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Top quality new apprenticeships are being designed by employers as part of the government’s successful apprenticeship trailblazers scheme.
- more than 700 employers are to design 76 new apprenticeships in professions ranging from TV production to welding
- employers including PwC, BAE Systems and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue are designing the new apprenticeships as part of the government’s trailblazer initiative
- more than 1,000 employers now involved in the trailblazers scheme
Job opportunities in policing, boatbuilding, TV production and surveying are among 76 top quality new apprenticeships being designed by more than 700 employers as part of the third phase of the government’s successful apprenticeship trailblazers scheme.
The employers from across 37 more trailblazing sectors are designing new apprenticeships to best meet the skills needs of their industries. They will develop apprenticeships in sectors ranging from nuclear to fashion and the armed forces, and will bring the total number of employers involved in designing apprenticeships as part of the trailblazers project to more than 1,000.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said:
Across the country apprenticeships are a driving force behind getting young people the skills that employers want and the economy needs. Our reforms have empowered businesses large and small to design and deliver world-beating apprenticeships that offer a real route to a successful career.
Employers including PwC, BAE Systems and Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue will work with organisations from across their industries to develop the new apprenticeships. In addition to this, employers involved in the earlier phases of the trailblazers initiative are to develop a further 47 high quality apprenticeships.
On a visit to Sky, 1 of 18 employers working together to design new apprenticeships in television production and broadcasting as part of the new phase of trailblazers, Skills Minister Nick Boles said:
There has never been a better time to do an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships give you the experience and top-quality training you need to get the career you want. I’m thrilled to be working with UK companies including Jaguar Land Rover and Grant Thornton to make our apprenticeship system the best it can be. We’re on track to deliver 2 million apprenticeships and we are building a better future for Britain.
While visiting Sky Nick Boles also met software developer apprentice Priscilla Ossai, one of the stars of the government’s newly launched Get In. Go Far campaign. The campaign is working to change the perception of apprenticeships among young people, their parents and teachers by showcasing the variety and quality of apprenticeships on offer today in some of Britain’s biggest and brightest companies.
Trailblazers are groups of leading employers within a sector working together to develop new apprenticeship standards for occupations ranging from welder to police officer. Launched in October 2013, the trailblazers initiative aims to ensure that every apprentice in England is enrolled on a scheme that has been designed and approved by employers. More than 300 apprentices have now started on approved standards since September 2014 in the automotive and energy and utilities sectors with further starts planned soon.
The trailblazers play a key role in replacing complex apprenticeship frameworks with short, simple, accessible standards written by employers in language they understand.
Graham McWilliam, Group Director of Corporate Affairs, Sky commented:
At Sky we’re delighted to be supporting the trailblazer programmes. It forms part of our wider commitment to providing apprenticeships across our business – around 150 next year - as well as offering a huge range of other opportunities and training to young people across the UK.
Steven Read, Trainee Programmes Manager at UK Power Networks which delivers electricity supplies in London and are part of the Energy and Utilities trailblazer under the first phase of the scheme said:
We are delighted to welcome our first 29 new recruits to the new power distribution craftspeople apprenticeship. The trailblazer initiative has allowed employers like us to introduce a common industry standard in the skills we teach to the dedicated men and women who keep Britain’s electricity distribution networks running. It is refreshing, as an employer, to be involved in designing and a developing the benchmark against which all our apprentices are trained.
Notes to editors
- For more information on apprenticeships visit www.apprenticeships.gov.uk.
- The first 8 trailblazers began in October 2013 and the second phase of scheme was launched on March 2014. The standards produced by trailblazers will become the blueprint for apprenticeships in those occupations.
- More than 400 employers in 37 sectors have been involved in the first 2 trailblazers and 51 new apprenticeship standards developed by them were approved and published in March and August 2014. These cover a board range of roles such as a land-based service engineer, senior culinary chef, solicitor, journalist and dental practice manager.
