Apprenticeship Workforce Development - The ETF

The Apprenticeship Workforce Development (AWD) programme, funded by the Department for Education (DfE), has been designed to support staff at all levels and in all roles to deliver high-quality apprenticeships.  

Now in its second phase, AWD is being delivered by the ETF in partnership with the Association of Colleges (AoC), Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), Strategic Development Network (SDN) and University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC). This phase of the programme extends support to employers involved in apprenticeship delivery.

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Continuous professional development resources

There are eight courses from phase one of the AWD programme available on FutureLearn. These can be accessed via the ETF’s 职业发展平台 (PDP) once you have created an account. You can also download the ‘Working Effectively with Employers’ guide below. 

Working effectively with employers

This guide will help providers to make the most of collaboration with employers. It identifies the benefits of collaboration and how to build on these, while also recognising that creating and sustaining effective working relationships can be difficult. Checklists, self-assessments and action plans are provided in the guide to help you tackle these challenges.

Working effectively with employers
Working effectively with employers

Coming soon: new CPD resources in development

New CPD training and resources are currently being developed as part of phase two of AWD. These resources are being shaped by a training needs analysis of the sector, which has involved a sector-wide survey conducted in November and December 2022, focus groups, sector research, and the expert knowledge of all delivery partners. New CPD for phase two of AWD will be available from Autumn 2023.

Download the Apprenticeship Workforce Development overview flyer.

In this section

Watch Cerian Ayres, ETF’s National Head of Technical Education, and Charlotte Bonner, ETF’s National Head of Education for Sustainable Development, discuss apprenticeships and Education for Sustainable Development in ‘Preparing apprentices for the world of work, and the work of the world’ recorded at AELP’s 2021 Spring Conference.

Supporting information

Within the context of the apprenticeship reforms and the government’s target to deliver 3 million apprentices by 2020, our support for apprenticeships will help managers, teachers, trainers, assessors, employers, leaders and those involved in governance to make the transition from apprenticeship frameworks to delivery of standards, ensuring effective preparation for end-point assessment.

There are five key areas of support:

  • understanding requirements, systems, delivery and capacity
  • planning for transition and delivery
  • delivering apprenticeship standards
  • preparing for End-Point Assessment
  • innovation and delivery improvement.

This programme builds on the success of the Future Apprenticeships programme which delivered high quality continuing professional development to almost 7000 colleagues. The legacy resources of this programme will remain accessible to providers. The new offer supports workforce development through the pivotal stage of technical education reform to build capacity for improvement in teaching, learning and assessment, ensuring successful outcomes for individuals, communities and business.

If you have any queries about support for apprenticeships, please contact:

Have your say

We are really keen to hear how the programme has supported you, the benefit it has had for you and your staff, and the resulting impact on the learners and employers you work with. Your response will enable us to capture the benefits of the programme for the sector, as well as helping to shape the support that would be most useful to you in future.

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Specific support for maths and English in apprenticeships is also available through our Maths and English offer.

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