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The Best Career Choice in the World: Industry Apprentices’ Message to Young People

Ahead of GCSE and A-Level results days, a leading group of engineering apprentices is urging young people to be calm and consider the full range of options – whatever their results.

According to the latest research by the Industry Apprentice Council, 98% of engineering apprentices are happy with their career choice – and this finding cuts across apprentices at all levels, from Level 2 (intermediate level) to Level 6 (degree level).

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The ‘world’s best career route’ at risk from poor policy and government changes

iac-report-graphicDespite successive governments having created what apprentices say could be 'the best career route in the world' for under-25s, apprentices say this is now at risk.

New research shows 98 per cent of engineering apprentices are happy in their jobs – citing good pay and no debt, fulfilling work, qualifications and career progression. But this extraordinarily successful career route is at risk from government changes to the apprenticeship system and is being held back by poor careers advice at school.

The research was carried out with 1200 apprentices, through the Industry Apprentice Council – made up of apprentices from the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector and supported by national engineering skills body Semta.

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Businesses urged to train more engineers as new qualification puts Wales on the skills map

Wales has introduced a new engineering qualification, developed by Semta - the engineering skills body, to put the country on an equal footing with other countries across Europe. Employers in the sector have been urged to seize the opportunity to grow their own talent and close the nation's skills gap.

Wales joins a number of other European nations where Master Craftsperson qualifications are recognised, including Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The Master Craftsperson Diploma in Engineering is a higher apprenticeship used in other European nations.

Semta CEO Ann Watson explained why her organisation developed the new qualification, saying: "Wales controls its own skills system and the new Master Craftsperson qualification is unique in the UK.

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Jobs for the Girls - initiative launched to help close technical skills gap

apprenticeship-toolkit-logo with websiteA toolkit has been launched to help businesses close the skills gap in the construction, engineering, technology and manufacturing sectors by recruiting women and girls into the sector through apprenticeships.

WISE, which campaigns to get more women into STEM careers, the engineering skills body Semta and the Institution of Civil Engineers have formed a partnership to launch the apprenticeship toolkit for businesses.

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Derwent Training Association Announced as Apprentice Team of the Year Finalist

Apprentices from engineering training provider Derwent Training Association, have been named national finalists in the search for the apprentice team of the year.

After four months of hard work by over 650 apprentices from across 75 organisations from the country’s leading apprentice employers, training providers and colleges, the National Finalists of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge were announced at the House of Commons.

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Team UK Engineering Competitors Announced

28th April 2017

The nation’s elite young skilled women and men have been selected to go for gold against the rest of the World – in a litmus test for the future of our economy.

Successful and talented Team UK members have beaten off the challenge from thousands of fellow and former apprentices and students to represent the UK at the WorldSkills Finals in Abu Dhabi this October (14 - 19).

The two-year (or more) process has seen competitors win regional heats, a national final, European finals and last month jump the final hurdle reaching the most testing international standards at a team selection showdown.

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Quality Assured! Semta Apprenticeship Service is on the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP)

3rd April 2017

Semta Apprenticeship Service has been rewarded for its expertise and record of delivering high quality apprenticeships with a place on a new government register.

Only organisations on the recently published Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers will be able to deliver apprenticeship training for apprenticeships that start on 1st May 2017 or after. Around a quarter of applications for membership of the register were rejected by the government.

What does this mean?

Semta Apprenticeship Service’s acceptance on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers means we can deliver quality assured government funded apprenticeship training to employers who will be paying the apprenticeship levy. (Please note, we appear on the RoATP as Metskill Ltd, rather than Semta Apprenticeship Service our trading name).

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Apprenticeship Levy Funds Training for All Ages of Workforce for First Time

4th April 2017

Engineering and manufacturing companies of any size could fill skills gaps by using the government’s new apprenticeship levy, which comes into force on 6 April. For the first time, employees aged 24 and over will attract 90% funding for apprenticeship training, with no upper age limit and with eligibility for graduates.

“Employers have struggled to train in the last few years and this new funding could help upskill our workforces and compete with Europe in terms of productivity,” says Ann Watson, chief executive of Semta (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance). “Funded apprenticeships are now available for every age group in the workforce. Employers don’t have to recruit to get the skills they need, they can upskill existing employees. This is a tremendous opportunity for both employers and employees.”

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Engineering Employers Urge Apprenticeship Body to Retain Qualifications

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23rd April 2017

As the Department for Education (DfE) is poised to transfer responsibility for apprenticeships to the new Institute for Apprenticeships on 6 April, engineering employers are urging the body to keep recognised qualifications a core feature of apprenticeship standards.

Ann Watson, chief executive of Semta, says: “The government’s original apprenticeship standard insisted only on one end test and no requirement for the apprenticeship to achieve a recognised qualification. Engineering employers have argued and won the case for our industry to have continuous assessment and qualifications in our apprenticeships. We must not lose this recognition as responsibility transfers.”

To support the employers’ case, Semta commissioned research into international best practice by Professor Lorna Unwin of UCL Institute of Education. This showed that countries with leading apprenticeships – including Germany, Denmark, Switzerland and the Netherlands – all have continual assessment and lead to qualifications.

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