Engineering Standards update

It continues to be a very busy time regarding our work in the development of standards.

The GTA England Standards Steering Group have met with success in receiving conformation from the IFA that the Metal Fabricator standard has been fully approved. The group has since submitted the assessment plan and expect feedback by mid-October.
In terms of funding:
The funding band for the Engineering Fitter is confirmed at £21k and although there are some minor tweaks required in the assessment plan, we expect ministerial approval in late September/ early October.  This represents good news as it is possible to on board 2018 Apprentices to this standard where it is appropriate. I’m sure you’ll join me in congratulating colleagues at Siemens who led this work.
Less positive news concerns the Engineering Operative standard. Although we have had the standard and assessment plan approved in a relatively short timescale (!); the funding band has been confirmed as £6k as our appeal did not meet with success.  The TB group are currently considering options here.  Along with the above, ministerial approval is expected within weeks.
In the submission of the Metal Fabricator assessment plan, some 5 quotes for delivery, all £30k or above, were included. This compares to the initial funding band allocated by the IFA of £9k. Coincidentally, the initial funding band of the Engineering Fitter stood at the same rate of £9K giving us hope that the approval process can uplift the final funding band.
We continue to be active contributors in the Aerospace and Automotive trailblazer groups. We have supported by providing quotes in the review of the Engineering Technician standard. We expect the outcome sometime in October. Therefore, in a worst case scenario, should the funding band be reduced; GTAs will have a further 6-8 weeks from notification to complete all the starts notification documentation  to secure the current level of funding. Clearly, it is imperative that on-boarding processes are ready to be completed efficiently and effectively.
Engineering Fitter funding band confirmed at £21k and although there are some minor tweaks required in the assessment plan, we expect ministerial approval (with the above) late September/ early October.  This represents good news as it is possible to on board 2018 Apprentices to this standard where it is appropriate.
Mechatronics revisions to provide notional pathways
The amendments accepted by the Automotive group to change the structure of the level 3 development Skills qualification to accommodate “notional pathways” and see the introduction of a medical pathway have now been actioned. The new qualification is hoped to be available for October (members see Members area of website for L3 Development Competence AME issue 11 July 2018) and therefore be available for 2017 starts to enter the development skills phase
The Machining pathway in the Engineering Technician standard has had many additional units included. This incorporates Spring making and should also be available late October (members see Members area of website for L3 Development Competence AME issue 11 July 2018)
Members will find the latest updated position on the availability and development of qualifications which underpin standards from C&G, EAL; and Pearson in the members area of the website.
Lesley.Powles@gtaengland.co.uk

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