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Apprenticeship Trailblazer Launch

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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

09:00 AM to 06:06 PM

Launch of the new Engineering Technician Apprenticeship for the RACH&HP sector

Join us to find out more about the new Refrigeration, Air conditioning and Heat Pump Engineering Technician Apprenticeship scheme.  The new scheme is based on a Standard and Assessment Plan developed by employers under the government Trailblazer scheme in 2015.  It will replace the existing Building Services Apprenticeships for the RACHP sector for new starts in September 2016, with a Standard designed specifically for those working in refrigeration air conditioning and heat pumping. There will be strong emphasis in the new standard on fundamental scientific principles and the application of knowledge in a range of technologies relevant to the work of the apprentice.  All apprentices will be assessed to the same standard and evaluated independently by a group of industry experts before they can receive their Apprenticeship Certificate and be recognised as a competent Engineering Technician, eligible to apply for Engineering Council Registration through the Institute of Refrigeration. 

Come along to this launch meeting to find out how the new Apprenticeship was developed, how it will differ from existing schemes, what the new more involved role of the Employer will be, and what support will be available to providers with new qualifications and template guidance materials under development. 

The event is open to employers, training providers, representatives of industry groups, and anyone with a role to play in delivering improved standards for training the RACHP workforce.  Free (just register as a guest below).

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Draft Programme

9am – Arrivals and breakfast

10.00- Introduction to the RACHP Engineering Technician Trailblazer Apprenticeship - how and why it was developed and the employers' responsibility

John Austin-Davies, George Barker Epta Group, Chairman of Employers Group

10.15 - A new emphasis on fundamentals and practical application – what is different in the new standard

John Ellis, Past President of the IOR, Training Consultant

10.45 – Assessment bodies and models for delivering training to support learners

City and Guilds

11.00 - New Funding arrangements

Diane Wilford, Relationship Manager, Skills Funding Agency National Apprenticeship Service

11.15 - A vision for skills and careers for the future

Prof Graeme Maidment, President of the Institute of Refrigeration and David Bostock, Integral

11.40 – Close, refreshments and networking until 12.30.


The venue for the meeting will be the offices of the Royal Academy of Engineering at Prince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DG, reflecting the important role of RACHP as an engineering profession.