Engineering Update August 2017

31 August 2017

This month's Engineering update August 2017

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Apprenticeship Webinars - November 2017

There are two webinars scheduled in November where you can find out the latest updates on Apprenticeships in Engineering and Manufacturing. The webinars will also provide you with an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

The webinars are scheduled on the following dates:

Date Time
Monday 6 November 13.45-14.45
Friday 10 November 09.30-10.30

Apprenticeship Standards

The new Engineering Technician Standard is now available and ready for delivery. This standard incorporates 13 original standards into a new Core and Options approach. Further work will be carried out during the rest of 2017 (post discussions/agreement with the IFA) to include additional occupations and to rationalise the mandatory qualifications contained within.

Work is ongoing with employer groups to identify new standards at Level 4 and to combine the existing Level 6 standards into a core and options approach. Work will commence in September on these but new learners should continue to use the existing standards.

The following Apprenticeship Standards are currently in development and will hopefully be approved for delivery during 2017:

Qualification Replacement
Engineering Operative (Level 2) Replacement for PEO pathway of Improving Operational Performance
Manufacturing Operative (Level 2)  Replacement for PMO pathway of Improving Operational Performance 

Both standards will have mandatory qualifications. These should be available shortly after the standards have been approved for delivery.

For more information on the pathways and the requirements of these please contact Bryony Leonard on

Qualifications to meet current Apprenticeship Standards

There is an updated list of current qualifications available from Pearson and the Apprenticeship standards these relate to. This list will be updated regularly and will be available from your account manager.

Updates are planned for the Level 3 Knowledge qualifications (Aerospace and Aviation Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Engineering) with the inclusion of additional optional units as a result of our annual review process with employers.

The inclusion of these additional units will ensure that the qualifications remain fit for purpose and are suitable for a range of occupations linked to the Engineering Technician Standard.

Business Improvement Techniques Update

The following new Apprenticeship standards have been added to the website:

  • Improvement Technician (Level 3)
  • Improvement Practitioner (Level 4)

These are the first two new standards in the original ‘Business Improvement’ suite of Apprenticeships. These new standards are mapped to the Six Sigma roles with the Improvement Technician mapping to the Yellow Belt occupation and the Improvement Practitioner mapping to the Green Belt Occupation.  

Two additional standards are being considered for approval for the Black Belt and Master Black Belt occupations (Level 5 and Level 6).

The Improvement Technician is a replacement for the current Level 2 BIT Apprenticeship framework. The new occupation however, will be at Level 3.

Providers are encouraged to look at the standard to see if the requirements meet their future business needs with customers. There is no plan for a replacement Level 2 occupational standard. The associated Assessment Plan with on programme delivery and end-point sssessment will be available shortly.

We will be commencing work with the employer groups to develop new qualifications to meet all the new standards in this area. More details will follow in subsequent briefings.

Should you have any questions about these new standards, please do not hesitate to contact Bryony Leonard on

BTEC Nationals in Engineering (QCF)

We have extended the operational delivery dates of these qualifications until December 2019 to ensure that they can still be delivered as part of Apprenticeship Frameworks.

These qualifications will still be available and funded for 16-18 year old learners, but most will not attract funding for 19+ learners although they will be eligible for loan funding. These qualifications are not included on the DfE Performance Tables. They will still continue to attract UCAS points.

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