The HEEST Trailblazer consortium, supported by techUK, AMDEA, RETRA, Consumer electronics manufacturers and colleges that offer courses on electrical and electronic engineering have finally gained approval for a new apprenticeship scheme that can be used by companies that contribute to the apprenticeship levy.
This apprenticeship is designed to support the training of personnel working the electrical and electronics consumer goods sector in particular and will support the future provision of field and bench support engineers where we face a future shortage of skills due to the aging work force and lack of new entrants into the sector.
Paul Hide of techUK commented "The Trailblazer consortium has been working on this initiative for several years now so it is great to finally gain approval for our scheme which allows it to be lauched within supporting colleges. Particular thanks go to Paul Eagle, Whirlpool, who has spent considerable time designing and negotiating the details of the scheme and also to Steve Williams, Gower College, who chairs the HEEST Forum. We believe that this course can provide an excellent training base for engineers of the future and we plan to support the promotion and adoption of this scheme in 2018 and beyond".
More detail on the scheme can be obtained via the IoA and HEEST websites links below: