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Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship gains CSCS recognition

Published: November 28, 2018

Apprenticeships in England are changing. The Government has chosen to create an employer-led model for developing and funding apprenticeship standards. This will replace the current system and focus on employers driving the development and delivery of apprenticeships. The Government’s aim is to replace all current Specification of Apprenticeship delivery for England (SASE apprenticeships) with new apprenticeships, known as the new apprenticeship Standards, by the end of 2020.

The new standards for Apprenticeships have different delivery and assessment arrangements across the required Skills, knowledge and behaviours. As part of the delivery of learning within the construction sector, the NVQ or technical certificate is required to provide the necessary knowledge to achieve the end point assessment for completion of the apprenticeship. This is why CSCS developed a policy for recognising all Apprenticeships, that includes mapping the content of the apprenticeship to a relevant construction National Occupational Standard (NOS) and its associated N/SVQ Recommended Qualification Structure (RQS).

The training organisation Youthforce has developed a new skills development programme for the Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard for Laboratory Technicians. This  programme enables skills development for the construction materials industry through on site delivery of learning, with one to one or group sessions.

Anyone who completes this apprenticeship specifically with; Laboratory Technician NVQ Level 3 or Level 3 Certificate in Laboratory Technical Skills will be eligible for the gold Advanced Craft card upon completion.

CSCS Director of Operations Gordon Jenkins said: “CSCS is pleased to announce recognition of the new Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship Standard Level 3 delivered by Youthforce. The completion of this new standard is positive news for the industry and furthers the construction industry’s goal of a fully trained and qualified workforce.”

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