What do I do now if I want a library apprentice?

The answer is: you may need to wait for developments in 2017 to start planning.

The original apprenticeship framework for Libraries, Archives, Records and Information Management Services (England) ceases in October 2017. In theory you can still use that framework, however the government funding model for apprenticeships changes in April 2017 to a levy system and the new levy funds will not be available to fund the existing framework. The library apprenticeship framework is appropriate for a variety of information and service related roles, including library assistants and archivists. It is aimed at level three and so includes some entry level management and co-ordination skills. The reality is that very few colleges or centres offer it. You will need to liaise with your learning and development department and local providers.

Apprenticeship frameworks are being replaced by apprenticeship standards, which are designed by employers. Detailed information about the new apprenticeship standards is available from https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships or a summary can be found here http://www.cityandguilds.com/apprenticeships

Starting in March 2017 CILIP, the association for library and information professionals, will facilitate the development of new apprenticeship standards by employers of library and knowledge management staff in many sectors. The Knowledge for Healthcare workforce planning and development workstream is involved, and will identify the library skills required for the NHS, and what needs to be included in the standards from our perspective.

All the above links (and more) are available on the Learning Zone under Apprenticeships and will be kept updated as developments progress.

Jenny Turner
ESHT Library Services Manager and Conquest Education Centre Manager
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
jenny.turner2@nhs.net

2 thoughts on “What do I do now if I want a library apprentice?

  1. Just to add that if you want to recruit a level 2 apprentice there are other options. There is a Healthcare Support Services OCF and some of the units are relevant to Library work eg “Store & Retrieve Information”, “Archive Information”, “Produce Documents in a Business Environment”, “Meet & Welcome visitors”……..
    It is worthwhile speaking to your vocational training dept in your Trust as they may already offer this QCF and will probably bite your hand off if you can take an apprentice and help your Trust achieve its’ apprenticeship targets

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