We are pleased to announce a further £90,000 available through the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) for additional joint practice development projects under the Outstanding, Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) National Technical Skills Programme.
The 18th Edition Wiring Regulations are due to be published in July 2018, and come into effect in January 2019.
We’re working closely with key stakeholders (including the JIB) and can confirm that the new wiring regulations award will continue to comprise of a single qualification and be assessed by a 60 question open book exam requiring the use of BS 7671.
EAL is this week teaming up with government and hundreds of industry partners to launch the Year of Engineering – a national campaign to inspire the next generation of engineers and widen the pool of young people who join the profession.
Throughout 2018, young people and their parents will have the chance to take a closer look at engineering, with thousands of inspiring experiences of engineering on offer throughout the country.
Wales has introduced a new engineering qualification, developed by Enginuity , to put the country on an equal footing with other countries across Europe. Employers in the sector have been urged to seize the opportunity to grow their own talent and close the nation's skills gap.
EAL centre, Coleg Cambria, have put the first learners through the training.
Wales joins a number of other European nations where Master Craftsperson qualifications are recognised, including Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The Master Craftsperson Diploma in Engineering is a higher apprenticeship used in other European nations.
We are pleased to announce that an additional £180,000 of funding is available for OTLA development projects.
AoC, in partnership with emfec and AoC London, is managing this process and the invitation to tender for project funding is now available.
Girl power leads the charge
UK industry's most talented learners, apprentices and technicians were crowned Skills Show 2016 champions after three days of intense competition – with six of the seven girls competing in Enginuity 's engineering competition making it on to the podium.
Katie Goodwill, Rolls-Royce plc and Christine McDowell Belfast Metropolitan College struck gold, Eva Blessing Onyelou, Middlesex University and Hannah Frost UTC Sheffield took silver while Nicole Catney of Belfast Metropolitan College and Kendal Irvine of JCB Transmissions were awarded Bronze in Enginuity 's engineering competitions, which saw 116 regional heat winners battle it out for medals.
Following extensive consultation with employers and training providers, the Government have published the final funding policy that will take effect from May 2017 when the new Apprenticeship Levy is introduced. Details of the new register of apprenticeship training providers has also been announced.
Funds Transferability Will Be a Boon
Enginuity has warmly welcomed the publication of Government plans for the Apprenticeship Levy.
The not for profit employer led organisation, charged with skilling engineering and advanced manufacturing, had been calling for clarity and further detail to help businesses large and small ensure that they are ready to embrace the changes.
To maintain EAL’s position as the specialist skills partner and awarding organisation for industry it is vital we engage with and listen to industry leaders. In 2015 EAL set up the Industry Engagement Forum to bring together industry leaders and corporate partners to help us fully understand the needs of industry, both now and for the future. By encouraging key industry employers, training providers and colleges to play an active role in the forum we hope to inspire a collaborative approach to tackling the skills agenda.