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Five things you might not know about the new housing and property management apprenticeships


'Apprenticeships' seems to be the government’s latest buzzword, and with an ambitious target of 3 million apprenticeships to start by 2020, it is hardly surprising. With huge changes to apprenticeships across all industries, we explore which changes have taken place within housing-specific apprenticeships and how this may affect you.

1) The new apprenticeship standards are for housing and property management

This is the first time we will have an apprenticeship standard which is applicable for both housing and the private property management organisations. Apprentices will all work towards achieving the same standards, but the content of the programme will be contextualised according to their job role and employer’s expectations.

2) The employer is firmly in the driving seat

The apprenticeship standards have been written by employers, for employers. They are designed to provide a clear career route for apprentices within the sector, linked to real-life job descriptions and employer expectations, essentially future-proofing the industry.

3) There is no NVQ element

The achievement of the apprenticeship standards is very much a partnership between the training provider and the employer – designing a programme that works for each apprentice and each employer. One size does not fit all and the new apprenticeship standards, and proposed delivery models, support this proposition.

4) There is now an independent end point assessment for the apprenticeship

CIH has been approved as an apprenticeship end point assessment organisation for Levels 2 to 4 of the housing and property management apprenticeships. Apprentices must complete the end point assessment in order to achieve their apprenticeship, and we have worked with key organisations to develop an assessment that is driven by the employer’s requirements and real-life expectations of the apprentice in their day to day job role.

5) They are available now!

CIH has already contracted with several training organisations and employers who are starting to deliver the new housing and property management apprenticeships. CIH is well-positioned to guide and support training providers and employers through the new apprenticeship standards - we have staff ready and waiting to talk to you.

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