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BAE Systems welcome's new Apprenticeship Trailblazers

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BAE Systems welcome's new Apprenticeship Trailblazers

BAE Systems welcomes the launch of seven Aerospace and Airworthiness trailblazer standards for UK apprenticeships, announced by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The new standards for apprenticeships ensure consistent, high standards for apprentices in the sector.

BAE Systems worked together with other leading employers in the Aerospace and Airworthiness sectors to design and develop the new Aerospace and Airworthiness Apprenticeship Trailblazer Standards. The new standards will shape the future of apprenticeships and meet the needs of large companies and SMEs as well as providing a range of flexible pathways into work and careers in our sector for young people.
Skills Minister Nick Boles MP said:
“Apprenticeships are a real success story. Through giving leading employers such as BAE Systems the power to design and deliver high quality apprenticeships we can give young people the skills our economy vitally needs. I congratulate BAE Systems and members of the Aerospace and Airworthiness Trailblazers on their involvement in designing the new apprenticeships which we have published today.”

A key feature of the new standards is that for the first time they align competence on completion for the Level 3 (A Level equivalent programmes) to the Engineering Council’s Engineering Technician level. They also see the introduction of two new Degree Apprenticeship standards that will allow apprentices to take degree level qualifications as part of their apprenticeships. In this way they provide an innovative alternative to the traditional university route to higher education level qualifications.
Nigel Whitehead, BAE Systems Group Managing Director said:
“BAE Systems has long been committed to delivering high quality apprenticeships and we are delighted the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has announced their approval of all five of the Apprenticeship Standards and both of the Degree Apprenticeship Standards. This places the Aerospace sector in a strong position to offer a range of Apprenticeship programmes to meet the skills and capability needs of the future. Equally, it will ensure that apprentices are learning skills that employers value, thus providing them a great launchpad for their careers”.

Launched in October 2013, the Trailblazers initiative is designed to ensure that every apprentice in England is enrolled on a scheme that has been designed and approved by employers. BAE Systems and other companies in our sector supported the effort by providing short, easy to understand documents that describe the level of skill, knowledge and competency required to achieve the required standard of skill in a specific occupation. As a result, apprenticeships will be based on standards designed by employers to meet their needs, the needs of their sector and the economy more widely.

The apprenticeship standards have been developed as part of the Aerospace Growth Partnership, which is seeing employers in the sector work together to meet the long term skills needs. The new standards approved today by BIS include:

  • Airworthiness Planning, Quality & Safety Technician Standard
  • Aircraft Maintenance Certifying Engineer (Fixed and Rotary Wing) Standard
  • Survival Equipment Fitter Standard
  • Aviation Maintenance Mechanic (Military) Standard
  • Machinist – Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Standard
  • Aerospace Engineer Standard
  • Aerospace Software Development Engineer Standard

In addition to the 7 Aerospace and Airworthiness Standards, BAE Systems was also part of the Maritime Defence Trailblazer group that had their Maritime Mechanical Fitter Standard approved. The Company also support the development by the Defence Growth Partnership of the innovative Systems Engineering Masters (Level 7) Standard.

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