Trailblazers Wanted For New Apprenticeships

The Government introduced a review of apprenticeships which was first published in 2013 entitled The Future of Apprenticeships in England: Implementation Plan 3. Its aim is to grow the number of apprenticeships available but, more importantly, to put employers in the driving seat. Future apprenticeships will be based on standards designed by employers, making them more relevant and thus more attractive both to existing and new employers.

Apprentices will need to demonstrate their competence through rigorous and holistic assessment. This will focus on the end of the apprenticeship to ensure that the apprentice is ready to progress.

The new employer-designed standards will be short and easy to understand. They will describe the knowledge, skills and behaviour (KSBs) that an individual needs in order to be fully competent within an occupation.

What will happen if Natural Stone Industry employers do Trailblazers wanted for new apprentieshipsnothing?

Apprentices will cease to exist as we currently know them and FE Colleges will simply deliver bespoke / requested training courses. This, of course, will lead to a diverse range of training standards and possibly future issues with stone masonry qualifications (and CSCS card issue).

How is the Natural Stone Industry dealing with this?

Currently it isn’t!

What needs to happen?

We need a minimum of 10 employers to work together and design the standards and assessment plans for specific apprenticeships in the natural stone sector.

By getting involved in developing the standards for occupations in your area of work, you will have the opportunity to define the knowledge and skills you require from your future workforce and which training (supported by the Government) will help to deliver this. In turn, this will mean that apprenticeships support more directly your business growth and prosperity.


The Future of Apprenticeships in England: Implementation Plan 3.

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