- Standards and assessment plans that have been produced by employers and agreed by the government are published at: Apprenticeship Standards.
- All of the standards that are currently being developed by employer groups across the Trailblazers are listed at Apprenticeship Standards In Development.
- Employers who would like to get involved in an existing trailblazer can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Those groups of employers who would like to develop a new apprenticeship standard can apply by the following dates in 2015: 12 February, 5 June and 2 October.
- More information for trailblazers including new guidance on developing standards and assessment plans published today is available on our website at Future of apprenticeships in England: guidance for trailblazers.
- More than 300 apprentices have already started on the new standards since September 2014 in the automotive and energy and utility sectors.
Standards being developed by new phase 3 trailblazers
|Agriculture and Production Horticulture||Technician (Horticultural/Fresh Produce/Arable/Glasshouse)|
|Agriculture and Production Horticulture||Packhouse Operative|
|Agriculture and Production Horticulture||Unit/Site Livestock Manager|
|Bus, Coach and HGV Industry||Bus and Coach Engineering Manager|
|Bus, Coach and HGV Industry||Bus and Coach Technician|
|Bus, Coach and HGV Industry||HGV Engineering and Maintenance Technician|
|Business||Small Business Financial Administrator|
|Business||Front Line Customer Service Practitioner|
|Business||Customer Experience Specialist|
|Civil Service-Commercial||Commercial Professional|
|Defence||Advanced Systems Engineer|
|Education and Training||FE Tutor-Assessor|
|Education and Training||FE Developing Teacher|
|Education and Training||FE Qualified Teacher|
|Education and Training||FE Graduate Lecturer|
|Electronic Systems||Electronic Systems Technician|
|Engineering Design and Draughting||Piping Designer and Draughtsperson|
|Engineering Design and Draughting||Structural Designer and Draughtsperson|
|Engineering Design and Draughting||Electrical Designer and Draughtsperson|
|Engineering Design and Draughting||Mechanical Designer and Draughtsperson|
|Equestrian||Equine Groom (Horse Care)|
|Fashion||Fashion Studio Assistant|
|Fire Services||Business Fire Safety Advisor|
|Healthcare||Healthcare Assistant/Nursing Assistant|
|Healthcare||Senior Healthcare Assistant/Senior Nursing Assistant|
|HM Armed Forces||HM Armed Forces Serviceperson|
|Horticulture and Tree Work||Forester|
|Horticulture and Tree Work||Arborist|
|Horticulture and Tree Work||Gardener/Horticultural Operative|
|Horticulture and Tree Work||Head Gardener/Parks Supervisor|
|Human Resources||HR Assistant|
|Human Resources||HR Manager|
|Human Resources||HR Director/Consultant|
|Logistics and Supply Chain||Supply Chain LGV Driver|
|Logistics and Supply Chain||Supply Chain Warehouse Operative|
|Logistics and Supply Chain||Supply Chain Operative|
|Management Consultancy||Management Consultant|
|Maritime Defence||Mechanical Fitter|
|NHS Ambulance Service||Ambulance Assistant Practitioner|
|Non-Destructive Testing||Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Engineering Technician|
|Nuclear||Health Physics Monitor|
|Nuclear||Nuclear Welding Inspection Technician|
|Pharmacy Services||Pharmacy Services Assistant|
|Pharmacy Services||Senior Pharmacy Services Assistant|
|Physical Activity||Personal Trainer|
|Physical Activity||Leisure Manager|
|Plumbing & Domestic Heating||Plumbing and Domestic Heating Engineer|
|Police Service||Police Officer|
|Port Operations and Supply Chain||Port Operative|
|Port Operations and Supply Chain||Port Plant Machinery Operator|
