RACHP Apprenticeship Trailblazer Employers Group Revealed

RACHP Apprenticeship Trailblazer Employers Group Revealed

UK:  The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB), is calling for further input to drive forward changes in apprenticeship standards and employers are being invited to get involved in owning and leading the design of future Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump (RACHP) apprenticeships, that are to replace the existing standards by 2017.

The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR), as the professional body representing the RACHP sector has engaged with employers to start the process of developing these stardards, and is seeking views and support from everyone involved in employing or training new Engineering Technicians.

The IOR is also calling for employers to sign up to an RACHP Engineering Technician Trailblazer Stakeholder Group. The Stakeholder Group will allow you to have direct input to the development of the new standards by sharing your views, commenting on drafts, attending meetings and being part of this new initiative.

The IOR has revealed below the twelve RACHP employers involved in the design and development of these new standards, which is being chaired by John Austin-Davies of EPTA.

  • Enigma Environmental Services Ltd
  • GEA Refrigeration
  • Integral UK Ltd
  • Mitsubishi Electric, Living Environmental Systems
  • Star Refrigeration
  • Space Engineering Services
  • Carter Synergy
  • Adcock Refrigeration and Air conditioning
  • George Barker & Co (Leeds), Epta Group incorporating Cold Service
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Daikin Airconditioning UK Ltd
  • MacWhirter Air Conditioning

The diagram below shows some of the proposed principles under the new Government Trailblazer apprenticeship programmes and a more detailed discussion Paper is available at

12 RACHP Employers will design. develop and sign off new standardsRACHP Engineering Technician Apprenticeship TrailblazerStrong industry support from ACRIB, trade associations and professional institutesRACHP trailblazer scheme principlesRACHP trailblazer scheme principlesRACHP trailblazer scheme principles

A summary of key requirements and attributes as well as principles of assessment will be submitted to Government in early 2015 by the RACHP Trailblazer Employers group so it is important that as many views from a wide variety of businesses in the sector are included.  

Comments are being invited up to 12th December 2014 and you can also use the feedback form to join an employer stakeholder group if you want to have continued involvement in this work.

To sign up and join the Trailblazer Stakeholder Group Click here


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