Press Release Institution of Agricultural Engineers welcomes government’s implementation plan for apprenticeships November 2013 Ref: 105 The Insti

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Press Release

Institution of Agricultural Engineers welcomes government’s implementation plan for apprenticeships

November 2013
Ref: 105

The Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) welcomes the government’s announcement of its implementation plan for Apprenticeships. These plans will build on the recommendations made in the Richard Review of Apprenticeships. IAgrE notes a range of key points including:

• The role of employers, working with professional bodies to design the new Apprenticeship standards. This represents a step change from the current arrangements whereby the government determined the range of skills and occupational standards.

• Where relevant, new Apprenticeship standards will meet professional registration standards such as Engineering Technician (Eng Tech) and above.

• New Apprenticeship standards will be required to define the level of skill, knowledge and competency required to do a specific occupation well and operate confidently.

• All new standards must be publicly recognised by employers (including small businesses), recognised professional or trade bodies and, where appropriate, higher education institutions (HEIs), as fit for purpose.

A number of Trailblazers will be set up with two of particular interest to the IAgrE. These are:

Automotive – Led by organisations including Bentley Motors, BMW Group UK, EEF, Ford, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Jaguar Land Rover, Siemens, Toyota Manufacturing UK and Vauxhall Motors. This will develop the standard for Automotive Mechatronics Maintenance Technician.

Food and Drink Manufacturing – Led by organisations including Arla Foods (UK), Dairy Crest, First Milk, Fosters Bakery, Haribo, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, McCain Foods (GB) Ltd, Mondelēz International, Müller Dairy, Nestlé UK, Premier Foods, Thorntons PLC and Unilever UK. This will develop the standard for Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer.

Employers and professional bodies will lead Trailblazers for the new Apprenticeships described in this Implementation Plan. Each Trailblazer will develop the Apprenticeship standard and high level assessment approach for an occupation or number of occupations in their sector.

Alastair Taylor, Institution of Agricultural Engineers CEO commented:

“I am delighted that the role of professional bodies in recognising new Apprenticeship standards has been recognised. In many respects, our work with Land-based Technician Accreditation and linking industry standards to professional recognitions puts us in a good place to deal with the new Apprenticeships”

He added:

“The Trailblazers are particularly interesting. The Automotive Mechatronics Maintenance Technician brings together an interesting range of organisations. There is scope to add some of the larger agricultural machinery manufacturers to this list. The Mechatronics found in Agricultural Machinery are every bit as complex and advanced as those found in the automotive sector. Similarly, the Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer could include those technicians who install and maintain Milking Machines and associated plant.”

Expressing a concern, he commented:

“The need to obtain recognition from employers, including small businesses represents a particular challenge. In this sector there are many micro-business and ensuring that the needs of these are met will be very important if new Apprenticeships are to be successful”


Notes for editors:

IAgrE is the professional body for scientists, technologists, engineers, academics, managers and students working in the landbased sector and has an international membership base.

As a licensed body of the Engineering Council (EngC) and a founding Constituent Body of The Society for the Environment (SocEnv), IAgrE registers suitably experienced professionals as Chartered Engineers, Chartered Environmentalists, Incorporated Engineers and Engineering Technicians.

For further details, contact Marion King at IAgrE Communications at or call 01234 750876

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