This framework is for those with an interest in and apptitude for training-related activities at a variety of levels. It will help you learn new skills whilst building on and improving existing skills so that you can do  your job more effectively. Some trainers are employed within an organisation to run training programmes for new recruits, and/or to assess the needs of existing staff and work with them to develop their skills. There are also consultancy companies that offer specialised training programmes, for example computer skills or management techniques.

Entry requirements

Since the framework may involve working with children/young people and/or vulnerable adults, entrants must be willing to undergo a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. Candidates looking to enrol on this apprenticeship must have vocational competence in an area of their choice and access to a learning environment.

The apprenticeship comprises of:

  • Level 3 Certificate in learning & development - combined qualification
  • Functional skills maths (Level 2) * exempt subject to GCSE A-C previously achieved
  • Functional skills English (Level 2) * exempt subject to GCSE A-C previously achieved
  • Functional skills ICT (Level 2) * exempt subject to GCSE A-C previously achieved

Job roles

Training development officer / training officer / learning centre supervisor / assessor/verifier work based learning coordinator / learning and development adviser / skills trainer/instructor

Initial assessment

Initial assessment must be used to ensure that applicants have a fair opportunity to demonstrate their ability. Learning programmes can then be tailored to meet a range of abilities and to recognise prior knowledge and experience.


Apprenticeships are a mixture of skills assessment and the delivery of new skills and knowledge. Assessment is done at the workplace whilst the apprentice performs their job using a range of methods which include portfolio building, professional discussion and direct observations by an assessor

Completion times

Completion times range from generally 12 months for an Intermediate level to 18 months for an Advanced level. However, these times can vary depending on the skills, experience and the progress of the apprentice.


The advanced apprenticeship provides a sound basis for people to undertake further learning and development of their careers in the learning and development sector. Progression could be to higher level courses and qualifications or more senior roles, including into other areas such as management, wider HR, finance and project management.

Please click on the image above to download a pdf of the Learning & development apprenticeship programme outline