Waste Trailblazer Apprenticeship standards given green light to proceed

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An employer-led group set up to develop two new waste management and recycling Trailblazer Apprenticeship standards has been given the thumbs-up to go ahead.

According to CIWM and WAMITAB, expressions of Interest for the first two standards – a Level 2 Resource Operative and a Level 4 Resource Technical Manager – are been approved and the full standard and assessment plan for each apprenticeship will now be developed. A Level 3 standard for supervisors is also reported to be being considered for future submission.

There are two other Trailblazer Apprenticeships being developed as well under separate initiatives for metals waste and street cleansing.

The new apprenticeships are funded through a levy paid by all large employers in the UK with a pay bill of over £3 million/year. In England, these employers can then recoup their levy by enrolling staff onto apprenticeship programmes. Smaller companies are not required to pay the levy, but those based in England can get 90% funded apprenticeships if they put in 10% of the costs.

Chris James, CEO of WAMITAB, said: “This is one of the biggest changes in apprenticeship design, delivery and funding for over a decade which should enable employers and learners to access a new style of learning that is directly relevant to the workplace. The government has been pushing for an employer-led approach for the past decade and it is important that professional bodies and awarding organisations pool their experience with employers and key stakeholders to produce a fit-for-purpose standard. The aim is for the new standards to be available for delivery from early 2018 and in the meantime the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) frameworks will continue to be available.”

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