The spotlight is firmly on apprenticeships, with four months to go until the Apprenticeship Levy takes effect, and the hard work continues behind the scenes in sustaining and raising the standard of them.
In a bid to give employers more control over how apprenticeship programmes are designed and implemented, groups called Trailblazers from a range of sectors continue to form to develop new apprenticeship standards.
Trailblazers are working to benefit both employees and employers, by boosting apprenticeship standards across the board, leading to a steady pipeline of talent and more skilled workers.
The groups consist of a cross section of employers from a particular sector who work together to create new, occupation specific standards which detail the skills, knowledge and behaviours required of an apprentice in that role.
As experts in delivering training programmes to the Facilities Management sector, Jigsaw Training is working together with employers to help increase quality in this field.
FM is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK, employing around 10 per cent of the population, with a diverse range of roles and opportunities for progression.
The Level 2 Property Maintenance Operative has already been approved and seen a high demand from employers, while the Level 3 Facilities Management Supervisor, Level 4 Facilities Manager, Level 6 Head of Facilities Management, Level 2 Cleaning and Support Services Operative and Level 3 Security Manager are well underway.
Taking business needs into account and reflecting them through the standards will enable employers to attract new talent to the industry, as well as engage their current workforce in education to support the talent pipeline more effectively.
With 89 per cent of employers saying apprentices help make their business more productive, it is in everyone’s best interest to ensure the system is robust and effective. It’s also important to continue reminding businesses of the importance of apprenticeships and the vast benefits they can bring.
With many of the new Trailblazer standards expected to be rolled out in 2017, it will only be then when we will begin to see the true impact of the latest apprenticeship reforms.