In early October the Height Safety Trailblazer Group received notification that their proposal to develop a Fall Protection Technician apprenticeship has been approved.
The approval recognised that an appropriate quality of training is available for the Height Safety sector. Approval of the apprenticeship on a national framework is immensely valuable. It means small to medium-sized companies will be able to access grant funding to support apprentice training. It ensures that our sector is able to obtain skilled worker cards for operatives, following the withdrawal of CRO cards this year
What is the Height Safety Trailblazer Group?
A Height Safety Trailblazer Group is a group of employers representing the Height Safety Sector. They have come together to develop standards for apprenticeships specific to relevant job roles in the sector.
The British Safety Industry Federation, Height Safety Group (BSIF HSG) has been formative in setting up the Trailblazer group. A key aim of the group was to ensure it is fully representative of the sector. SME installers make up 50% of the representation.
The group obtained specialist advice from trainers, educators and awarding bodies including BEIS, CITB, HSE etc.
High-Quality Fall-Protection Training
In approving the Height Safety Trailblazer proposal, the Construction Route Panel was particularly complimentary of the “well-written and clear proposal”. Panel members noted how the proposal clearly explained details of the Fall Protection Technician role in a way that is accessible to someone who perhaps doesn’t have in-depth knowledge of the sector.
We anticipate that the new Fall Protection Technician programme will be available to apprentices next year.
In the meantime, the Height Safety Trailblazer Group will continue to develop the standard, extending it across a range of occupations throughout our sector.
For more details of the Height Safety Trailblazer Group and the new Fall Protection Technician apprenticeship, contact us at Highwire
For wider information on Trailblazers see Future of Apprenticeships in England: Guidance for trailblazers.