New apprenticeships to be developed by ‘trailblazer’ employers

A new range of apprenticeships that will be developed by the government’s so-called ‘trailblazer’ employers has been announced.

The first phase will include apprenticeships in a number of sectors, these include: energy and utilities, digital industries, financial services, life sciences and industrial sciences.

Businesses from each sector have worked together to produce new standards for key apprenticeship roles in their specific industry, the first of these apprenticeships will start to be delivered from September.

Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock, said: “Their commitment to develop more apprenticeship standards demonstrates the support our reforms have from employers; apprenticeships give young people the chance to fulfill their potential while helping to drive business growth.”

He also announced that a third phase will be launched later this year. The government is inviting expressions of interest from groups of employers until the beginning of August. An announcement will be made on the final sectors and employers in September when work begins to design the new standards.