IET approved apprenticeship schemes offer apprentices many benefits including streamlined Engineering Technician (EngTech) application processes, TMIET membership of the IET plus much, much more.
The IET offers a lot of different services, and one of them is to assess companies that offer apprenticeship schemes to prove that they demonstrate commitment to establishing the best career foundations for engineering apprentices. But what does this assessment entail and how can apprentices benefit from choosing an IET approved scheme? Well, we sat down with the Technician Training Advisor at the IET to run us through the assessment process and the perks for the schemes' apprentices.
Our expert volunteers will have studied the content of the NVQ Level 3 and have judged it to cover all the requirements (13 competencies and commitment) to meet the standard for EngTech professional registration. This is the "mapped" NVQ - mapped against the UK-SPEC for EngTech. The mapping of NVQs is free.
Any employer or learning provider delivering a mapped NVQ can apply to have their scheme approved. The ability of the provider to supply the scheme is then assessed by The IET and if successful, becomes "approved".
Being an "approved apprenticeship scheme" is an assurance that the provider is committed to the future development of the participants, the content in both learning and experience is of a standard that will be of real value to any engineering employer and the support structure is capable of guiding the participants through their developing career. In addition, both the employer and the apprentices have access to all the backup services offered by the IET.
The main benefit of being on an "approved apprenticeship scheme" is that the application process for professional status as an Engineering Technician (EngTech), upon successful completion, is much easier. There is usually no need to supply evidence of competence and commitment, just a brief summary of work experience.
While on an approved scheme, apprentices are encouraged to become apprentice members of the IET and will be eligible to apply for TMIET membership upon completion of their training. The membership fees for apprentices are much lower than standard, but the benefits are the same as the other categories of individual membership. Apprentice members will have access to Career Manager (an online CV/competence tool), receive regular magazines, stay one step ahead through the Engineering and ICT library etc.
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