Electrotechnical Trailblazer Questions

Please take a look at our questions below which cover some of the main points relating to the new Electrotechnical Trailblazer apprenticeship. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please contact us in one of the following ways:

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a trailblazer apprenticeship?
When do trailblazer apprenticeships start?
What about existing apprenticeships?
Will a trailblazer improve quality?
Will the trailblazer apprenticeship simplify the system?
How will a trailblazer apprenticeship make things better for an employer?
What are the different technical aspects from previous apprenticeship programmes?

What is a trailblazer apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship route / training programme that is employer led, this means that the employers within the particular industry decide what is in the apprentices training plan and assessment requirement. Back up

When do trailblazer apprenticeships start?

Some have already started with the first being available from October 2013. The electrotechnical is ready for delivery now. Back up

What about existing apprenticeships?

If you are already on an Apprenticeship programme, regardless of which industry pathway or UK Nation you began the apprenticeship in, you are able to carry on to completion and we will certificate as normal once you have met all the framework expectations. At this stage only Electrotechnical in England has one of the new Trailblazer apprenticeships and it will run in parallel with the existing apprenticeships until such time as a decision is made by either Government or Employer Group that the current framework will cease to be available. As and when this decision is made then it will be widely publicised by everyone including ourselves. This will also apply as and when other Trailblazer Apprenticeships are accepted. Back up

Will a trailblazer improve quality?

There is more emphasis on rigorous and holistic assessment with a thorough end test based on the required training ensuring that the apprentice is ready for the workplace.

The electrotechnical industry already had a good system in place but the trailblazer process provided an opportunity to review and enhance this. Back up

Will the trailblazer apprenticeship simplify the system?

It is the plan that the new employer led standards will be short and easy to understand, they will describe the knowledge, skills and behaviours that an individual needs to be fully competent. Back up

How will a trailblazer apprenticeship make things better for an employer?

Putting control of Government funding for the external training of apprentices in the hands of the employers will help ensure that the delivery of that training is relevant and at a cost agreed by the employers. Back up

What are the different technical aspects from previous apprenticeship programmes?

There are no technical differences from before, but the assessment features that are different are the grading (Pass, Merit or Distinction) of the end test (AM2) which is the holistic end test process, and that the employers have opted for formal examinations using the same technical background information delivered based upon a common assessment specification. Back up

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