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B&ES opens training standards consultation

The Building and Engineering Services Association (B&ES) has launched a consultation to ensure training standards reflect current and future business requirements.

Following the Richard Review of Apprenticeships in England in 2012, the government challenged employers in all sectors to rethink their training requirements to ensure that the skills their apprentices acquire truly reflect their business needs.

The resulting new arrangements are often referred to as Trailblazer apprenticeships.

With support from B&ES, a group of employers has given in-depth consideration to how building services engineering might best rise to the challenge – and has come up with a strategy for developing revised apprenticeship standards for the principal occupations in the sector.

As the first phase in this exercise, the group has drafted statements that describe the main competences which a craftsperson and installer ought to have acquired by the end of an apprenticeship.

It is now keen to receive the views of employers which is why B&ES has launched this major consultation exercise.

Employers are asked to read and understand the two draft apprenticeship standards, along with the accompanying background information, before they complete the online questionnaire.

A five consultation meetings are being held in different locations during January, which all interested employers are encouraged to attend.

The revised standards consultation ends on Friday, 23 January.

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