Press release

IET and TESP join forces to promote new apprenticeship standard

24 March 2016

Bringing together employers and training providers to inform them about the latest apprenticeship developments.

An event organised by the Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) brought together employers and training providers to inform them about the latest apprenticeship developments.

Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the event provided a range of information on all aspects of the new apprenticeship standard and an update on the apprenticeship funding proposals - including the new Apprenticeship Levy.

Attendees heard from a range of speakers, including TESP Vice Chair Steve Burley, who spoke about the background to the standard's development and IET Director of Membership and Professional Development Michelle Richmond, who spoke about the links between the new standard and professional registration. Joint Industry Board (JIB) Chief Executive Steve Brawley also discussed details of the new governance model for the apprenticeship standard which TESP and the IET will jointly oversee on the industry's behalf.

Michelle Richmond, IET Director of Membership and Professional Development, said: "The new apprenticeship will provide an exemplifying route to EngTech registration and a more effective way for those who undertake it to achieve the formal recognition as members of the engineering community that they and this industry deserve. Our partnership with TESP will provide a means of ensuring that the new standard evolves in line with the wishes of employers and the demands on industry, and provides a blueprint for apprentice training for many years to come."

Steve Burley, TESP Vice Chair, said: "I hope today has provided a clearer picture of how the new apprenticeship standard will complement what we have had until now and how it will help our industry to continue to deliver high-quality apprenticeships. In the past, our apprenticeship has been referred to as 'gold standard'; now it will be a platinum one, and one that will enable the industry's skills base to support a world that is becoming more technical and driven by technology."

Steve Bratt, ECA Group CEO, who chaired the event, said: "The new apprenticeship standard builds on the highly effective framework the industry had before and, through the Trailblazer programme, has enabled employers - the unsung heroes of apprenticeships - to help it evolve to reflect their skills needs. It will ensure that the investment businesses make in their apprentices is targeted towards fulfilling their skills needs, and will help our industry develop the next generation of skilled workers and leaders of tomorrow."

Media enquiries to:

Hannah Kellett
External Communications Manager

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Email: HKellett@theiet.org

Notes to editors:

  • The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 167,000 members in 150 countries. It is also the most interdisciplinary – to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. Energy, transport, manufacturing, information and communications, and the built environment: the IET covers them all.
  • The IET is working to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing our members, engineers and technicians, and all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers.
  • We want to build the profile of engineering and change outdated perceptions about engineering in order to tackle the skills gap. This includes encouraging more women to become engineers and growing the number of engineering apprentices.