Following the government's recent report 'The Future of Apprenticeships in England', The Welding Institute has proposed to co-ordinate, design and deliver a welding apprenticeships trailblazer. It will work with a number of companies to support the transformation of apprenticeship standards in England. The initiative has been kick-started by the government, which has suggested the delivery of change should be led by employers with the support of professional bodies associated with each industry.
As part of Phase 3 of the trailblazer initiative, The Welding Institute, the professional body for welding in the UK, will work with employers to increase the quality of apprenticeships and create a standardised approach across England. Currently, there are at least 42 different welding qualifications shared between six competing awarding organisations.
The Welding Institute will support the trailblazer for welding to create a dedicated welding apprenticeship, which would facilitate compliance with important standards (e.g. ISO 3834 for manufacturers, EN 1090 for construction, EN 15085 for the railway sector). This would reduce confusion for employers, apprentices and training providers.
The Welding Institute would like to hear from employers who are keen to support a welding apprenticeship trailblazer and input into the discussions of what a welding apprenticeship should look like. In order for the initiative to be a success, input is needed from as many companies as possible, whatever their size and number of apprentice staff.
Please contact us for further details and express your interest by 1 July 2014.