UK: Following the approval of the new Apprenticeship standard for the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump (RACHP) Engineering Technician by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) earlier this year, the employers group with the support of the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) and the Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB) is now working on the next stage of development of the RACHP Apprenticeship.
Under the new Government standards, apprenticeships have to be supported with an Assessment Plan which outlines the principles for things like independent assessment of Apprentices at the end of their programme; quality assurance measures; examination methods; mandatory qualifications; the role of Training Organisations and Awarding Organisations.
The following diagram publshed on the Institute of Refrigeration website shows how the Assessment Plan for this Apprenticeship is developing (note this is only a draft and has not been approved or finalised as yet).
Once the Plan is finalised and approved by Government, the next stage will be for funding to be approved and then Awarding Organisations and Training Organisations can register to deliver the Apprenticeship. There will be a lot more work around providing supporting workbooks, frameworks for gathering workplace evidence, guidance for employers, mapping evidence to Engineering Council standards; setting up independent Assessment Panels and End Test arrangements. Awarding organisations will also be able to develop qualifications to support the delivery of the standard, in association with industry.
Anyone wishing to be involved in the on going development process and consultations should contact the IOR here.