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Hundreds more top employers have joined the government’s successful Trailblazers programme to design high quality apprenticeships in everything from renewable energy to video games, Skills Minister Nick Boles has today (12 March 2015) announced.
More than 200 new employers have joined the 1,000 plus organisations already designing apprenticeships. The Trailblazer initiative allows groups of employers to join together to design apprenticeships that develop the skills of their current and future workforce. Today’s announcement pushes the total number of Trailblazer groups to over 100.
The announcement comes alongside the news that existing Trailblazer groups have also today been given the green light to develop more apprenticeships including mortgage advisor and software developer.
Skills Minister Nick Boles said:
I am delighted to announce that these 200 new employers will be designing top quality apprenticeships.
Giving leading firms from British Gas to video games manufacturer Ubisoft the power to design and deliver high quality apprenticeships, means we can ensure more young people have the skills our economy vitally needs. Apprenticeships play a key role in the success of our long term economic plan and, with more than 2 million apprenticeships started since 2010, I am proud to say our reforms are delivering for businesses and young people.
The announcement comes alongside the news that more than 50 employer designed apprenticeships ranging from Boatbuilder to Chartered Surveyor to Outside Broadcast Engineer have been approved by the government, with some aiming to have their first apprentice starts as early as September 2015.
John McEvoy, Head of Production for PRG UK, leading a new Trailblazer in the Live Events Industry, said:
As suppliers to the live events industry we wholeheartedly support the idea of apprenticeships being developed by employers. Apprenticeships are an ideal route in to our sector, with on the job training allowing people to gain the skills they need to work with rapidly developing specialist technology.
Employers and apprentices will gather today at Elstree Film Studios in Hertfordshire to celebrate the hard work and success of those involved in the Trailblazer programme. The reception, held in partnership with the British Fashion Council and the Fashion Trailblazer, will see employers and apprentices in industries including finance and law showcasing their work and sharing best practice.
Aaron Coulson, New Talent Manager at National Grid who have been involved in the Trailblazer programme since October 2013 said:
Tackling the skills shortage crisis isn’t just a challenge for National Grid, it affects the whole energy and utilities sector. The Trailblazer apprentice is a perfect example of Energy companies working together to find a solution for the industry as a whole, teaching specific skills to the required standard.
New research published today highlights the value of giving employers the power to design apprenticeships that can address the skills needs identified by industry. The research, which was collected via interviews with employers and other groups involved in the Trailblazer programme, shows that allowing employers to design new apprenticeships leads to a greater understanding of the skills and competencies that apprentices will gain and the relevance of these to their organisation as well as a greater trust in the quality of training.
Trailblazer case study
Started on the Power Network Craftsperson trailblazer apprenticeship with UK Power Networks in October 2014
Clea Yeates, 18, from Feltham, is one of 29 recruits chosen from 749 applicants to join UK Power Networks’ popular trailblazer apprenticeship scheme. Over the next 3 years, Clea will prepare to join the skilled teams who keep power flowing to more than a quarter of Britain’s population 24 hours a day. They specialise in overhead power lines (linesmen), underground cables (jointers) or electricity substations (fitters), gaining practical on-the-job training and nationally-recognised qualifications.
I wanted to be with a good company that had a good reputation. I studied electrical installations at college but didn’t want to remain working on household electrics. I wanted to go bigger. It’s always going to be different and the way the company is organised is really professional.
The apprentices shadow experienced staff, participate in a 24-hour standby rota and have a gradual introduction to field work. After they qualify, they can complete more advanced qualifications and can apply for the company’s supported studies programme to advance their careers. Many former apprentices have progressed to become senior managers within the company.
Notes to editors
The 26 new trailblazers are to design apprenticeships in 35 occupations while existing Trailblazers have been approved to design a further 34 apprenticeships.
Today’s announcement of 56 newly approved standards and 69 more in development takes the number of approved standards to over 120 and number of standards in development to over 150.
IoT & Cyber – Physical Systems (2 standards), Smart Systems Information & Security (2 standards)
Live Event Technician
Live Events Rigging
Live Events Rigger
Print Finisher, Prepress Operative and Printer
Smart Meter Installation
Smart Meter Installer (Dual Fuel)
Digital Business Administrator, IT Support, Software Development Technician, IT Services & Sales Technician, Telecoms & Unified Comms, Business Analyst, Information & Cyber Security, Digital Business Specialist