Higher Apprenticeship Standard: Career Development Professionals

The new  Higher Apprenticeship: Career Development Professional was approved in May 2019.

This two year (24 months) apprenticeship route is at level 6 and includes “the attainment of a level 6 or higher career-related qualification (60 credits) approved by the Career Development Institute as giving eligibility to the UK Register of Career Development Professionals. 

This means that individuals can train to be either careers advisers or careers leaders through this new higher apprenticeship route.

The qualification element of the off the job training can be any qualification currently accepted for the UK Register of Career Development Professionals. For the majority of people this is likely to be

  • Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development or
  • Post Graduate Certificate in a Career Related area as listed in the Register brochure.

N.B. The recommendation in the Statutory Guidance is that for those people providing personal career guidance the Post Graduate Diploma in Career Guidance/QCD should be held or the Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development. The apprenticeship funding of the post graduate certificate therefore provides a stepping stone to the achievement of the post graduate diploma for which additional funding would be required.

This new higher apprenticeship has been allocated to Band 12, which means that employers will be able to draw down up to £9,000 over two years to contribute to the cost of higher apprentice training.

Employing an Apprentice

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Becoming an Apprenticeship Training Provider

There are 3 types of apprenticeship training provider on the register of apprenticeship training providers:

  1. main provider - enters into contracts with employers that use the apprenticeship service to pay for apprenticeship training or holds a contract with ESFA to deliver to employers who do not pay the apprenticeship levy
  2. employer provider – trains their own employees or those of connected companies and uses the apprenticeship service to pay for the apprenticeship training
  3. supporting provider - enters into subcontracts with main providers and employer providers to enhance apprenticeship training for employers and their apprentices

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New guidance on apprenticeship funding for the period 1 August 2019 – 31 July 2020 was published on 4th July 2019

 Apprenticeship funding rules - clarification version of the 2029 - 2020 rules

A summary of changes can be found at: Apprenticeship funding 2019 2020 – summary of changes

There are separate PDF documents available online for:

Becoming an End Point Assessment Organisation

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Designing an apprenticeship programme

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In the mapping documents specific OCR Units and Learning Outcomes have been identified where there is a strong relationship.  Please note the mapping is there to serve as a guide and is not conclusive, as there is always an element of subjectivity in mapping exercises.

General Information

Please see: Higher Apprenticeship Career Development Professional briefing note (6 pages).  This provides an overview and a summary of the key points, plus links to further information on-line. 

As organisations become registered as Apprenticeship Training Providers or End Point Assessment Organisations their details will be available at this link: https://findapprenticeshiptraining.apprenticeships.education.gov.uk/Apprenticeship/SearchForStandardProviders?standardId=453

For information on centres offering the Level 6 Diploma, including the CDI, please see: https://www.thecdi.net/QCF-Centres

For universities offering the post graduate certificate please see: https://www.thecdi.net/Getting-Qualified/QCG-D-Contact-Details