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Funeral services apprenticeships

Two new apprenticeship standards have been developed for funeral services. They form a progressive career pathway, incorporating the knowledge, skills and behaviours employers have defined for today’s industry.

The standards have been designed so that they apply across the sector, allowing organisations to incorporate their own ways of working, products and services into the learning and development, whilst ensuring it meets one national standard.

Standards and assessment plans

Both standards and assessment plans have been developed and are awaiting approval:

Requirements for English and maths – applicable for ALL apprenticeship standards:

For apprenticeships at level 2:

If an apprentice has not already achieved level 2 English and maths they must:

  • Study for and take the tests for level 2 English and maths
  • Achieve level 1 English and maths

For apprenticeships at level 3 and above:

If an apprentice has not already achieved level 2 English and maths they must:

  • Achieve level 2 English and maths

Must be completed prior to independent end assessment


Withdrawal of apprenticeship pathways

As a result of our sector consultation, and communication with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), People 1st is extending the withdrawal date of apprenticeships pathways for hospitality, travel, bus and coach, retail, funeral services and aviation as outlined here.

These dates are final with exception of the three highlighted pathways where the replacement standards are currently being developed and are subject to approval. Any queries regarding this announcement should be directed to trailblazer@people1st.co.uk

Frequently asked questions

Got a query about the apprenticeship standards? Visit our frequently asked questions on apprenticeships.

Members of the trailblazer group responsible for developing the funeral services apprenticeship standards include:

The Co-operative, East of England Co-op, Learn Direct, Lincolnshire Co-op, Dignity UK, Central England Co-op and National Association of Funeral Directors