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Apprenticeships and Engineering Council Registration

The Skills for Growth White Paper (BIS, 2009) recognised the lack of technical skills and insufficient technician level recognition across the UK.  Further to this, the recent Apprenticeship Reform and recommendations made through the Richard Review intends to make Apprenticeships more rigorous and more responsive to employers’ needs resulting in the current transition from Apprenticeship Frameworks to new Industry defined Apprenticeship standards, with a specific requirement to meet professional registration.

 Furthermore, the government has made clear, Apprenticeships should, in the future, equip Apprentices with the competence and experience needed to secure professional accreditation where it is available.

The plumbing and heating sector therefore identified the need to undertake research through an industry employer group and stakeholder group, exploring the take up of Engineering Council registration. The aim of this research, led by SummitSkills and The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) and sponsored by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation (Gatsby), is to understand industry’s perceptions and any barriers to professional recognition for Plumbing and Domestic Heating.

The response from all involved in the plumbing and heating industry and supporting stakeholders has been excellent with universal agreement that collaboration to safeguard and enhance future Apprenticeship training is essential. It is evident that technological advancements in recent years can be included within a revised Apprenticeship standard to ensure that future Apprenticeships are fit for purpose. Employer led training, supported by industry, leading to professional registration has overwhelming support from all involved.

The research study was completed in July 2014.  Following detailed analysis of findings, this final report has been produced.

 Click here to download the full report.