Opinion: Get ready to take on an apprentice

Sarah Wright discusses the Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard and explains how employers can help design the right training programmes.

Opinion: Get ready to take on an apprentice
Opinion: Get ready to take on an apprentice

We know that apprenticeships work. Many companies, such as DRP and Wise Productions, are already reaping the rewards, and soon you'll have access to an apprenticeship standard that will be designed by employers, tested by the industry, and where you can access government funding to work with the training provider of your choice. Hallelujah!

I am thrilled that our recent application to set up a Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard was approved by government. And following our launch meeting with the apprenticeship team at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, I'm even more excited - because we will make employing an apprentice even easier for you, the employer.

So how's it all going to work?

The Trailblazer scheme puts employers at the centre, as we will work with them to design the standard - effectively the job description. I'm delighted that Mark Riches, managing director of First Protocol, will be leading the Employer Advisory Board and Standard Development Board, who will design the apprenticeship - outlining the key skills, knowledge and behaviours.

We will also be setting up a Comms and Engagement Board to help us reach out across the industry to test the apprenticeship standard robustly once it is designed. And then we will engage with training providers, sector skills councils and other key industry bodies to develop the best training and assessment plans to deliver against that standard, all approved by the Employer Advisory Board. Finally, we will submit the standard for approval by government.

We need employer input to ensure that we design a training programme that is flexible and truly meets the needs of the broad range of employers in our industry. If you would like to get involved please contact mail@sarahwrightconsulting.com or mark.riches@firstprotocol.com.

Sarah Wright is director, Sarah Wright Consulting


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