Guidance for Sector Skills Councils
The Modern Apprenticeship Group (MAG) meets on the third
Thursday of every month. All frameworks and supporting documents
must be submitted to the MA Subgroup prior to
submission to MAG.
Find out when the MAG meeting and submission
dates are for the next year.
There are now four levels of apprenticeship in Scotland:
- Modern Apprenticeships at SCQF Level 5 (Level 2)
- Modern Apprenticeships at SCQF Level 6/7 (Level 3)
- Technical Apprenticeships at SCQF Level 8/9 (Level 4)
- Professional Apprenticeships at SCQF Level 10+ (Level 5).
Technical and Professional Apprenticeships were developed in
response to feedback from the Scottish Government's "Making
Training Better" Consultation in late 2011. Read an overview
of Technical and Professional Apprenticeships for
SCQF Credit Rating
As there are now four possible levels determined by SCQF level,
the main component qualification must be credit rated for the SCQF
and the SCQF Level and Credit Points must be listed in the
Framework. If the qualification is not credit rated, it will
not be possible for MAG to approve the framework. More information
on SCQF Credit Rating can be found on the SCQF website.
Framework Template and Guidance and Proposal
The Framework and Guidance Documents were amended
in January 2013 to reflect minor changes. Sector
Skills Councils should use the most recent versions.
There are separate Standard Framework Templates for Modern Apprenticeships and Technical/Professional
Apprenticeships. These should be used when revising
an existing Framework or developing a new Framework. The
completed Framework must be submitted with the Proposal
There is one Guidance
and Proposal Template which covers Modern, Technical and
Professional Apprenticeships. This outlines the information and
evidence required for the approval or re-approval of a
Scottish Framework and provides general guidance on the
approval and re-approval process. The guidance in this document is
not exhaustive, but should be regarded as the minimum evidence to
be included. The guidance document has four appendices:
- Appendix 1: Proposal Template Document. This
must be completed and enclosed when submitting a new or
- Appendix 2: Checklist. For use by
SSCs when submitting a Framework, to ensure that
all required information is included. It lists the criteria
used by the MA Sub-Group when reviewing Frameworks and Proposal
- Appendix 3: MA VQ Template. This provides a
list of the mandatory qualifications within the MA Framework.
It must be included with the submission
- Appendix 4: List of Career Skills. This is for
Technical and Professional Apprenticeships only. Modern
Apprenticeships still include Core Skills.
Sector Skills Councils should also read the sections on Core Skills and
Modern Apprenticeships and
Career Skills for Technical/ Professional Apprenticeships.
an overview of Technical and Professional Apprenticeships
Read about Career Skills for Technical and Professional