The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC)-led apprenticeship employers group has developed the draft Trailblazer standard for roofing, which it says is clearly reflecting the BIS criteria:
– Apprenticeship standard must be short, concise, accessible documents. They must describe skills, knowledge and competency required for a specific occupation.
– Describe what full competence for a specific occupation means so that, on completion, an apprentice will have the skills, knowledge, behaviour and confidence to perform the role in any part if the sector. The new standard must be publicly recognised by employers (including SMEs).
– The new standard must be suitable for small businesses to use to train their apprentices, if necessary with external training.
– The standard must contain sufficient content and be pitched at such a level, that a new entrant to the occupation would find it stretching and require at least one year to meet the standard.
– The standard must specify the level of English and Maths achievements required, whether this is the minimum level required by Government for all apprenticeships or a level above this minimum set by the Trailblazer.
– The new standards may specify any mandatory qualifications to be achieved by all apprentices as a pre-requisite to taking the end-point assessment. (Skills test).
Now the draft Apprenticeship Trailblazer for Roofing standard has been developed, the Association says the next step is to move onto the Consultation with the wider roofing industry, roofing contractors and training providers, in order to establish demand as well as the quality and relevance.
The NFRC says it wants to ensure that the Consultation is inclusive, all stakeholders participate and says it guarantees transparency, openness and clarity and that all stakeholders have the information they need to provide feedback.
The Consultation Phase will close on Sunday 5th June 2016, click here for a link to the survey.