Latest bid for trailblazer apprenticeship approved

A new construction equipment mechanic ‘trailblazer’ apprenticeship has been given the green light.

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) has given approval for the development of a new Level 2 apprenticeship, following several years of work from the employer-led Trailblazer working group supported by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA).

This new Trailblazer Apprenticeship for Construction Equipment Mechanics will replace the current Plant Mechanic Framework Apprenticeship, which is being phased out in 2020.

The group now aims to seek approval to develop a trailblazer apprenticeship for a technician-level occupation equivalent to Level 3 or above.

The joint chairs of the employer-led Trailblazer working group, Ed Hudson from Liebherr GB and Rob Allen from Clee Hill Plant commented, “We are delighted that after having our bids continually rejected over the last three  years, that our latest bid for a Level 2 apprenticeship has been finally approved by the Institute, who have now recognised the uniqueness of our construction equipment mechanic occupation in comparison to other Trailblazers designed for the rural, heavy goods vehicle, public service vehicle and lift truck sectors.

“There is still much work to do and we also need to start the process of making a submission for a Level 3 technician occupation as well but we, the joint chairs, would like thank the input of CPA to help get us this far and to the support and perseverance of the working group from which we can work now collectively to bring this project through to fruition.”

The employer-led working group for the Construction Plant Operative Trailblazer Apprenticeship, led by Flannery Plant Hire, has also learnt that their standard – the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) required for the occupation – has also been approved by the IfATE. The working group is in the process of devising the assessment plan, which details how the KSB’s will be assessed.