Industry asks, should we have apprentices for managerial positions?
Following the successful launch of the arborist, forest operative and horticulture and landscape operative apprenticeships in England, earlier this year, the employer-led partnership behind the initiative is now asking the question, does industry require apprenticeships for managerial or advanced technical roles?
The trailblazer partnership, which includes 50 industry employers, is now investigating if there is demand for managerial or advanced technical apprenticeships, by consulting with employers in the sector, to determine if new apprenticeships are necessary, and what skills they should contain.
A coalition of arboriculture, forestry, horticulture and landscape industries have already been successfully developing apprenticeship standards since 2015, under the new process, often known as ‘trailblazer’.
Trailblazers continue to be at the forefront of Government apprenticeship reforms in England and apprentices are now being recruited to the three new standards, which were announced in the summer. A fourth apprenticeship standard for horticulture and landscape supervisor, is currently in the approval process.
Simon Rotheram, Managing Director of Beechwood Trees, commented “It is vital that the industry provides feedback on the requirement of a new apprenticeship for managers. A lack of informed response now, may result in the wrong decision being made for future generations, resulting in a major skills gap for supervisor level arborists, and other supervisory industry roles, looking to develop their careers into more managerial positions.”
If you think your organisation might benefit from an apprenticeship for managers or advanced technicians, it is imperative that you complete the questionnaire, before the 2nd January.
The survey can be accessed here surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8FT53WY
Your responses will help determine what decisions are taken by the group for the future of apprenticeships in our industries.
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Groups of employers (trailblazers) have been leading the way in carrying out the changes to apprenticeships in England. The arboriculture, forestry, horticulture and landscape industries became involved in 2014 and gained government approval to develop apprenticeships in four occupations at the end of that year.
The lead employer for the trailblazer is Bartlett Tree Experts Ltd, who are also heading up the arboriculture working group.
The Duchy of Cornwall are leading for the forestry industry and Ground Control for horticulture and landscape.
The trailblazer partnership is employer-led, but also has been well supported by training providers, assessment organisations and trade bodies, including The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI).
To see the existing standards, visit the gov.uk website at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeship-standards#agriculture,-environmental-and-animal-care-standards