The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), the leading trade organisation for the global lifting sector, is calling on training providers in England to submit a funding proposal for the new Level 3 standard, Lifting Equipment Technician Apprenticeship.
The Apprenticeship has completed all its stages: the standard is written and LEEA has been appointed as an End Point Assessor Organisation. This now presents a tremendous opportunity for training providers.
Kat Moss, LEEA’s Vice Chair who also chaired the Trailblazer Group for the Lifting Apprenticeship, commented: “We are inviting training providers to come forward and help us to gain a funding band allocation to deliver this new engineering apprenticeship. We completely understand that this is a difficult time for Further Education but we have a ‘good to go’ offer here in the Engineering sector, where demand for this apprenticeship is high.
“Lifting will be a new area for many training providers but it’s closer than you think, performing a vital function in the supply chains of numerous sectors. The industry will play a crucial part in the post-pandemic recovery and offer exciting employment opportunities in manufacturing, construction, aeronautical, entertainment, medical, oil and gas, offshore, renewable energy, the military and logistics sectors. This standard would therefore be a perfect fit for those already delivering other apprenticeships for these sectors.”
Kat Moss added: “There is a clear demand from employers across the country for an apprenticeship that brings young people and those seeking a career change equipped with new ideas, ‘soft skills’ and fresh thinking into our industry. Furthermore, there is a booming interest from young people in the sector. The apprenticeship will provide a pathway, particularly to those who have learned about the sector through the LEEA’s ‘Think Lifting’ programme. This initiative includes the recently launched ‘Lesson in a Bag’, designed to help LEEA members provide a remote lesson that encourages school children to think about lifting as a career.”
Ross Moloney, CEO of LEEA commented: “A dynamic and vibrant trade association dedicated to supporting our membership, LEEA has developed a series of initiatives designed to boost recruitment into the industry as a means of ensuring its sustainability. Launching the trailblazer apprenticeship scheme as a route into the industry was an involved process, requiring industry stakeholders. I’m extremely grateful to all the employers who committed their time and expertise to the Trailblazer Group and LEEA looks forward to supporting the roll out of the Apprenticeship.”
Colleges and trainers interested in becoming a training provider for the Lifting Equipment Technician Apprenticeship in England must be on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP), please contact Kat Moss at: firstname.lastname@example.org for details and a quote document.