BIM Trailblazer apprenticeships backed by Government

Credit: CITB
Credit: CITB

New apprenticeship standards for Building Information Modelling-centric apprenticeships have been backed by the Government.

As part of Phase 3 of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) supported Trailblazer group, new apprenticeships to get the next generation of AEC professionals efficient in using BIM have been given the go-ahead.

The news comes after back in June, the Government called for industry groups and employers to join forces and pitch new apprenticeships ideas. Alongside the role of Construction Plant Hire Desk Controller, Digital Engineer (aka the BIM role) was also backed by Government officials.

Companies and industry franchises involved in the Trailblazer scheme include Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Laing O’Rourke, the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Someone who is “delighted” at the launch of the scheme’s third phase is Trailblazer Group Chair, Alison Lamplough. Although she states that there is still a long way to go, this announcement is a step in the right direction. She said:

“There is still much to do to ensure we have the skills base we need for the future of our industry. Employers leading the development of new apprenticeships will demand that the apprenticeships deliver the quality that’s required for the future and create new routes for young people into construction. That is why we are delighted to have secured this Phase 3 Apprenticeship Trailblazer.”

CITB Chief Executive Adrian Belton also provided comment, describing the new chances to become BIM-enabled as “great”.

“The Apprenticeship Trailblazer is a great opportunity for employers and industry to come together and shape the construction skills of the workforce of tomorrow,” explained Belton. “This partnership is a great first step in helping us to recruit and retain the best and brightest talent so that we can drive improved performance and ensure construction has the right skills to thrive.”

Click here to read the entire release via The Construction Index.

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