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New apprenticeship standard for Metrology Technicians approved by government

Following the submission in June 2016, the Department for Education (DfE) has approved the new trailblazer apprenticeship standard for Metrology Technician as part of the government's ambitions to increase the number of quality apprenticeships in England.

New apprenticeship standard for Metrology Technicians approved by government

The new Level 3 standard was developed by the Metrology trailblazer group, which includes over 30 employers and key stakeholders. This group is led and chaired by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and supported by Kapow Learning Solutions. The new standard sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by Metrology Technicians across a wide range of industries.

As the first nationally recognised apprenticeship standard in Metrology, it will ensure apprenticeship training is relevant and beneficial to the future of the Metrology industry. It will also help boost opportunities for people starting out in the Metrology industry and will help support the growth of the Metrology workforce nationwide.

The Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, Robert Halfon, said: "Apprenticeships offer young people a ladder of opportunity to gain the vital skills they and businesses need to succeed. By putting more control in the hands of employers, we are ensuring apprenticeships are high quality and address skills shortages facing industry. Congratulations to the Metrology trailblazer for publishing their Metrology Technician apprenticeship standard, and for playing an active role in developing the workforce of the future."

Suzanne Loftus, Chair of the Metrology trailblazer group and Operations Manager for NPL Training, added: "Metrology is key to UK companies and currently there are no specific vocational routes into skilled roles. The new apprenticeship standard is a game changer for employers, providing an alternative route into skilled employment and valuable recognition of the Metrology profession. The standard will ensure individuals have relevant technical skills and knowledge that are valued by industry, contributing to the long term success of the economy."

How to get involved

If you're interested in employing a Metrology Apprentice or would like to know more about the standard, contact: apprenticeships@npl.co.uk

View Apprenticeship standard for a Metrology Technician

The trailblazer group is also developing a Higher Apprenticeship Standard for Senior Metrology Technician, which will be the subject of public consultation in the autumn.

Metrology trailblazer group organisations:

AgustaWestland, BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines, British Measurement and Testing Association (BMTA), British Standards Institute (BSI), CoMech Metrology Ltd, Coventry University, Dupont Teijin Polyester Films UK Ltd, Gauge and Tool Makers Association (GTMA), Hexagon Metrology, Institute of Measurement and Control, Institute of Physics (IOP), Jaguar Land Rover, LGC, London Borough of Havering, Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Mitutoyo, the National Measurement & Regulation Office (NMRO), National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Physical Digital Limited, Reliance Precision Limited, Renishaw, Rhopoint Metrology Ltd, Rolls-Royce Plc, Science Council, SEMTA, SGS Emics, Taylor Hobson Ltd, TUV SUD (NEL), United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), United Kingdom Weighing Federation (UKWF), University College London, Waters Corporation.

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Last Updated: 27 Sep 2016
Created: 27 Sep 2016

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