The apprenticeship standards, which were developed by groups of employers brought together under the auspices of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES), have been the subject of extensive industry consultation. They were submitted to the Apprenticeship Unit of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) in June. These have now been signed off and approved as meeting the required criteria.
Skills minister Nick Boles said: “By designing apprenticeships, organisations like the Building & Engineering Services Association and their employer groups are ensuring that talented young people develop the skills needed to progress up the career ladder and help drive businesses forward.”
Work to develop standards for ventilation hygiene and other relevant fields will start next.
Consideration is also being given to higher- and degree-level apprenticeships for building services engineers.