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Pipework training standards win ministerial approval

New standards that future apprentices in the pipefitting trades will be expected to achieve by the end of their training have gained ministerial approval.

Developed by a group of employers brought together under the backing of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES), the standards have been the subject of extensive industry consultation and were submitted to the apprenticeship unit of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) last month.

Formal notification that the submission had been officially approved came from BIS minister of state Nick Boles and the Department for Education during National Apprenticeship Week.

“By giving employers the power to design and deliver high-quality apprenticeships, we can provide young people with the skills our economy vitally needs,” Mr Boles said.

The standards cover building services engineering craftpersons and installers. 

Similar exercises will begin shortly in respect of apprenticeships in the ductwork, service and facilities, ventilation hygiene and other relevant fields.

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