Wamitab eyes key role in new waste sector apprenticeships


Wamitab eyes key role in new waste sector apprenticeships

28 April, 2015 | By Jack Loughran

Wamitab is interested in providing end-point assessments for the Trailblazer apprenticeships being developed for the waste sector, it has revealed.

Energy and Utility Skills (EU Skills) is working with companies including Viridor, FCC, Cory, Veolia and Grundon to implement new apprenticeship standards in September. The number of apprentices involved has not yet been revealed.

The initiative is part of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills’ (BIS) Trailblazing Apprenticeship scheme.

Wamitab said it was keen to become an Independent Assessment Organisation (IAO).

Chief executive Chris James said: “It is critical that the industry gets behind the initiative to ensure that it is relevant, delivers what employers want and complies with the rigorous standards of the relevant government agencies.”

IAOs will work with employers through their board of trustees, the technical advisory group and stakeholder partners.

The organisations will collaborate to provide independent end-point assessment for those enrolled on the scheme. Such independent assessment is a criteria of the new-style apprenticeships.

Wamitab is a charity that develops qualifications for cleaning, street cleansing, facilities management, resource management, recycling and parking from operative through to management level.

“Wamitab is well-placed to reshape not just the apprenticeships but the wider skills frameworks for the sector,” said James.

“We have over 25 years’ experience of working at the heart of the industry, shaping and developing a competent workforce by close partnership working with employers; training providers and the relevant government agencies.”

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