New legislation has been introduced to the world of apprenticeships as of 6th April 2015. The ‘Five year’ rule for GCSE’s has been scrapped which is a real positive change for all potential apprentices, especially within the childcare industry. The changes relate to all apprenticeship framework across the UK. Any apprentice who enrols onto a qualification from 6th April 2015 will be exempt from having to do functional skills as part of the apprenticeship if they have GCSE grades at the required level. These grades may be from 7 or 10 years ago, as long as certification can be provided at the time of enrolment as the five year rule no longer applies.

These changes are really positive for the childcare industry as a whole. The new advanced level 3 Cache Early Years Educator which was introduced on September 1st 2014 had entry requirements of Maths and English Grade C within 5 years. With this new rule it allows more mature candidates to enrol and up skill onto this new level 3 without having to resit the GCSE’s they achieved when they were at school. Eagles Consultancy Ltd will post further information as soon as we receive it.