|Port Operations and Supply Chain||Port Crane Operator|
|Port Operations and Supply Chain||International Supply Chain Manager|
|Rail Engineering||Rail Engineering Operative|
|Rail Engineering||Rail Engineering Technician|
|Rail Engineering||Rail Engineering Advanced Technician|
|Renewable Energy and Energy Management||Energy Manager|
|Renewable Energy and Energy Management||Anaerobic Digestion Technician|
|Security Management||Security First Line Manager|
|Transport||Passenger Transport Services|
|Transport||Passenger Transport Operations|
|Transport||Passenger Transport Operations Manager|
|Transport||Transport Planning Technician|
|TV Production and Broadcasting||TV Production Assistant|
|TV Production and Broadcasting||Outside Broadcast Engineer|
New standards being developed by Phase 1 and 2 trailblazers
|Adult Care||Lead Practitioner in Adult Care|
|Adult Care||Leader/Manager in Adult Care|
|Aerospace and Airworthiness||Maintenance Mechanic (Military)|
|Aerospace and Airworthiness||Survival Equipment Fitter (Military)|
|Aerospace and Airworthiness||Airworthiness Planning Quality & Safety Technician|
|Aerospace and Airworthiness||Aircraft Certifying Engineer|
|Aerospace and Airworthiness||Aerospace Manufacturing Engineer|
|Aerospace and Airworthiness||Aerospace Software Developer|
|Automotive||Tool and Die Maker|
|Automotive Retail||Auto Industry Customer Service Advisor|
|Automotive Retail||Vehicle Sales Advisor|
|Automotive Retail||Vehicle Parts Operator|
|Construction||Plant Hire Desk Controller|
|Conveyancing (Probate)||Probate Licensed Practitioner|
|Dental Healthcare||Dental Nurse|
|Dental Healthcare||Dental Hygiene Therapy|
|Dental Healthcare||Dental Laboratory Manager|
|Early Years||Assistant Early Years Practitioner|
|Early Years||Senior Early Years Practitioner|
|Early Years||Early Years Centre Leader|
|Energy and Utilities||Gas Networks Craftsperson|
|Energy and Utilities||Gas Network Construction Team Leader|
|Financial Services||Delivering and Supporting Financial Services|
|Food and Drink||Operations, Production and Processing: Production Processing Manager|
|Food and Drink||Operations, Production and Processing: Skilled Technical Operative|
|Food and Drink||Quality Assurance, Product Development and Food Science: Food Science Technologist|
|Food and Drink||Quality Assurance, Product Development and Food Science: Technical Manager|
|Food and Drink||Bakery: Retail Baker|
|Food and Drink||Bakery: Automated Plant Baker|
|Food and Drink||Bakery: Artisan/Craft Baker|
|Golf Course Maintenance and Management||Assistant Head Greenkeeper/Deputy Golf Course Manager|
|Golf Course Maintenance and Management||Head Greenkeeper/Golf Course Manager|
|Hospitality and Travel||Commis Chef|
|Hospitality and Travel||Chef De Partie|
|Hospitality and Travel||Hospitality Team Member|
|Housing Management||Housing Management Assistant|
|Housing Management||Senior Housing Manager|
|Maritime Ratings||Engine Room Rating|
|Maritime Ratings||Cook at Sea|
|Property Services||Facilities Supervisor and Manager|
List of apprentice starts by sector since September 2014
|Trailblazer||Employer||Number of starts|
|Automotive||Castings PLC *||1|
|Automotive||Futaba Industrial UK Ltd *||3|
|Automotive||Gestamp Tallent *||8|
|Automotive||Jaguar Land Rover||189|
|Energy & Utilities||National Grid||27|
|Energy & Utilities||Scottish and Southern Electricity (SSE)||46|
|Energy & Utilities||UK Power Networks||29|
9.The following employers in the Life and Industrial Sciences sector have also committed to a further 29 apprenticeship starts, pending final approval of their assessment plan; Fujifilm Diosynth, GSK, Lotte Chemical UK Ltd, Lucite International, Pfizer, and SABIC UK Petrochemicals Ltd.