Partnership to deliver higher engineering apprenticeship
23 Jun 2012
A new Higher Apprenticeship in Engineering Environmental Technologies (HA-EET) has just been announced – and City and Islington College is already working with the New Engineering Foundation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)to develop and deliver this.
The scheme has been designed to equip learners with a broad awareness of environmental technologies across sectors and the sustainability challenges in the manufacturing, construction, energy, logistics and other engineering and scientific sectors. The apprentices will also focus on the specialism related to their employer, gaining in-depth knowledge and growing their ability to contribute to research and future developments in their sector.
The HA-EET will be a work-based learning programme, providing skills and qualifications at Level 4. The model ensures a good balance between practical, work-related knowledge and the transferable skills needed for a sustainable and rewarding career, with opportunities to progress to higher level job roles.
Demand from industry is central to the entire programme and employers will be involved in its development through a pilot year. Starting in January 2013, the HA-EET will operate with an initial cohort of 120 learners across the country. The course will take two years to complete, with additional groups of learners joining at regular intervals.
Features of the City and Islington College/ NEF Higher Apprenticeship model include:
•Multiple entry routes (including from Level 3 vocational courses, A Levels, HNC or equivalent qualifications/experience)
•Specialist modules provide qualified staff into a variety of sectors, including energy, construction, logistics and manufacturing, while embracing the skills and competencies that are common across a variety of engineering and technical industries
•Fosters innovation as a valuable skill for the employer and the apprentice's career
•Widens participation by enabling various entry routes and creating a new qualification route for existing employees, as well as new recruits.
Having been asked to manage this project in May, the College and NEF are moving rapidly to ensure the scheme successfully meets the requirements of employers. The project will involve development of an innovative, flexible apprenticeship framework and the creation of a sustainable support network for providers. The curriculum is being assembled by embracing both existing units and qualifications from a range of sources and developing new material to address specific industry requirements. This includes a range of e-learning modules covering installation and maintenance of environmental technology systems, for example.
Principal of City and Islington College, Frank McLoughlin CBE said: "In uncertain economic times such as these, it is important that we continue to innovate to ensure that the demand for highly qualified staff in expanding industries such as environmental engineering is met. We also need to ensure that students are able to take their first steps in their future careers."
NEF CEO, Professor Sa'ad Medhat added: "This apprenticeship framework is timely and essential, tackling the identified skills shortages facing employers now. It will also play a big part in preparing the UK to meet both the environmental and economic challenges facing the country and indeed internationally."
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