Have your say on the electrotechnical apprenticeships ...

Consultation - a revised standard for electrotechnical apprentices

29 January 2014

A short consultation has been launched to gather views on a revised standard for electrotechnical apprenticeships in England. The revised apprenticeship standard for the two occupations under review is for the occupational disciplines of Installation Electrician and Maintenance Electrician. Full details can be found below:

Trailblazers - a review of apprenticeships in England: A revised standard for electrotechnical apprentices

Unfortunately, the response time for this consultation is very short so please respond by 3rd February.

A few minutes now could make all the difference to the future workforce, and ensure we have a world class, high quality standard for apprentice installation electricians and apprentice maintenance electricians to follow into the future. Furthermore, if your company employ apprentices, or are thinking about employing electrical apprentices, please encourage them to respond.

Unite encourages electrician members to take part in this consultation to ensure the voices of practicing electricians in the industry are heard. The union is in the process of analysing the draft revised standard and will be making a formal response to the IET prior to the deadline. Unite will be seeking clarification on some of the content in the behavioural section, and reiterating our views on the need for thorough formative assessment throughout the apprenticeship leading up to the final end test (AM2), coupled with the requirement for robust independent apprenticeship completion procedures, to ensure that apprentices are properly mentored and progressing with their learning on and off site, and that they are not held back by unscrupulous employers, as previously outlined by the union to the Richard Review of Apprenticeships in 2012 and 2013.

Both the Unite and ECA positions are that whilst electrotechnical training varies widely outside the apprenticeship framework, the electrical installation apprenticeship is not in need of major reform.

The revised draft standard reflects and builds upon the advanced craft and comparable NVQ/QCF Level 3 requirements we expect of an industry recognised, JIB graded. ECS gold cardholder, qualified electrician.

Unlike some other industries with less established programmes, the electrotechnical apprenticeship is already regarded as one of a select group which represent the ‘gold standard’ for a UK apprenticeship.

The industry has taken care to build an apprenticeship which is employer and industry led, and is compliant with the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE), and fits with the government’s proposed new apprenticeship criteria, including the provision of an independent assessment of competence.

The consultation closes on 3 February 2014.

Read the revised standard and have your say.