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Employability Trailblazer

Posted By Heather Ette, 19 April 2018
Updated: 09 April 2018

Lead Employability Practitioner Standard Gets Go Ahead

We are pleased to announce that due to the hard work and tenacity of the Employability Trailblazer Employer Group (ETEG) we have now secured the approval to go ahead and develop the Level 4 Lead Employability Practitioner Apprenticeship standard.

The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) has published the status of the Standard as "In development" on their website, a link to which you can view here 

The journey to this point began in March 2017 and is a culmination of a great amount of discussion debate and collaboration with colleagues in the ETEG. At the heart of the discussion has been our collective passion to develop a standard that is meaningful and that fits the changing landscape of the employability profession in light of the Work and Health Programme and the future needs of a new type of Employability Practitioner.

IEP Chairman Scott Parkin FIEP said "Reaching this stage is a huge achievement and one I am particularly proud of. The process of developing this standard has been a challenge at times but it has also been extremely rewarding. To be able to work with so many professionals and experts to create something that will deliver the right future skills for Practitioners has been so fulfilling. We are developing the opportunity for career progression in a wider employability and skills landscape that will provide many more benefits for our Practitioners and their customers. This is at the very heart of what the IEP exists to do and I am grateful to have been involved in the journey so far".

Gemma Bramley, Education Development Trust said " [leave space for quote]

The next stage in the development of this standard is the approval of the Assessment Plan and the provision of a Funding Band. We will keep you up to date with developments in the Standard and our plans for roll out of the Employability Practitioner Standard as it unfolds but in the meantime if you would like to get involved and contribute to the development of this standard please do contact either myself at or Claire Illingworth at

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