Working Group and Recruitment Explained
Land-based Engineering Apprenticeship Standards Review
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Why is the Land-based Engineering Training and Education Committee (LE-TEC) Involved in LBSE Apprenticeships?
The level 2 land-based engineering Service Engineer and level 3 Service Technician apprenticeship standards exist due to collaboration between the AEA, BAGMA and IAgrE who come together to form LE-TEC. Without this collaboration and commitment to provide an industry platform it is unlikely that land-based engineering would have industry specific apprenticeship standards to offer.
The LE-TEC Apprenticeship Working Group came into being in 2014 and formulated the industry apprenticeship standards currently in use. However since the final approval of the apprenticeship standards in 2017 the original working group has depleted for a number of reasons retirements, career changes and a prioritisation of commitments being amongst them.
With the need to review the apprenticeship standards approaching it is necessary to compile a fresh industry representative working group to fully consider all aspects of the apprenticeships to ensure they are representative of and relevant to industry needs.
Who can be a Working Group Member?
The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education (IFATE) stipulate that a minimum of 50% of working group members must be employers in the sector using the apprenticeship standard.
The remaining members representing parties having a vested interest in fit for purpose apprenticeships. These may include but are not limited to:- quality assurance, training provision, manufacturer’s apprenticeship schemes, industry sector specialists, assessment and apprentices who have undertaken the apprenticeship. Working group members do not have to have an association with LE-TEC or the three founding organisations.
Working group eligibility requirements:-
- Those possessing an in depth understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by an apprentice to achieve occupational competency
- Industry members in touch with the current working practices, machinery and equipment used within the industry sector with an awareness of the new technology that is likely to come
- Contributors who wishes to participate rather than just attend, having the time available to study competitive industry sector apprenticeship standards and the present apprenticeship standards and assessment plans.
- Training personnel who are aware of the spectrum of training delivery methods, formative and summative assessments, mentoring, quality assurance,
- Those who can canvas the opinions of others e.g. employers, apprentices, technicians training providers and formulate input to the working group
- Those with specialist knowledge in any of the sectors catered for by the land-based engineering apprenticeship standards e.g. Outdoor power equipment, forestry, plant and construction, agricultural engineering
The objective is to ensure that the revised apprenticeship standards when completed deliver the historical underpinning knowledge and skills but also pave the way for emerging technology
What will be expected of me as a working group member?
The time commitment will vary depending on the formulation of the group, as the requirements are established sub groups or industry sector specialist groups may be added to feed into the core working group. Working group members depending on their task and assignment will have differing workload commitments.
Video conferences will be utilised and where possible limited to 2 hours per session. It is not envisaged that the working group will physically meet unless absolutely necessary.
Meeting frequency will be established as progress is made but an estimated minimum commitment will be a monthly conference to ensure that progress does not stall.
Other time commitments will include e-mail communication
The reading of guidance notes, apprenticeship standards and assessment plans
Reading, amending and approving draft documentation
Task and assignment work collection and reporting of data
Resources Required by Working Group Members.
Access to video conference facilities
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will my out of pocket expenses and the time spent participating to the group be paid?
A: No this purely a voluntary commitment.
Q: Will I have to write the content of the apprenticeship standard?
A: No writing will be completed by a core group and sent out as it is developed for group amendment / approval
Q: How many members will there be in the working group?
A: It is envisaged that the main working group will consist of approx. 20 people. This is to enable effective video conferences to be scheduled. Attempting to give a larger group the opportunity to speak will be unmanageable. However it is likely that separate sub groups will be formed to work on specific input, e.g. sector specific requirements, delivery costings, instructional hours required etc.
How do I apply?
Forward an e-mail containing your contact details and indicating the sector you represent and the areas of expertise you can bring to the working group to firstname.lastname@example.org copied to the working group chair Andrew.email@example.com
Q: If I apply does this mean I will automatically be selected to be on the working group?
A: The answer is ‘no’ for a very good reason, but it does not mean that you will not be called upon to contribute in some form to the revision through a sub-group. It is important that it is fully understood that everyone’s input is welcomed and valuable.
For the working group to be fully representative of the industry its compilation must be balanced to avoid any one sector, employer type, manufacturer, training provider or industry body influencing the apprenticeship standards in their favour. Therefore a selection process will be employed.
Why is it necessary to review the land-based engineering apprenticeship standard?
The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) have embarked upon a staged programme of reviewing all apprenticeship standards.
The objective of this exercise is to ensure that apprenticeship standards meet industry requirements, that all apprenticeship standards are formatted to meet the latest guidance and to ensure that funding bands represent value to those managing the funding budget.
Mandated reviews have already started in several industry sectors with the Agriculture, Land Management and Production sector being no exception.
However the land-based engineering apprenticeship standards have not been mandated for review. Our turn will come at a time not yet disclosed.
The level 2 land-based engineering Service Engineer and level 3 land-based engineering Service Technician standards approved in 2017 have been in place for 3 years.
During this period apprentices have undertaken and completed the apprenticeships thereby facilitating industry’s opportunity to review and evaluate what is good and what is not about the apprenticeship standards.
Taking a proactive approach to reviewing the land-based engineering standards now before the IFATE mandates this action allows:-
- Time to assemble the best possible industry representative working group
- The relevance of the present standards to be thoroughly examined
- The industry knowledge, skills and behaviours required by apprentices going forward to be fully debated
- The effectiveness of assessment methods to be established
- Time to consult with all parties involved with the recruitment, training, quality benchmarking and assessment of apprenticeships
What will be reviewed?
The answer to this question is everything but to initiate the thought processes the following are suggestions to encourage thinking outside of the box.
- Is the apprenticeship becoming too broad to have a one size fits all approach?
- Is it feasible to have a level 3 core and pathway apprenticeship?
- Is it still relevant to offer 2 apprenticeship standards?
- Are the current apprenticeship durations of 24 and 36 months realistic?
- Do workplace visits, frequency and effectiveness need to be revisited?
- What’s good and what is not?
- Are the emerging technologies covered?
- What needs to be added, enhanced or taken away?
- Is the weighting of the subjects correct?
- Are there any mandated qualifications, certificates or licences required?
- Are the present assessments effective in producing the results required?
What will the working group look like?
Core Group and Data Collection Conduits
Employers and Their Representatives
Training providers both Private and FE / HE
Documentation to Aid Understanding
Guidance notes on developing apprenticeship standards
Guidance notes on developing assessment plans
The present Land-based Engineering apprenticeship standards
The present Land-based Engineering apprenticeship assessment plans
Examples of core and options apprenticeship standards published within the last 6 months
Examples of single pathway apprenticeships published recently
David Kirschner Edition 2. 09/09/20