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Posted By Heather Ette, 16 April 2017
Updated: 05 April 2017

Fantastic Turnout to Discuss Future Standards

The first Employability Apprenticeship Trailblazer Employer Group Meeting took place in late March with a packed room of sector professionals.  The meeting, delivered in partnership with Seetec and hosted by Working Links, provided an understanding of the views of the sector concerning the Trailblazer, set actions to achieve before the next meeting and agreed a consensus going forward.

 Samantha Rope, Group HR Director of Seetec said ‘It was great to see so many organisations in our sector supporting this event, highlighting an appetite for us all to work together to discuss our needs and ideas around the types of ‘Apprenticeship Trailblazers’ we would like to develop.

 ‘Much time was spent reflecting on the challenges faced by employees in the sector, the competencies that underpin our work and our desire to develop a solution that supports career development and progression from equivalent of Level 2 to Degree level.

 ‘Because standards are flexible according to an organisation’s delivery model it is important that those standards are translatable across companies and one of the key outcomes of the meeting was the need to identify synergies with other ‘Case Management’ roles to enable movement across sectors.’

 IEP Chairman Scott Parkin FIEP said ‘This is a very important time for our profession and as such we need to think more innovatively about how we go about what we do. The ’employability sector’ is changing, it will become more integrated and, as such, those working within it will require knowledge, understanding and the ability to broker successful partnership relationships for the benefit of the customer. It will also become more diverse in the range of delivery organisations and the various sectors responsible for delivering employment support services to customers who in turn are becoming more complex and have intensive support needs requiring a multi-agency approach to service delivery.

 We are looking to understand the synergies in the skills and capabilities across these other sectors so that we can ensure that the standards we develop facilitate both vertical and horizontal career progression pathways across a range of sectors.’

A second meeting has been organised on Thursday 11th May, to widen engagement across the sector providing the opportunity for increased involvement this will be open to as many organisations from inside and outside the sector as possible. For more information please contact


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