Water and waste management companies created new UK apprenticeship standards

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Source: Energy & Efficiency Industrial Partnership

United Kingdom — Leading employers from the water and waste management industries, collaborating through the Energy & Efficiency Industrial Partnership, have developed two  new trailblazer apprenticeships, which will meet the future needs of both employers and apprentices.

The Government’s new Trailblazer campaign provides employers with the opportunity to develop and implement new Apprenticeship standards. Water and waste management employers have risen to the challenge to develop their first set of Apprenticeship standards and we’re pleased to announce that following submission to the Departments for Business, Innovation & Skills and Education, the Level 3 Water Process Technician and Utilities Engineering Technician Apprenticeship standards have been approved. This means that the standards developed by the trailblazer will become ‘the’ apprenticeship standard for these occupations.

Employers can now begin to define the detailed content and assessment needed, so apprentices starting in September 2015 will embark on the first fully employer-led apprenticeships for their sector.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “I’m delighted that Energy & Utilities Trailblazer has developed new Utilities Engineering Technician and Water Process Technician apprenticeship standards. Since 2010 there have been 1.8 million apprenticeship starts and Energy & Utilities are leading by example in the development and delivery of high quality apprenticeships that give people the chance of successful careers and help businesses get the skills they need to grow.”

Jan Newberry, Training Manager at South West Water and Chair of the water and waste management Trailblazer Apprenticeship Group, commented: “We’re delighted that through a great collaborative effort between employers in the water and waste management sectors we have developed these two new standards as part this ground breaking Government initiative. All involved in the group have worked extremely hard to define these employer led standards, which will ensure our Apprentices have the right skill sets needed to meet the business challenges that lie ahead.”

Employers involved will match the Government’s £33m investment in the Energy & Efficiency Industrial Partnership, to help deliver around 70,000 new learning opportunities including Apprenticeships and Traineeships. The Partnership will also fund increased training and innovation in delivery formats and entry routes to ensure the industry has the right quantity, quality and diversity of new recruits.

Source: Energy & Efficiency Industrial Partnership