Professional Body Accreditation and Registration

Following the launch of the GTA England Survey on Professional Body Accreditation we have now compiled the interim summary. In total, 107 people completed the survey broken down between CEOs on behalf of the GTA, trainers and assessors and apprentices as set out below in diagram 1.

The starting assumption is that membership of professional bodies offers GTAs, GTA staff and our apprentices significant business and personal benefits, not least because the professional body standard is the end point assessment test for many of the engineering standards. This means that reaching individual registration for apprentices or staff, and achieving schema accreditation for our programmes will directly benefit our success rates. Our broad aim as a network of high quality providers is:

  1. To reach a level where all tutors and assessors that choose to are members of their professional body (and to use this more widely as a professional CPD / benchmark, for example).
  2. For all GTA England apprentices to be informed and encouraged to join their relevant professional body at the start of their programme (to widen access to other materials and support, for example) and to encourage apprentices to retain their membership after they complete.
  3. To reach professional body approval/recognition for every GTA apprenticeship programme, which means apprentices who achieve our apprenticeships would automatically meet requirements for professional body membership, for example.

We will use the survey research conclusions to help inform discussions with professional bodies and develop support services for GTA members, their staff and apprentices.

This is starting with a briefing day on 26th July run with the engineering professional bodies which will cover the benefits, messages to employers and process for personal and scheme accreditation.

Queries about the questionnaire or on professional accreditation can be directed to rebecca.rhodes@gtaengland.co.uk.

The Summary Report from the 107 responses received for the professional body survey can be found in the Member Resources Library PROFESSIONAL BODY ACCREDITATION folder

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