Bumper year at GET signifies growth and confidence in the sector
PUBLISHED: 13:15 17 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:15 17 October 2017
"We were concerned initially that numbers on our programmes would decline slightly this year given all the uncertainty around content and funding, however, we are delighted to report that all of our academic programmes are pretty much full"
With all the confusion and worry around the apprenticeship reforms and the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, it is great to be able to report that the Gloucestershire Engineering Training centre is pretty much at capacity on both practical and academic programmes.
107 new engineering apprentices started this September and all of them are working towards new apprenticeship Trailblazer standards.
Linsey Temple, CEO commented, “The new Apprenticeship Standards designed and developed by employers add far greater rigour and robustness into apprenticeship programmes. They ensure that any individual who undertakes an apprenticeship programme is not only equipped with the right knowledge and competency, but also demonstrates and displays the correct work ethic required by employers. Transitioning across 100% from frameworks to standards will be a challenge, but one that we think is worthwhile given the improved and increased content of these standards.”
͛As well as offering apprenticeships in engineering and manufacturing, GET also deliver Further and Higher Education programmes. These programmes are also nearing capacity and Martin Wear, Head of Academic Provision commented, “We were concerned initially that numbers on our programmes would decline slightly this year given all the uncertainty around content and funding, however, we are delighted to report that all of our academic programmes are pretty much full.
“Delivering these higher level programmes enables us to manage the individuals programme from level 2 right the way through to level 5 which is something that our employers really value. The next step for us as a business and as requested by our customers, is to explore degree level provision so that we can become that one stop shop for our employers engineering training needs from level 2 through to level 7.”
The apprenticeship reforms have also seen a wave of new delivery formats being developed to respond to the changing needs of industry. Mikela Lowthian, Head of Work-based Delivery explained, “ The needs of our customers are forever changing and the introduction of the apprenticeship levy has also had a significant impact on that. We are now designing and delivering level 2 programmes which will be entirely delivered in the workplace to up-skill and cross-skill the existing workforce, resulting in increased productivity and improved workplace efficiency. It’s exciting to be able to work closely with employers to develop, design and implement programmes which will add real value.”
͛GET have been designing and delivering engineering training programmes for large and small employers across the county for 40 years. They are strategically led by industry and deliver for the industry and take great pride in delivering programmes that work for you.
If you are interested in taking on an apprentice or are a levy paying employer who wants to explore the best ways in which you can maximise your contributions, please get in contact with GET at firstname.lastname@example.org.