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Trailblazer hails support for apprenticeships

The Trailblazer Consortium, an organisation backed by a number of key trade bodies and industry groups, has paid tribute to the print market for its response to a call for support over the new Print Apprenticeship Standards.

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Ursula Daly, coordinator for the Trailblazer Consortium, says the organisation has been “greatly reassured” by the response of the industry.

Featuring the likes of the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) and The Printing Charity, the Consortium in December hit out at a proposal put forward by the ESFA to use a ‘one size fits all’ approach to the standard.
 
At the time, the Consortium said this would lead to a reduction in the quality of an apprenticeship, as the individual would need to become a generalist across all areas of print, including pre-press, press and bindery, 
 
The Consortium favours an approach of developing a specialism in one area, while at the same time having a general understanding of the other areas.
 
With this in mind, the organisation called on the industry to express its views on the situation, and has how reported that over 50 entities responded, backing the Consortium’s approach. 
 

The level of responses went way beyond anything we dared hope for, and it’s helped us communicate a really robust message about the sector’s needs

The Institute for Apprenticeships has taken this feedback on board and, after a meeting with Consortium chair James Buffoni and vice-chair Ian Wilton, has opted to support the ‘core plus options’ approach.
 
Ursula Daly, coordinator for the Consortium, says: “We were really impressed with the way that the industry and the trade press understood the debate and then provided strong and clear feedback supporting the Trailblazer Consortium. The level of responses went way beyond anything we dared hope for, and it’s helped us communicate a really robust message about the sector’s needs. 
 
“I can’t overstate how appreciative we are, and the Consortium members—who are all dedicating a great deal of time and effort to this—are greatly reassured by the level of support across the industry.”

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