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1 Professional Apprenticeship in Construction Management 12 March 2014 Tony Ellender

2 Current Level 6 activity Day release degrees On the job training: – Company-specific taskbooks – NVQs Supported by other training An apprenticeship in all but name BUT Mismatch between competence and knowledge Inconsistent across UK Does not always contribute to client apprenticeship requirements Dictated by academic year Impacted by increased tuition fees

3 Initial SASE-compliant Level 6 Higher Level Apprenticeship proposal Level 6 needed for professional membership Use existing qualifications where possible Maintain separate competence and knowledge qualifications Direct entry or via Level 4/5 Higher Apprenticeships Consider whether progressive or interim qualifications Consider opportunities for synergy and innovation Must be employer-led but include other stakeholders Supported by EOS 2 but consider Trailblazer status Range of Construction Management occupations Replace current part-time degree routes

4 Level 6 Higher Level Apprenticeship – initial proposal Knowledge qualificationAdvantagesDisadvantages DegreeBrand attraction Acceptance by professional institutions Academic credibility Need mapping to NOS Expensive Time restrictions Variability of syllabus HNC/HND/Level 6 Diploma Familiarity Progressive route Cheaper than degrees Common syllabus Linked to NOS Image/attractiveness to school leavers Module restrictions 4

5 Level 6 Higher Level Apprenticeship proposal Competence qualificationAdvantagesDisadvantages NVQ Level 6Existing qualifications Lead to CSCS card Familiarity Complexity of objectives Costs Adapt professional objectives Direct route to professional status Familiarity Lower cost Need approval as standalone qualifications Need for qualified mentors 5

6 Level 6 Higher Level Apprenticeship proposal Issues – Some development of qualifications required – Demand from industry – University-led framework already approved – Funding unclear Opportunities – Overlapping objectives could lead to reduction in duration/cost – Delivery unrelated to academic year – Innovation in delivery/assessment – Incorporate professional membership 6

7 Apprentice Trailblazers (launched 28 October 2013) Employer-led: two sides of A4 – Describe what full competence for occupation means (skills, knowledge, behaviours) and outcomes-led – Written by a consortium of at least 5 employers (including SMEs) and appropriate professional body – At least 12 months of training – Include skills and requirements for professional registration – Specify English and Maths requirements – Specify any qualifications necessary Training and Assessment – At least 20% off the job – Can include qualifications – Assessment largely at end (two thirds) – Synoptic element to assessment – Apprenticeship graded at end – Distinction, Merit, Pass (can be related to knowledge element only) Trailblazer Round 2/EOP 2 Proposal – Not approved for Trailblazer 2 but favourable for Trailblazer 3 – Part of EOP Round 2 – Occupational areas: Construction Management, Civil Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Building Services Engineering, Design Management – Consortium of employers and professional bodies already established – Define standards July 2014 (mirror Trailblazer 2 and accelerate readiness for Trailblazer 3 in Sep 2014) – First delivery Sep 2015 7

8 Trailblazers – process for developing standards/assessment Five levels: – The standard: written by employers and professional bodies – The high level assessment approach: written by employers and professional bodies – The detailed assessment design: can involve training/education providers – The delivery of assessment: can involve training/education providers (but must be independent) – Certification: can involve training/education providers Level of non-employer engagement is up to employers but they must always lead Qualifications are not essential but can be included 8

9 Professional Apprenticeship in Construction Management Employer-led – Balfour Beatty leading – Number of other UKCG employers involved – Also SME interest Professional institutions – RICS, ICE and CIOB already supportive – Engagement with CIBSE and CIAT has started Training/Education providers – CHOBE engaged – Pearson and Competence Matters interested in a solution SSC – CITB have overseen SASE-compliant Level 6 – CITB facilitated forum for Trailblazer 2 Other stakeholders?

10 Professional Apprenticeship in Construction Management – responsibilities Employers – Express interest and form consortium – Write standards – Engage professional institutions Professional institutions – Assist with writing standards – Incorporate professional assessment – Engage with training/education providers Training/Education providers – Assist with detailed design of delivery and assessment – Cost up design and assessment proposals – Deliver SSC role is unclear – consortium directly engages with BIS Account Manager but SSC could help facilitate/project manage consortium

11 Professional Apprenticeship in Construction Management – opportunities Content – Consider common knowledge modules early on – Include latest initiatives (eg BIM) – Include HSE, Sustainability – Consider interim qualifications Assessment – Include professional review (synoptic) – Decide on what is grade-able and what is not – Consider use of simulation Delivery – Look at overlaps of Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours – Consider year round delivery (to meet 20% off-job) – Compare local day release vs. national block release Funding – Consider once outline design is done – Government contribution still unclear – Compare to current costs – Links to CITB Grant

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