26 MAR 2018
The Secretary of State for Education, Damien Hinds, has given final approval for a Geospatial Technician Apprenticeship. The funding band has now been approved meaning it is now ready for delivery.
The Geospatial Technician Apprenticeship will provide the knowledge, skills and behaviours for successful apprentices to apply to become Associate members of RICS or of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES). Furthermore, successful apprentices from the Geospatial Mapping and Science Degree Apprenticeship can apply for professional membership of RICS (MRICS) or the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.
Both these apprenticeships were approved in September 2017 by the Institute for Apprenticeships and the employers who developed these have been awaiting these funding band approvals before delivery can start – now agreed at £9,000 for the Geospatial Technician Apprenticeship and £27,000 for the Geospatial Mapping and Science Degree Apprenticeship (the latter subject to final sign off from the DfE).
The approval of these apprenticeships means that geospatial employers can use their apprenticeship levy payments or the government’s apprenticeship funding to pay for the development of new talent for their businesses.
The Institute for Apprenticeships has also recommended a final funding band to the Secretary of State for the Geospatial Mapping and Science Degree Apprenticeship and this will also be ready for delivery very shortly.
The geospatial apprenticeships have been developed by a group of 19 employers*, led by Skanska and supported by RICS and ICES. The apprenticeship development was also supported by Class of Your Own and The Survey Association (TSA). TSA provided support funding for the apprenticeship development work.