Employers unveil new industry designed apprenticeships

More top employers have joined the government’s Trailblazers programme to design high quality apprenticeships in everything from renewable energy to video games, pushing the total number of Trailblazer groups to over 100.

More than 200 new employers have joined the 1,000 plus organisations already designing apprenticeships. The Trailblazer initiative allows groups of employers to join together to design apprenticeships that develop the skills of their current and future workforce.

The announcement came alongside the news that existing Trailblazer groups have been given the green light to develop more apprenticeships including mortgage advisor and software developer.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “I am delighted to announce that these 200 new employers will be designing top quality apprenticeships. Giving leading firms from British Gas to video games manufacturer Ubisoft the power to design and deliver high quality apprenticeships, means we can ensure more young people have the skills our economy vitally needs. Apprenticeships play a key role in the success of our long term economic plan and, with more than 2 million apprenticeships started since 2010, I am proud to say our reforms are delivering for businesses and young people.”