Minister of State for Skills and Equalities, Nick Boles MP launches phase 3 apprenticeships
Following the announcement today by the Department for Business, Innovation and
Skills, The Welding Institute is pleased to confirm the start of a new project to
transform standards and qualification guidelines for welding apprenticeships.
In the latest phase of the government’s apprenticeships trailblazer plan announced
earlier this year, the Institute will work alongside leading UK employers and skills
professionals in a working group to roll out a programme to boost opportunities
for young people entering the manufacturing and construction employment markets.
This employer-led approach means that companies will have a free reign to develop
an optimised standard for a welding apprenticeship suitable for all industrial sectors
that depend on the skill and knowledge of welders. The group will also be able to
contribute a practical voice in relation to assessing English, Maths and functional
The Welding Apprenticeship Employer Group, chaired by Mike Skyrme from BAE Systems,
held its first meeting in September and is beginning to draft the new welding apprenticeship
standard. It will submit the standard to the Department for Business, Innovation
and Skills during the spring of 2015.
Co-ordinator of the welding apprenticeship trailblazer Tim Jessop, Associate Director
at The Welding Institute, said, ‘The rapid increase in demand for skilled welders
in manufacturing and construction across the country and the shortage of such people
is a clear indication of the need for a new approach to welding apprenticeships.
We hope this project will result in a boost in the number of employers taking on
apprentices and encourage new interest from the young people themselves. We are
looking forward to working with the group and seeing the trailblazer take shape
in the coming months.’
Skills Minister Nick Boles said, ‘I congratulate The Welding Institute for the key
role it is playing in developing new top-quality apprenticeships. Through the trailblazers’
initiative, organisations like The Welding Institute, in collaboration with its
industry partners, will give people the skills they need to thrive and our businesses
need to compete.’
Representing employers, sector skills councils, professional bodies, and national
trade associations, Welding Apprenticeships Employer Group comprises, Alstom; BAE
Systems; British Constructional Steelwork Association; Doosan-Babcock; Liebherr;
Pall Europe; Rolls-Royce plc; TEi; Kellog, Brown and Root; Graham Engineering Ltd;
Hudson-Swan Engineering Ltd; and Billington Structures Ltd, with professional engineering
contribution from The Welding Institute, and skills council involvement from Semta
and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board.
For more information, or if you are employer interested in supporting this trailblazer,
us. Visit the apprenticeships website at www.apprenticeships.org.uk
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