certifying authority to publish a recognised English framework or a notice of withdrawal however it chooses; but the effect of section 13(3) is that in doing so the English certifying authority would still be required to have regard to guidance from the Secretary of State.
Section 16: Submission of draft framework for issue: England
57.This section sets out the procedure when individuals and organisations submit a draft apprenticeship framework to the English issuing authority, and request that it be published as a framework. If the authority decides not to issue the framework in the form of a draft, it must give the individual or organisation who has submitted the draft reasons for its decision. The authority can require the individual or organisation to provide information which it needs to assess the framework against the specification of apprenticeship standards for England. In practice, this section will be relevant when learning providers and employers submit new draft apprenticeship frameworks, for occupations or sectors which do not have a framework in place.
Section 17: Transitional provision: England
58.This section enables the Secretary of State to make an order providing that a framework already existing as at the date when section 14 comes into force is to be treated as if it were a framework issued under section 14 (a “deemed framework”). This would enable a person to enter into an apprenticeship agreement relating to a framework of this type. The effect of subsection (4), though, is that an order under this section will not be able to permit a person to enter into a first apprenticeship agreement, in relation to an order of this type, after the date specified in that subsection, which is no later than the day after the day that is the school leaving date for 2013. This will provide a reasonable period for deemed frameworks to continue while arrangements are made to issue new frameworks under the specification of apprenticeship standards for England. If new frameworks are issued before that date that would replace deemed frameworks, the Government intends to withdraw the deemed framework. Subsection (3) sets out provision which an order under this section must include.