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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Engineering Council to provide external quality assurance for apprenticeships

Employers can now nominate the Engineering Council to provide quality assurance for engineering-related Trailblazer Apprenticeships at level 3.

The Engineering Council actively supports the delivery of high quality apprenticeships that meet the needs of employers and apprentices, support individuals on their journey towards professional registration, and assure the public about the competence of those who are successful.

External Quality Assurance (EQA) for engineering-related Trailblazer Apprenticeships at level 3 has been agreed by the Engineering Council's Board, following a successful trial in autumn 2017.

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The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) website sets out the quality assurance requirements for apprenticeships and how these will ensure quality, consistency and credibility.

The Engineering Council welcomes the IfA's guidance that apprenticeship standards must link to professional registration where possible.

A spokesperson said: "The engineering profession has embraced the opportunity afforded by this new approach to apprenticeships to raise standards and to encourage professional registration.

"At a time when engineering skills have never been more valued and sought after - as being crucial to the UK's future economic success - it is critical that we reinforce not only the value of engineering but the trust that society has in the knowledge, skills and commitment of professional registered engineers and technicians."

Employers interested in nominating the Engineering Council as their quality assurance provider for will find more details  on the Engineering Council website on how to make a request and what information is required.