Fourth content review of apprenticeship standards launched

Apprenticeships covering agriculture, environment and animal care will be probed by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education in its fourth route review.

Eleven of the standards, including arborist, forest operative and golf greenkeeper, will be reviewed in total, and there will be a supporting eight-week consultation, running from today until 4 December.

The institute’s chief executive Sir Gerry Berragan said the review “will help us improve the quality of those apprenticeship standards to make sure they meet the needs of both employers and apprentices”.

He continued: “This is a great opportunity for those who are involved with apprenticeships in these occupations to have their say and I look forward to seeing some of the feedback.”

Recommendations from this review will be published in the summer of 2020.

The route panel chair for agriculture, environment and animal care, Dr Jude Capper, said: “It is great to be starting this review to make sure the standards are of the highest quality and meet the demands of the both employers and apprentices.”

The first route review of apprenticeship standards was a year ago and saw 12 standards in the digital sector cut down to nine.

Two further reviews, of creative and design and hair and beauty, were launched over the summer and are ongoing.

The standards covered by this latest review are:

  • Arborist
  • Forest operative
  • Golf greenkeeper
  • Horticulture and landscape operative
  • Sports turf operative
  • Pest control technician
  • Landscape/horticulture supervisor
  • Stockperson (beef, pigs, sheep, dairy)
  • Equine groom
  • Senior equine groom
  • Animal trainer