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Engineering & Manufacturing Route Review Launched

Update: December 17, 2019

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has taken the decision to extend the deadline for the Engineering and Manufacturing Route Review consultation. Interested parties now have until 5th February 2020 to submit their views and help shape the future of apprenticeships.

Ana Osbourne, Deputy Director – Approvals for the Institute said:

“Employers have told us that they need additional time and we want the hear from everyone who has in interest in the sector.’’

“The extension will help us to take a more rounded view when we come to making decisions on this route.”

For background

• The Engineering and Manufacturing Route Review was launched on 16 October 2019 and was due to run for twelve weeks, the original closing date was 8th January 2020.

We would appreciate your participation in the consultation. We would also appreciate if you could encourage your colleagues and further networks to take part in the consultation.

A 12-week public consultation has been launched as part of the largest ever Route Review by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute). Encompassing 59 apprenticeship standards in the Engineering and Manufacturing sector the announcement follows the successful completion of the Digital Route Review, the first of its kind, in May earlier this year.

The consultation is open to employers, apprentices, training providers and all interested parties to influence future technical training provision within the sector. The Institute is especially keen to encourage a strong engagement with employers who are, in its view, best placed to advise on the UK’s real-world skills and training needs.

This is in line with the Institute’s overarching policy for the reform programme which set about replacing the now-defunct apprenticeship frameworks with standards. A measure which sought to address the widely-held criticism that employer’s skills requirements were not being met under the old model. Dr Graham Honeyman CBE, Route Panel Chair for the Engineering and Manufacturing sector, said:

“It’s great that the review of Engineering and manufacturing Route Review has now been launched. The importance of apprenticeships is huge – they are training the next generation to help ensure that British engineering and manufacturing thrive for years to come. It is vital that we make sure that apprenticeships are fit for businesses looking to develop young talent, which is why I would like to urge as many people as possible to take part in this consultation and support the vital review.”

Jacqueline Hall, Head of Skills Policy for Semta also welcomed the news:

“The potential impact arising from the outcome of this review should not be underestimated. As the backbone of the UK’s economy, the consultation’s findings and subsequent review recommendations for the sector will be transformative. Not just here, but across the globe where British Engineering and Manufacturing are rightly regarded as leaders in education and innovation. At a time when Industry 4.0 is revolutionising the way we work and learn, this review is both timely and crucial. I encourage all our friends and colleagues to have their say, and in so doing, a stake in building a better future for us all. Because Engineering and Manufacturing hold the greatest potential for solving the most urgent challenges facing our society and our planet.”

Have Your Say

As custodians of the engineering and manufacturing sector, Semta will actively facilitate the Route Review ensuring widespread coverage, participation and inclusivity. You can take part in the consultation process by completing the Route Review Consultant 2019 – Engineering and Manufacturing survey.

Following the publishing of recommendations in Winter 2020/21, the Institute will take a sensible pace of change with the standards available to ensure a smooth transition.

Engineering and Manufacturing Route Review Scope

For reference, the Engineering and Manufacturing Route Review will look at the Route’s Occupational Map as well as the following apprenticeship standards:

Engineering Design and Development Pathway

Engineering, Manufacturing and Process Control Pathway

Maintenance, Installation and Repair Pathway


If you have any questions about these standards please contact: ifareview.engineeringandmanufacturing@education.gov.uk.


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