Builder and developer Seddon is helping to shape the future of apprenticeships as part of a Government scheme.
The firm, which has taken on apprentices annually for the last 80 years, lobbied for plumbing and heating apprenticeships to be included in the flagship Trailblazers project.
One of the 76 new apprenticeships to be designed by employers from across the country as part of the national scheme, Seddon will join nine other companies as they shape the new apprenticeship programme.
Robert Moss, Head of Mechanical Services and chair of the group, said: "We have a once in a lifetime chance to be able to design, shape and implement an new apprenticeship programme for heating and plumbing apprentices.
"It is a great honour to be able to work with likeminded organisations to see our visions come to life as part of the Government’s Trailblazer programme.”
Job opportunities across almost 40 sectors will be designed by more than 700 employers as part of the third phase of the Government’s successful apprenticeship Trailblazers scheme.
Skills Minister Nick Boles said: "I congratulate Seddon for the key role it is playing in developing new top-quality apprenticeships. Through the trailblazers initiative companies like Seddon, in collaboration with their industry partners, will give people the skills they need to thrive and our businesses need to compete.”
As part of the new focus group, heating and plumbing companies are being encouraged to give their recommendations through a survey designed by the group of employers.
"We are reaching out to those working in the sector, with their opinions helping to form the future of this new apprenticeship programme,” said Robert Moss of Seddon who will chair the group of employers taking part in the scheme.
The decision making process on the reform of plumbing and heating industry apprenticeships will be carried out by the group of leading plumbing and heating companies. SummitSkills will be secretariat with APHC providing development consultative services.
For more information, please go to www.apprenticeships.org.uk which will take you to the Standards in Development page.
The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/plumbingtrailblazers1 and results must be in by November 14.
The Trailblazers project is looking exclusively at apprenticeships in England.