Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the event provided a range of information on all aspects of the new apprenticeship standard and an update on the apprenticeship funding proposals – including the new Apprenticeship Levy.
Attendees heard from a range of speakers, including TESP vice chair Steve Burley, who spoke about the background to the standard’s development and IET director of membership & professional development Michelle Richmond, who spoke about the links between the new standard and professional registration. JIB chief executive Steve Brawley also discussed details of the new governance model for the apprenticeship standard which TESP and the IET will jointly oversee on the industry’s behalf.
IET director of membership & professional development Michelle Richmond, said: ‘The new apprenticeship will provide an exemplifying route to EngTech registration, and a more effective way for those who undertake it to achieve the formal recognition as members of the engineering community that they and this industry deserve. Our partnership with TESP will provide a means of ensuring that the new standard evolves in line with the wishes of employers and the demands on industry, and provides a blueprint for apprentice training for many years to come.’
ECA Group CEO Steve Bratt, who chaired the event, commented: ‘The new electrotechnical trailblazer standard builds on the previous highly effective training framework, and will help our industry develop the leaders of tomorrow.
‘Employers are undoubtedly the unsung heroes of apprenticeships, due to their ongoing commitment to helping young people at the start of their careers.
‘However, with employers facing a growing skills shortage, it’s vital the government continues to work with industry to minimise any costs and red tape associated with providing workplace experience and training young people.’