More than 700 new employers join apprenticeship trailblazers

BAE Systems, one of the Government's Phase 3 apprenticeship trailblazers. Photo: REX/Paul Cooper
BAE Systems, one of the government's Phase 3 apprenticeship trailblazers. Photo: REX/Paul Cooper

The third phase of the Government’s apprenticeship trailblazers scheme has been launched, with more than 700 employers designing 76 new apprenticeships in roles such as policing, HR and boatbuilding.

It brings the total number of employers involved in designing apprenticeships as part of the trailblazers project to more than 1,000.

Employers including PwC, BAE Systems and Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue will work with organisations from across their industry sectors to develop the new apprenticeships. In addition, employers involved in the first two phases of the initiative are developing a further 47 schemes in sectors such as adult care, construction and hospitality.

Trailblazers are groups of leading employers within a sector, working together to develop new apprenticeship standards. Launched last October, the apprenticeship trailblazers initiative aims to ensure that every apprentice in England is enrolled on schemes designed and approved by employers.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “Our reforms have empowered businesses large and small to design and deliver world-beating apprenticeships that offer a real route to a successful career.”

Graham McWilliam, group director of corporate affairs at Sky, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the trailblazer programmes. It forms part of our wider commitment to providing apprenticeships across our business – around 150 next year – as well as offering a huge range of other opportunities and training to young people across the UK.”

Steven Read, trainee programmes manager at UK Power Networks, which was part of the energy and utilities trailblazer, said: “It is refreshing, as an employer, to be involved in designing and a developing the benchmark against which all our apprentices are trained.”

Apprenticeship trailblazers: Standards being developed in Phase 3

Trailblazer group Occupation
Agriculture and Production Horticulture Technician (Horticultural/Fresh Produce/Arable/Glasshouse)
Agriculture and Production Horticulture Packhouse Operative
Agriculture and Production Horticulture Unit/Site Livestock Manager
Boatbuilding Boatbuilder
Bus, Coach and HGV Industry Bus and Coach Engineering Manager
Bus, Coach and HGV Industry Bus and Coach Technician
Bus, Coach and HGV Industry HGV Engineering and Maintenance Technician
Business Business Administrator
Business Bookkeeper
Business Payroll Administrator
Business Small Business Financial Administrator
Business Front Line Customer Service Practitioner
Business Customer Experience Specialist
Civil Service-Commercial Commercial Professional
Courier Services Courier
Defence Advanced Systems Engineer
Education & Training FE Tutor-Assessor
Education & Training FE Developing Teacher
Education & Training FE Qualified Teacher
Education & Training FE Graduate Lecturer
Electronic Systems Electronic Systems Technician
Engineering Design & Draughting Piping Designer and Draughtsperson
Engineering Design & Draughting Structural Designer and Draughtsperson
Engineering Design & Draughting Electrical Designer and Draughtsperson
Engineering Design & Draughting Mechanical Designer and Draughtsperson
Equestrian Equine Groom (Horse Care)
Fashion Fashion Studio Assistant
Fire Services Business Fire Safety Advisor
Furniture Furniture Maker
Healthcare Healthcare Assistant/Nursing Assistant
Healthcare Senior Healthcare Assistant/Senior Nursing Assistant
Healthcare Assistant Practitioner
HM Armed Forces HM Armed Forces Serviceperson
Horticulture & Tree Work Forester
Horticulture & Tree Work Arborist
Horticulture & Tree Work Gardener/Horticultural Operative
Horticulture & Tree Work Head Gardener/Parks Supervisor
Human Resources HR Assistant
Human Resources HR Manager
Human Resources HR Director/Consultant
Logistics & Supply Chain Supply Chain LGV Driver
Logistics & Supply Chain Supply Chain Warehouse Operative
Logistics & Supply Chain Supply Chain Operative
Management Consultancy Management Consultant
Maritime Defence Mechanical Fitter
NHS Ambulance Service Ambulance Assistant Practitioner
Non-Destructive Testing Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Engineering Technician
Nuclear Nuclear Worker
Nuclear Health Physics Monitor
Nuclear Nuclear Welding Inspection Technician
Pharmacy Services Pharmacy Services Assistant
Pharmacy Services Senior Pharmacy Services Assistant
Physical Activity Personal Trainer
Physical Activity Leisure Manager
Plumbing & Domestic Heating Plumbing and Domestic Heating Engineer
Police Service Police Officer
Port Operations & Supply Chain Port Operative
Port Operations & Supply Chain Port Plant Machinery Operator
Port Operations & Supply Chain Port Crane Operator
Port Operations & Supply Chain International Supply Chain Manager
Rail Engineering Rail Engineering Operative
Rail Engineering Rail Engineering Technician
Rail Engineering Rail Engineering Advanced Technician
Recruitment Recruitment Consultant
Recruitment Recruitment Resourcer
Renewable Energy & Energy Management Energy Manager
Renewable Energy & Energy Management Anaerobic Digestion Technician
Security Management Security First Line Manager
Surveying Surveyor
Transport Passenger Transport Services
Transport Passenger Transport Operations
Transport Passenger Transport Operations Manager
Transport Transport Planning Technician
TV Production and Broadcasting TV Production Assistant
TV Production and Broadcasting Outside Broadcast Engineer
Welding Welder


