Skanska has been working with the Institute for Apprenticeships and other industry employers to develop three new geospatial apprenticeship roles, which are now ready for delivery.
The Secretary of State for Education, Damien Hinds, has given final approval for a Geospatial Technician apprenticeship, a Geospatial Mapping apprenticeship and a Science Degree apprenticeship by approving their funding bands, making them now ready for delivery.
The approval of these apprenticeships means that Skanska and other geospatial employers can use Apprenticeship Levy payments or the Government’s apprenticeship funding to pay for the development of new talent.
The Geospatial Technician apprenticeship will provide the knowledge, skills and behaviours for successful apprentices to apply to become Associate members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors and successful apprentices from the Geospatial Mapping and Science Degree Apprenticeship can apply to become Members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering.
Antony Jenkins, Chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to approve these standards. High quality apprenticeship standards like this help learners and employers reach their potential.
“More and more businesses of all sizes are realising the benefits that high quality apprenticeships can offer. The Institute is putting employers in control of developing the standards they need, giving learners a basis for lasting employment and overcoming the national skills gaps.”
Mark Lawton, Chief Engineer at Skanska and Chair of the Trailblazer Group, said: “It was truly inspiring to see professional bodies, trade bodies and different sectors of industry collaborate together to deliver these standards. The future geospatial educational requirements for the apprenticeship have been tailored by the Trailblazer Group, and I feel this is a huge educational step for our geospatial future talent.”