The announcement comes alongside the news that existing Trailblazer groups have also today been given the green light to develop more apprenticeships including mortgage advisor and software developer
Hundreds more top employers have joined the government’s successful Trailblazers programme to design high quality apprenticeships in everything from renewable energy to video games, Skills Minister Nick Boles has announced.
More than 200 new employers have joined the 1,000 plus organisations already designing apprenticeships. The Trailblazer initiative allows groups of employers to join together to design apprenticeships that develop the skills of their current and future workforce. The announcement pushes the total number of Trailblazer groups to over 100.
The announcement comes alongside the news that existing Trailblazer groups have also today been given the green light to develop more apprenticeships including mortgage advisor and software developer.
Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “I am delighted to announce that these 200 new employers will be designing top quality apprenticeships.
“Giving leading firms from British Gas to video games manufacturer Ubisoft the power to design and deliver high quality apprenticeships, means we can ensure more young people have the skills our economy vitally needs. Apprenticeships play a key role in the success of our long term economic plan and, with more than 2 million apprenticeships started since 2010, I am proud to say our reforms are delivering for businesses and young people.”
The announcement comes alongside the news that more than 50 employer designed apprenticeships ranging from Boatbuilder to Chartered Surveyor to Outside Broadcast Engineer have been approved by the government, with some aiming to have their first apprentice starts as early as September 2015.
John McEvoy, head of production for PRG UK, leading a new Trailblazer in the Live Events Industry, said: “As suppliers to the live events industry we wholeheartedly support the idea of apprenticeships being developed by employers. Apprenticeships are an ideal route in to our sector, with on the job training allowing people to gain the skills they need to work with rapidly developing specialist technology.”