As a current apprentice employer, or someone looking to upskill employees through apprenticeships in future, choosing which Firebrand courses for an apprentice during their apprenticeship is a fundamental decision that takes time and serious consideration.

The ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) requires a written agreement - a commitment statement - between an employer and their selected training provider, that sets out the planned training content and schedule for the apprentice. The commitment statement is signed before an apprentice starts their apprenticeship, which means Firebrand courses cannot be changed or swapped after they’ve been selected and the apprentice has started their programme.

It’s important that you read the Occupational Brief for the apprenticeship programme to understand the training required to progress and develop your apprentice. Once you’re ready to select the courses, you can do so in one of two ways:

1. Pre-Selected

For each apprenticeship, we've pre-selected the most popular Firebrand courses that align to the Occupational Brief in the Government Standard for the programme.

2. Customisable

Firebrand Apprenticeship programmes are fully customisable, so you can substitute courses from the Pre-Selected list with optional courses, where the same Knowledge Standards are covered.

There may be other factors you want to consider when choosing Firebrand courses for your apprentice. Talking to someone who’s had experience choosing Firebrand courses for an apprenticeship programme (one of our consultants, or an existing employer) will ensure you don’t have any issues later on about the decisions you - as an employer - are making today for your apprentices.

Full details of the courses available for each apprenticeship programme can be found under the ‘See Programme’ tab of each programme.