BCAS seeks feedback for new apprenticeship standard 

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The British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) is seeking feedback on its draft occupational apprenticeship standard for a Compressed Air and Vacuum Technician (CAVT).

As part of the due diligence process, any new apprenticeship must go out to consultation. BCAS has compiled a proposed occupations profile, which should be read first and can be accessed at www.bcas.org.uk/training/apprenticeship-consultation.aspx before completing a short, online questionnaire which can be accessed at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CAVTsurvey. The consultation is open until 1 September 2019, after which time, the group will review feedback and consider where amendments should be made.   

The occupational standard will then be submitted to the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) to seek approval prior to drafting the apprenticeship end-point assessment plan. 

Vanda Jones, BCAS executive director explained,  “BCAS is the only UK trade association with responsibility for the compressed air and vacuum industry and its business sectors. We recognised that there has been no dedicated apprenticeship available for the future development of engineering technicians into our industry.  

“Recognising the need to fill this skills gap, a Trailblazer group was formed and working with our members and the IfATE, we have developed a draft occupational standard for a Compressed Air and Vacuum Technician (CAVT). 

“As a trade body, we are ideally placed to form the working groups to develop the apprenticeship, but we also recognise that in this instance we are not creating an apprenticeship for our members alone but for the wider industry. 

“As such we need to consult and ensure that the apprenticeship is fit for purpose and are asking our peers and colleagues to get involved. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and in doing so, the feedback will help ensure that this apprenticeship standard meets the training needs of the occupation, and that new apprenticeships are viable, high quality, and widely supported.  

"And finally, the development of a wider industry apprenticeship will help to release the funding available from the apprenticeship levy, supporting all businesses in developing the engineers of the future that our industry, like so many others, needs urgently.”