The recent addition of Dr. Martin Killeen to the AEMT secretariat from Loughborough College and the college’s old AEMT training workshop now in storage means things are moving on from the old AEMT apprentice scheme.
Loughborough College has had a close working relationship with the AEMT for over 20 years, and it has served members well during this time.
The future requires the AEMT to look further afield, and to start promoting apprenticeships across the country now that can benefit from the new trailblazing scheme starting in 2017.
Dr. Martin Killeen brings with him a thorough understanding of the training and education system and we look forward to letting members know in the Spring of 2017 how the AEMT will be supporting apprentices for 2017/2018 applicants.
On top of the apprenticeships will be a program of ‘top-up’ courses which can bridge the gap between apprenticeships and the bespoke requirements of AEMT members’ service centres.
A group of AEMT members have come together to form a training committee to help determine what these courses will be, and how they will be distributed. If you feel passionately about the development of these courses and apprenticeships, please get in touch with the secretariat.
More about apprenticeships:
Apprenticeships into the service and repair industry will usually be pitched at a level 3 advanced apprenticeship ending up with an Engineering Technician (Eng Tech) qualification recognised by the Engineering Council.
Anyone can apply for an apprenticeship, so long as they are over the age of 16 and hold typically 3 GCSEs or equivalent at grade C in Mathematics, English and Science.
All apprentices will earn a salary starting at the national minimum wage. Working hours are at least 30 hours a week and the course can take between 36 and 42 months.
Most training will take place in the workplace, so the skills learned are of immediate value to the employer.
Grants or funding are available to most people, but only those aged between 16-19 are likely to get their full training costs covered by the government.