The force is strong for trailblazer apprenticeships

Pinewood Studios, the motion picture company involved in making the new Star Wars film and designer shoemakers Loake have formed 26 new Trailblazer groups to create new apprenticeship standards, according to the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

The SFA has announced that hundreds of employers from various sectors are now on the lookout for new apprentices, including employers from the Film and TV, Real Estate and Veterinary Nursing world.

It was also announced that 26 new Trailblazer groups will design apprenticeships in 39 exciting and varied occupations.

Employers such as Pinewood Studios and Loake have formed 26 new Trailblazer groups to create apprenticeship standards in a variety of sectors.

These 26 groups, which also consist of employers Rolls Royce, Dr. Martens and English National Opera, will design apprenticeships in 39 occupations, and existing Trailblazer groups will design an additional four.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said:

‘‘Pinewood Studios was home to the new Star Wars film. Now the force is strong with young apprentices who will get the opportunity to boost their skills in a wide range of roles including TV and film set design. These apprentices will have the expertise their industry needs.

‘‘Our Trailblazer programme allows employers across the country to have their say in training tomorrow’s workforce, helping us achieve 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.’’