UK: In a major step forward in improving skills and encouraging young people to take up careers in the sector, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has today (12th March 2015) confirmed their approval of a new Apprenticeship standard for the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump (RACHP) Engineering Technician.
The new standard developed by employers in the industry, with the support of the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) and the Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB), will replace all the current apprenticeship frameworks by the academic year 2017 to 2018, and outlines the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to achieve full competence in RACHP Engineering Technician job roles.
Skills Minister Nick Boles said, “Apprenticeships are a real success story. Through giving leading employers in your sector the power to design and deliver high quality apprenticeships we can give young people the skills our economy vitally needs.
"I congratulate the members of the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Engineering Trailblazer on their involvement in designing the new apprenticeships for RACHP Engineering Technicians, which we have published today.”
IOR President, Graeme Maidment said, “The Institute of Refrigeration is proud to be working with so many employers, trainers and with trade associations through ACRIB on this exciting, ground-breaking project. There is much more work to be done to bring this new standard to the market but we are confident that with continued high levels of support from employers, it will make an immediate and lasting contribution to the future of the industry.“
The chairman of the working group behind the new apprenticeship standard John Austin-Davies said, “Training to a consistent, and nationally agreed standard, is more important in this industry now than ever before. Our Industry is a major energy user, and in addition to the energy consumption there are other very significant environmental aspects, all of which mean that the technology is moving fast. We must be confident that we have a well-prepared workforce to install safely and correctly, and maintain working with optimum efficiency. The Apprenticeship Trailblazer programme is the best opportunity we have to make the step-change necessary.”