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Led by employers, our job is to transform the skills and productivity of the people who power our engineering and advanced manufacturing technologies sectors, enabling UK industry to compete on the global stage. We bring together employers and education to focus action on skills.

Frequently asked questions

What does the Semta acronym stand for?

Semta originated as an acronym for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance. Our brand has evolved over many years (with various former acronyms being used) and ‘Semta’ is now our corporate name in its own right.

Is Semta a Sector Skills Council?

Yes, Semta holds the Sector Skills Council (SSC) licence for the engineering and advanced manufacturing sectors. Semta’s role on behalf of sector employers will continue whether or not the government continues to grant SSC licences in future.

Does Semta represent ‘science’?

Scientific development is integral to many areas within the engineering and advanced manufacturing sectors, for which Semta is responsible. However ‘science’ is not classified as a sector in its own right. Cogent is responsible for supporting skills in other science-based industries including: nuclear, chemicals, polymers, petroleum and pharmaceuticals.

How do I place an order for Employer Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) booklets?

ERR booklets are available from EAL Customer Services; they are chargeable at £5.50 per booklet. You can contact EAL Customer Services on 0870 240 6889 or email customercare@eal.org.uk

I have a query on a Functional Skills exemption, how do I resolve this?

Functional Skills were made available from September 2010 and were designed as a replacement for Key Skills. There are no proxies for Functional Skills.

However during the period of transition Key Skills, the acceptance of Key Skills, GCSEs and A/AS Levels have been incorporated into Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) regulations and can be accepted within a SASE Apprenticeship. This is the case, providing that it was achieved before September 2012, the learner starts their Apprenticeship within 5 years of the achievement date of the acceptable qualification, and that the stated grade requirements in SASE, are met.

Non-compliant SASE frameworks’ (blueprint) relaxations for key skills can be found here.

You can also find more guidance on transferable skills here. If you require any further information please contact certification@semta.org.uk.

I have lost my Apprenticeship Certificates England (ACE) login details, how can I recover them?

If you have lost your ACE login details or you have forgotten your password please contact the Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards (FISSS) on 0844 573 2560.

For Welsh Centres using Apprenticeship Certificates Wales (ACW) please contact certification@semta.org.uk and quote your centre name and the name of the centre main contact. Please note these contact details are due to change in coming months, so we would advise you to look out for an ACW notification explaining the change.

I am looking for an Apprenticeship in engineering, what advice can you give me?

You can find out more about Apprenticeships here and search for current vacancies here.   If there aren't any suitable vacancies currently available, we would recommend that you register with our partner Get My First Job who can match your details to any vacancies for Apprenticeships in your local area.  

I have lost my Apprenticeship certificate, how do I get a replacement?

  • If you completed your Apprenticeship with one of the following organisations; Engineering Industry Training Board (EITB) or Engineering Manufacturing Training Association (EMTA), please contact customercare@eal.org.uk with your full name including any middle names, your date of birth and a contact telephone number. There may be a charge for this service.
  • If you completed your Apprenticeship with Semta after 1994 please contact certification@semta.org.uk with your full name including any middle names, your date of birth and a contact telephone number. A member of our team will be in touch to confirm that we have your details and to advise how you can obtain a reissue of your certificate. There is usually a charge for this service.
  • If you have lost a copies of your NVQ certificates, you will need to contact the awarding body who issued the certificate for example; EAL, City & Guilds, Pearson or Edexcel.

Where can I find a copy of the Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) document?

You can download a copy of the PLTS document here.


What is the current process for modifying frameworks in the UK?

You can find out about the process for making modifications to the frameworks in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland here


I have a query regarding an exemption for a Scottish Modern Apprenticeship.

Exemption Guidelines are for the Engineering Modern Apprenticeship only. There are no exemption guidelines for any other Semta framework.

The Engineering Modern Apprenticeship consists of four components. These are:

  • Core Skills
  • PEO SVQ Level 2
  • Any SVQ Level 3 in the framework in place at the time the candidate is registered with Semta
  • An NC or HNC in the framework in place at the time the candidate is registered with Semta

Under no circumstances can an exemption be granted for the Core Skills or for the NC/HNC. Note: however that a higher level academic qualification such as a relevant HND or Degree would be acceptable as long as it is current.

Exemptions for the PEO have been granted provided the following criteria are met:

  • The candidate has a significant number of years of appropriate work based experience in the sector
  • A supporting statement is provided from the employer
  • The Training Provider maps the candidates work experience to the 8 units they would have completed had they been undertaking the PEO. This evidence must be submitted to Semta.
  • An exemption request form is completed and submitted.

Exemptions to the SVQ Level 3s have been granted under the following conditions:

  • Where an appropriate SVQ L3 no longer sits in the framework or doesn’t exist and Semta own the NOS for the NVQ equivalent; Semta must check that the qualification being offered maps across and the Credit and Leveling are equivalent. Training Providers must be advised that Semta will not issue an SVQ and that any positive decision made by Semta on behalf of the candidate does not prejudice the funding available from SDS. Funding is a totally separate issue and only SDS can make that decision.

Where any exemption is granted which meets the above criteria, training providers must be advised that Semta are not awarding the qualification in question, but accepting it for the purposes of the Engineering Modern Apprenticeship Framework as the owners and guardians.

For further information or to claim an exemption please email customerservices@semta.org.uk or call 01923 238441.