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Employers urged to share views on apprenticeships

Civil engineering employers are being encouraged to share their views on a proposed new Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Strategy. 

The government is reforming the way apprenticeships are designed, funded and delivered. It wants to give employers more control over apprenticeships and ensure all apprenticeships are rigorous and responsive to employers’ needs.

A new Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Strategy is central to the reforms. It sets out the technical knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of someone working in a particular occupation. Achievement of theStandard will be assessed at the end of an apprenticeship when it is expected that an apprentice should be able to competently undertake the role set out in the Standard.

A group of employers from the public and private sector, assisted by ICE, is engaged in defining the requirements of the civil engineering technician apprenticeship.

The apprenticeship is intended to provide the skills young people need when starting careers in civil engineering. 

The prototype for this standard, which already maps to the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UKSPEC) requirements for registration as an Engineering Technician, has been running for five years under the auspices of the Technician Apprenticeship Consortium. This proposed new apprenticeship standard is what civil engineering apprentices will have to reach before progressing to the EngTech qualification.

The deadline for submitting views on the proposed standard is 31 August.

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