Trailblazers explained

New Apprenticeship Standards have replaced the government's previous apprenticeship frameworks, SASE/SASW frameworks, which will be completely phased out by 2019.

Now, employers and providers wanting to deliver apprenticeships must start on the new standards. ILM offers an end to end solution for management apprenticeships at the following levels:

New Trailblazer apprenticeship standards will contain the following elements:

  • On-programme training and learning

    On-the-job and off-the-job training and learning need to develop the apprentice’s knowledge, skills and behaviours.

    The key aspects include:

    • No mandatory requirement for qualifications (unless they’re a requirement such as a Licence to Practice (LTP), or are written into the Standard by the Trailblazer group)
    • All apprentices will be required to develop their Maths and English skills
    • Apprenticeships will cover behaviours, as well as knowledge and skills
  • Gateway to End Point Assessment

    Towards the end of the apprenticeship, employers and providers will ‘sign-off’ the apprentice as being ready for end-point assessment.

  • End Point Assessment

    End-point assessment is being introduced as the main assessment method for all Trailblazer Apprenticeships. It replaces the SASE model of continuous assessment and qualifications.

    ILM have been approved to deliver End Point Assessments for both the Level 3 Team Leader apprenticeship and the Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager apprenticeship. There'll be more information about our End Point Assessment offer soon.

    The new model apprenticeship model separates training delivery and assessment. It allows employers and providers to focus on training and learning and helps the apprentice gain the maximum possible experience before they are assessed.

    • Assessment methods – The assessment plan will outline the assessment methods to be used by independent assessment organisations for the end-point assessment
    • Grading – End-point assessment will be graded. It will determine that the apprentice demonstrates the level of knowledge, skills and behaviours required in the Standard
    • Delivery – End-point assessment will be delivered by an Independent End Assessor, from an assessment organisation which is on the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations (RoAAO)

ILM has worked with specialist businesses across the City & Guilds Group to develop an end-to-end Management Trailblazer Apprenticeship solution.

In preparation for the new funding regulations we have combined our expertise in professional training, qualifications, learning content, technology and assessment, to offer unrivalled support to organisations and training providers delivering the new standards.

Choose end to end support or mix and match services to suit the needs of your business.

Team Leader/Supervisor apprenticeship - Level 3

As a Team Leader your responsibilities may vary from supporting, managing and developing your team members, to managing projects or planning and monitoring workloads and resources. Delivering operational plans, resolving problems, or building work relationships are also key factors in becoming a successful Team Leader.

You can also fit a variety of roles as Team Leader, from Supervisors and Project Officers to Shift Supervisors, Forepersons, or Shift Managers.

Entry requirements: typically be five GCSEs at Grade C or higher.

Funding cap: £5,000

Delivering with ILM:

The ILM Level 3 Diploma for Managers has been specifically mapped to the new standard ensuring full coverage. We strongly recommend using ILM qualifications to deliver apprenticeships - find out more about our offer here:

ILM Level 3 Diploma for Managers 

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Operations/Departmental Manager apprenticeship - Level 5

Level 5 managers are responsible for everything from creating and delivering operational plans, managing projects, and leading and managing teams, to managing change, financial and resource management. Responsibilities also include talent management, coaching and mentoring. Roles may include those of Operations Manager, Regional Manager, Divisional Manager, Department Manager as well as other specialist managers.

Delivering with ILM:

The ILM Level 5 Diploma for Leaders and Managers has been perfectly mapped to the Level 5 standard, ensuring full coverage. We strongly recommend using ILM qualifications to deliver apprenticeships - find out more about our offer here:

ILM Level 5 Diploma for Leaders and Managers

Additional information and downloads:

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship - Level 6

Chartered Managers oversee people, projects and operations delivering long term organisational success. They are typically able to deliver impact combined with commitment to continual learning and development to achieve the professional recognition of their ability. As a Chartered Manager, your roles may include being a Manager, Senior Manager, Head of Department or Operations Manager; as well as anyone with significant management responsibilities.

Entry requirements: typically A Levels.

Funding cap: £27,000

Additional information and downloads:

SASE/SASW Apprenticeships

For learners in Wales and those on a programme that commenced before April 2017, ILM continues to offer comprehensive support.

Expand the panel below for detail on how we support centres offering SASE/SASW apprenticeships.


Deliver apprenticeships with ILM

To become approved to deliver ILM Management Apprenticeship qualifications you must become an ILM Approved Centre. We work with over 2,000 expert learning providers specialising in leadership and management, coaching, training and development to deliver our qualifications and certified training.

Our Approved Centres and Recognised Providers are monitored and supported to meet exacting standards in:

  • Knowledge, skills and experience of staff
  • Quality of learning materials and lesson plans
  • Training processes, facilities and learner centricity

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*All ILM qualifications are awarded by The City and Guilds of London Institute which was founded in 1878 and is incorporated by Royal Charter.

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