IfA launches recruitment drive for more route panel members

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education is looking for around 25 new experts to join its 15 sector-based route panels.

The members are responsible for deciding the readiness of apprenticeship standards in development in the different sectors, reviewing and approving new standards and technical qualifications.

The panels, created two years ago, decide what issues to focus on and aim to ensure the apprentice voice is heard within the decision making structure of the institute.

Members are appointed to each panel on a two-year term, with further appointments possible in response to the demands of emerging apprenticeship standards.

The first 80 industry members were announced in November 2017, coming from a range of industrial and private-sector backgrounds, including from Microsoft, the V&A, Lloyds of London, Jaguar Land Rover, Royal Navy, Toni & Guy, the Lawn Tennis Association, and National Crime Agency. They joined the 15 expert chairs of the panels who had been named earlier that year.

The institute currently has a total of 90 panel members. It said today that it is “looking to identify and recruit” around 25 individuals “both to strengthen existing route panels and to manage future changes in panel membership”.

Members don’t need to be experts in apprenticeships or technical education, but need to demonstrable “expertise, leadership experience and credibility in one or more sectors of an occupational route”, the institute said

“We want 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 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 15 occupational routes are: agriculture, environmental and animal care; business and administration; care services; catering and hospitality; construction; creative and design; digital; education and childcare; engineering and manufacturing; hair and beauty; health and science; legal, finance and accounting; protective services; sales, marketing and procurement; transport and logistics.

According to the job advert, route panels meet regularly to consider proposals put forward by trailblazer groups and T-level panels. These meetings take place every six weeks.

The closing date for applicants is May 29.