Radical changes are being made to reform the look and feel of apprenticeship in the housing industry as part of the Government’s trailblazer project, set to be introduced later this year.
These changes are being led by the Aspire Group Head of Regeneration Tim Edwards, supported by the National Housing Federation, together with Chartered Institute of Housing, other professional bodies and housing partners.
The housing sector currently employs over 88 000 staff and manages over 2.5 million homes.
Initial research revealed a need to address an ageing workforce in the industry, implement new skills into their businesses such as IT, and increase the focus on energy efficiency, welfare and support.
Aspire Group Head of Regeneration, Tim Edwards, said: “These new apprenticeships will incorporate 21st Century demands of providers, and will provide a real benefit to the housing sector and the career development of the apprentices.”
Participants in the housing trailblazer project have agreed to replace the existing level 2 and level 3 programmes and develop a new level 4, which will offer a positive and continued pathway for entrants within the housing sector.
The programmes are expected to launch at the end of 2015.
Tim added: “This will support employer requirements, raise the profile of the housing sector and create a professional pathway for many apprentices to succeed within the industry from entry level.”
Lynsey Boother, Employment and Skills Consultant with the National Housing Federation worked with the Aspire Group and the consortium of housing associations in developing the trailblazer standards.
She said: “The collaborative approach and real teamwork from colleagues across the housing and property sectors has been impressive, securing a high quality, durable and accessible apprenticeship standard that will drive recruitment and workforce development for the next generation of housing professionals.”
For more information about the Trailblazer project please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-standard-housing-management