IfA opens applications for its 15 occupational route panels

The Institute for Apprenticeships has begun the recruitment process for membership to its 15 occupational route panels.

The groups are being created to lead the review and approval of new apprenticeship standards and technical qualifications.

They will be in addition to the panels set up by the Department for Education for T-levels, but once the institute takes responsibility for the new technical qualifications later this year they will have to merge the groups.

“We are looking both to strengthen existing route panels and also to identify individuals to manage changes in the existing membership,” the IfA said .

“You don’t need to be an expert in apprenticeships or technical education – but you do need demonstrable expertise (rather than generalist knowledge), leadership experience and credibility in one or more sectors of an occupational route.”

It wants people who can bring “real insight into the realities of working in their industry, who can demonstrate sound judgement when dealing with complex situations, who are themselves open to challenge and who potentially have experience of operating within a panel structure to arrive at balanced and timely decisions”.

“It goes without saying, those who serve on our panels are also passionate about ensuring the standards and qualifications they approve are of the highest quality,” the IfA added.

“As a route panel member, you’ll not only be helping to drive economic growth and social mobility nationally, you’ll also be making an important investment in building the capability of your own sector, ensuring that employers like you have the workforce they need for future success.”

The roles are two-year fixed-term appointments which “may be extended by mutual agreement”.

Members will need to be able to commit “up to two days per six-week cycle, including attendance at panel meetings”.

The closing date for application is midnight on Sunday June 17. Interested parties can apply here.