Apprenticeship trailblazers: Additional standards being developed in Phase 1 and 2

Trailblazer group Occupation
Adult Care Lead Practitioner in Adult Care
Adult Care Leader/Manager in Adult Care
Aerospace & Airworthiness Maintenance Mechanic (Military)
Aerospace & Airworthiness Survival Equipment Fitter (Military)
Aerospace & Airworthiness Airworthiness Planning Quality & Safety Technician
Aerospace & Airworthiness Aircraft Certifying Engineer
Aerospace & Airworthiness Aerospace Manufacturing Engineer
Aerospace & Airworthiness Aerospace Software Developer
Automotive Tool and Die Maker
Automotive Retail Auto Industry Customer Service Advisor
Automotive Retail Vehicle Sales Advisor
Automotive Retail Vehicle Parts Operator
Butchery Advanced Butcher
Construction Plant Hire Desk Controller
Construction Piler
Construction Digital Engineer
Conveyancing (Probate) Probate Licensed Practitioner
Dental Healthcare Dental Nurse
Dental Healthcare Dental Hygiene Therapy
Dental Healthcare Dental Laboratory Manager
Early Years Assistant Early Years Practitioner
Early Years Senior Early Years Practitioner
Early Years Early Years Centre Leader
Energy & Utilities Gas Networks Craftsperson
Energy & Utilities Gas Network Construction Team Leader
Financial Services Delivering and Supporting Financial Services
Food & Drink Operations, Production and Processing: Production Processing Manager
Food & Drink Operations, Production and Processing: Skilled Technical Operative
Food & Drink Quality Assurance, Product Development and Food Science: Food Science Technologist
Food & Drink Quality Assurance, Product Development and Food Science: Technical Manager
Food & Drink Bakery: Retail Baker
Food & Drink Bakery: Automated Plant Baker
Food & Drink Bakery: Artisan/Craft Baker
Golf Course Maintenance & Management Assistant Head Greenkeeper/Deputy Golf Course Manager
Golf Course Maintenance & Management Head Greenkeeper/Golf Course Manager
Hospitality & Travel Commis Chef
Hospitality & Travel Chef De Partie
Hospitality & Travel Hospitality Team Member
Housing Management Housing Management Assistant
Housing Management Senior Housing Manager
Journalism Senior Journalist
Maritime Ratings Engine Room Rating
Maritime Ratings Cook at Sea
Property Services Facilities Supervisor and Manager
Retail Retail Supervisor
Retail Retail Manager


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