A high-quality new apprenticeship standard for plastering has been approved by the Government as part of the trailblazer initiative, with a new bricklaying standard to be agreed.
The plastering standards, which have been designed as part of an innovative collaboration led by construction SMEs from across England, are promising to “drive up the quality of training” in the industry.
Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), said:
“The Government has a target to create three million new apprenticeships by 2020 but quantity must never come at the price of quality.
“We believe that the new standards will ensure that future generations of bricklayers and plasterers will not only have excellent technical knowledge and craft skills, but will result in young people with careers that are packed full of potential.”
The new standards have been driven by a group of training providers, awarding bodies and employers but Berry noted FMB members’ work has received the official backing of the industry more broadly following an extensive consultation process.
Skills Minister Nick Boles MP added:
“I congratulate all the employers involved in designing the new Plastering apprenticeship standard. By giving leading employers the power to design and deliver high quality apprenticeships, we are giving people the vital skills our businesses need.”
The new standards are expected to be rolled out by autumn 2017.