BIS announces new Trailblazer Apprenticeships standards, with ILM support

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has today released new Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards for management, enabling employers to tailor apprenticeship schemes to reflect their business needs.

The new standards, developed in support with ILM - the leading provider of leadership and management qualifications - are Level 3 (team leader/supervisor) and Level 5 (operations/departmental manager). Replacing current frameworks by 2017/18, Trailblazer Apprenticeships will facilitate employers in creating the management and leadership skills needed to compete on a global scale - whilst supporting the government to achieve its target of three million starts by 2020.

Jake Tween, funding and apprenticeships manager at ILM, said: “As part of the Trailblazer groups, we’ve been working closely with employers, colleges, independent training providers and higher education institutions to inform government decisions around the new apprenticeship standards. The standards, incorporating on the job learning and assessments, ensure that organisations are future proofing themselves by creating the management and leadership skills needed to thrive”.

Andy Smyth, development manager of vocational learning at TUI Group, commented: “The Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards are a game changer for employers and individuals alike. Instead of skills learnt being at risk of being too generic for employers, they can ensure that apprenticeship development is highly tailored and valuable to their business. The additional step of employers and learning providers signing off qualifications too, ensure it is a fair and valuable assessment. The new standards also mean that apprentices can hit the ground running, learning leadership and management skills that will establish them for future success. Having worked with ILM and other expert organisations and employers in the trailblazer group, we’re confident that the new standards will deliver against employer and apprentice needs both now and in the future.”

Lara van den Bogaard,

Communications Manager at ILM
020 7294 3062/ 07730 764 867

Notes to editors

ILM is the leading provider of Leadership and Management qualifications in the UK with over 90,000 qualifications awarded each year. In the past year, ILM has delivered 10,000 management apprenticeships.

With over one million people holding an ILM qualification, the organisation is dedicated to continuously improving leadership, management and coaching skills - both in the UK and internationally – ensuring businesses and individuals are equipped for the working world now and in the future.

ILM develops qualifications, accredits and assesses training, and provides quality training materials to ensure continual learning development. All ILM qualifications are awarded by The City and Guilds of London Institute.