Today employers are at the forefront of the development of apprenticeships and learning; creating people with workplace skills that are relevant to business and industry. The term ‘Trailblazer Apprenticeship’ is used when a group of employers work together to design new apprenticeship standards for occupations within their sectors.
As a trade association ATaC is working as part of the Trailblazer Group to produce an apprenticeship scheme for asbestos analysts and surveyors.
The Asbestos Analysts and Surveyors Apprenticeship scheme has been designed for any organisation thinking of recruiting new staff to conduct asbestos fibre counting and 4-stage re-occupation tests, bulk asbestos identification and surveying for asbestos containing materials.
The Trailblazer Group has created an industry standard, which has now been approved by the Department of Education (DfE).
Also funding for the scheme has been allocated at CAP3. This allows the Trailblazer Group a total of £9,000 for training and assessing an apprentice through the two year scheme.
The next step was to produce an assessment plan for the scheme This has been completed and the Trailblazer Group has submitted it to the DfE for approval.
The Government is planning to change the way apprenticeships are funded by introducing an Apprenticeship Levy, in April 2017, for employers with a wage bill of >£3 Million. Due to these plans, the Trailblazer Group intends to have the apprenticeship scheme up and running in advance of a levy introduction.
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