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Apprenticeship standards secure seal of approval

Standards that future apprentices in the ductwork and service and maintenance sectors of the building engineering services industry will be expected to achieve by the end of their training have gained government approval.

The standards, which were developed by groups of employers brought together under the auspices of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES), have been the subject of extensive industry consultation and were submitted to the apprenticeship unit of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) in June.

Confirmation that they meet the required criteria was contained in an announcement by the Prime Minister of a package of measures designed to boost apprenticeship numbers and drive up the quality of training.

Commenting on the approval of the standards – which represents a continuation of the government’s on-going Trailblazer programme – skills minister Nick Boles said that businesses were best placed to train the next generation of workers and help deliver 3 million high-quality apprenticeships by 2020.

“By designing apprenticeships, organisations like the B&ES and its employer groups are ensuring that talented young people develop the skills needed to progress up the career ladder and help drive businesses forward,” Mr Boles added.

Consistent with the government’s apprenticeship reforms, the key objective of the Trailblazer programme is to make sure it reflects employers’ business requirements.

Standards-setting exercises will begin shortly in respect of ventilation hygiene and other relevant fields, and further groupings of employers have been formed to undertake the relevant work.

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