The Metrology Industry, under the leadership of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has received approval from the UK government to develop two trailblazer apprenticeship standards.
The trailblazer process is designed to make apprenticeship programmes more rigorous and responsive to the needs of employers. Trailblazers will allow industry to design and develop Apprenticeship Standards to meet the needs of their sector.
NPL undertook a survey in the autumn of 2014 to assess the need for Metrology apprenticeships within industry. The results of the survey confirmed the value and importance of Metrology skills to industry and provided primary evidence of Metrology skills gaps and skills shortages, which are having an impact within industry, affecting productivity, quality of output and technical development.
The Two standards which will be developed by the industry are Metrology Technician (Advanced Apprenticeship) and Senior Metrology Technician (Higher Apprenticeship). he Metrology Trailblazer employer group consists of 30 employer representatives is chaired by Suzanne Wells, Operations Manager for NPL Training,