The Achieving Academic and Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme is designed to meet the needs of young people, aged between 16 and 18 who have the potential to achieve excellence in rugby while pursuing an education at the same time.
The AASE framework has been developed by SkillsActive, in partnership with a number of sports governing bodies, industry experts and other partnership organisations. The framework was approved in March 2004, and has been rolled out for football, rugby union and in golf.
The scheme has been running in 11 England Rugby Academies, hosted predominantly by the Aviva Premiership clubs since 2006.
The clubs running the RFU apprenticeship scheme have established partnerships with local education providers, with the chosen school or college delivering the Technical Certificate and Key Skills, and the Academy staff delivering the rugby element.