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Environmental health apprenticeships launched

Stuart Spear05/04/2018 - 13:28

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Apprenticeships will be a way into the profession
Apprenticeships will be a way into the profession

The government has announced the launch of a new apprenticeship scheme in regulatory compliance targeted at environmental health and trading standards.  

The move is part of the apprenticeship levy scheme launched in April last year designed to set up 3 million new apprenticeship nationally by 2020 to bridge Britain’s skills gap and improve social mobility.

The launch of a level 4 Regulatory Compliance Officer apprenticeship scheme will enable local authorities to reclaim some of the levy they have contributed and use it for the training of regulatory officers in environmental health and trading standards departments. The levy is also open to larger businesses.

Level 4 is seen as an equivalent academic standard to a foundation degree course and would typically take around two years to complete through a combination of on the job experience and academic learning.

Employers are being asked to set their own entry qualifications however a minimum standard of GCSE maths and English is expected.

Once qualified a compliance officer will be expected to carry out a risk assessment, understand legislation relevant to regulatory functions, check and respond to non-compliance.

Discussions are on-going with a number of training providers with courses in a Regulatory Compliance Officer Apprenticeship expected to be up and running by September.

‘This will be a great resource for environmental health departments and fits well with our current review of qualifications,’ said Jon Buttolph, CIEH head of membership and professional standards.

‘CIEH is also supporting the trailblazer group responsible for developing the EHP degree level apprenticeship throughout 2018.’

Approval has now been given to set an environmental health degree apprenticeship standard. A trailblazer group has been formed and is in the process of agreeing a draft standard which it hoped to put to consultation later in the Spring.

The trailblazer group is made up of a range of employers from local government and the private sector along with representatives from universities. Final approval for the degree standard is given by the Institute of Apprenticeships.  

The apprenticeship levy was launched in April last year and is calculated by the payroll of an organisation. All companies with a wage bill of over £3m are required to make a 0.5 per cent levy paid monthly into their own online digital apprenticeship service account. The government then provides 10 per cent top up funding.

Local authorities and businesses are then able to choose which apprenticeships they wish to support, find a course provider and then use the funds to pay for an individual course. The Levy applies to organisation in the private and public sector. 

 

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