UK Government gives go ahead for Geospatial Apprenticeships
The Secretary of State for Education, Damien Hinds, has given final approval for a Geospatial Technician Apprenticeship by approving the funding band meaning that this is now ready for delivery. The Institute for Apprenticeships has also recommended a final funding band to the Secretary of State for the Geospatial Mapping and Science Degree Apprenticeship and this will also be ready for delivery very shortly.
Both these apprenticeships were approved in September 2017 by the Institute for Apprenticeships and the employers who developed these have been awaiting these funding band approvals before delivery can start – now agreed at £9,000 for the Geospatial Technician Apprenticeship and £27,000 for the Geospatial Mapping and Science Degree Apprenticeship (the latter subject to final sign off from the DfE).
“We are excited that the UK Government has recognised, and more importantly acted on the need to encourage more professionals into the geospatial industry,” commented James Whitworth, UK Sales Manager, Murphy Surveys. “There is no doubt that people are at the heart of everything we do as an organisation, and are fundamental to our success. As part of the steering group for the scheme, we recognise the need to create a sustainable workforce in order to guarantee the future of our industry. As a rapidly growing business with some innovative projects on the horizon, we are actively looking for new talent to join our team, so the approval of this scheme is very timely for us.”
The approval of these apprenticeships means that geospatial employers can use their Apprenticeship Levy payments or Government’s apprenticeship funding to pay for the development of new talent for their businesses.
Antony Jenkins, Chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships said:
“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to approve these standards. High quality apprenticeship standards like this help learners and employers reach their potential.
“More and more businesses of all sizes are realising the benefits that high quality apprenticeships can offer. The Institute is putting employers in control of developing the standards they need, giving learners a basis for lasting employment and overcoming national skills gaps.”
The geospatial apprenticeships have been developed by a group of 19 employers and supported by the two relevant professional bodies, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES). The apprenticeship development was also supported by Class of Your Own and The Survey Association (TSA).
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