Member firms of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), with whom Unite the Union are industrial partners under the BATJIC (Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council) national collective agreement, have developed two new apprenticeship standards for the construction industry as part of the Government's Trailblazer initiative.
The apprenticeships are in bricklaying and plastering/drylining and both are at the Advanced Level 3 standard.
The Group has met several times in recent weeks and has now developed two draft standards – please find the links to these below:
As part of the process, the Group is keen to consult as widely as possible, to ensure the standards are robust and of the highest quality, meeting the needs of all construction employers, irrespective of the firm's size.
The FMB would be grateful for feedback from Unite members whom have an interest in these occupations, on the standards before they submit them to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
This survey asks five simple questions about the standards with an opportunity to leave comments at the end.
Please complete this short survey which will allow you to input your views: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/bricksplaster
This initial consultation will end at midnight on Wednesday 23rd December 2015. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will conduct a further consultation once the standards have been submitted.
Please note that under the rules of the trailblazer initiative, the apprenticeship standards linked to the above are strictly limited to two sides of A4 – this means that the FMB must be incredibly concise when adding any additional content. Once the two standards are approved, the detailed and substantial learning and assessment criteria that underpin the standards will be developed, and those will be subject to further consultation also before approval.