Revised Senior Health Support Worker Standard and Mandatory Qualification

The work to review the apprenticeship standard and assessment plan for the Level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker (ST0217) is nearing completion. Once the apprenticeship is approved for delivery, the revised standard, assessment plan and funding band will be published on the IfATE (Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education) website. Training providers will then have 180 days to prepare for the new standard. During this time period, training providers may continue to register apprentices on the current standard.

The revised standard will retain the requirement for a mandatory qualification, the Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support. Awarding organisations are currently working together with Skills for Health and Health Education England (HEE) to review the Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support to ensure that it continues to align with the revised apprenticeship standard. The intention is that the revised qualification will be available for registration at the same time as apprentices start training on the revised standard. Awarding organisations will be undertaking consultation activities in the summer to engage the sector in the qualification review work.

FIRST Aid Qualifications 

ABBE is now offering the updated Level 3 Awards in First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at Work. Centres wishing to offer these qualifications can find the specifications on the ABBE website. Centres that already offer the FAW and EFAW qualifications have had the new specifications and handbooks added to their centre area on the ABBE website and are automatically eligible to register learners on the new qualifications on Parnassus.

Please note, there are also new Assessment Principles which you MUST read and adhere to for the new first aid qualifications. These can be found in your centre area as well as on the qualification pages on the website.

External Quality Assurers (EQA’s)

ABBE is looking for qualified EQAs in the following areas:

  • Insulation Building Treatments (IBT)
  • Thermography
  • Building Control
  • Town Planning
  • Energy
  • Fire

However, if you are experienced in these areas but are not a qualified EQA you may consider becoming an EQA.  If so, ABBE work with a training provider to offer the Assessor, IQA and EQA qualifications, for more details on the qualification and costs please contact:

News From HSE

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The Health and Safety Executive is to Hold its First Ever General Meeting

The Health and Safety Executive is to hold its first ever General Meeting, which will provide an opportunity for our stakeholders to learn more about our work and priorities and to participate in a live Q&A session with our Chair, CEO and members of our Board.

  • Time: Tuesday 26 July 2022 from 1.30pm to 4.00pm
  • Location: Health and Safety Executive, Redgrave Court, 57 Merton Rd, Bootle, Liverpool L20 7HS


The event will also be live-streamed via the HSE You Tube channel and here on our website via a dedicated link which will be available the week before the event.

Our General Meeting is open to members of the public wishing to attend. If you wish to attend the meeting in person, please send an email to

For more information, click here

News From FE Week

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AELP conference highlights: Leaders talk funding rate review, the levy and staffing crisis

Further education industry leaders and experts gathered in Hammersmith this week for the Association of Employment and Learning Providers’ (AELP) national conference.

Among the speakers were Ofsted’s chief inspector Amanda Spielman, who spoke about the impact the staffing crisis may have on quality of training, while Matthew Fell from the Confederation of British Industry outlined his wishes for apprenticeship levy review.

Elsewhere, Association of Colleges boss David Hughes spoke of the latest pay offer discussions with the University and College Union and what reclassification of college staff as public sector workers may mean.

In addition, Jennifer Coupland from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education updated the conference on the much-anticipated funding band review.

For more information, click here

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