The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education is an employer-led crown Non Departmental Public Body.

We oversee the development, approval and publication of apprenticeship standards and assessment plans as well as the occupational maps for T Levels and apprenticeships.

The Institute is responsible for Technical Qualifications, which is the main, classroom-based element of the T Level. T Levels are two-year technical study programmes that will become one of three major options for students to study at level 3 alongside apprenticeships and A levels.

We work with employer groups called trailblazers to develop apprenticeship standards and assessment plans, as well as, making recommendations on funding bands to the Department for Education for each apprenticeship standard.

The Institute has a role overseeing External Quality Assurance (EQA) across all EQA providers to ensure quality, consistency and credibility. We are accountable for the quality of apprenticeships and technical education.

The Institute is employer-led with an independent chair who leads a board of employers, business leaders and their representatives, to ensure employers continue to drive apprenticeship quality to the highest level.

Our main functions are:

  • developing and maintaining quality criteria for the approval of apprenticeship standards and assessment plans
  • supporting the development of standards and assessment plans by employer groups, reviewing and approving them
  • publishing approved standards and assessment plans
  • advising on the maximum amount of government funding that can be drawn down by employers for individual apprenticeship standards
  • quality assuring the delivery of apprentice end-point assessments, where employer groups have been unable to propose other arrangements
  • ensuring that all end-point assessments are quality assured.

We work with partners who have responsibilities for apprenticeships in England including:

  • Department for Education (DfE)
  • Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)
  • Ofsted
  • Ofqual
  • Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)
  • Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

We work with counterparts in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.