Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure has joined 19 other employers to develop proposals for a new employer-led landscape architecture apprenticeship scheme.
The Landscape Apprenticeships Trailblazer group were supported by the Institute of Place Management and have received government approval for two schemes. The landscape assistant scheme with a level 4 qualification and the landscape professional scheme with a level 7 qualification leading to Chartered Membership of the Landscape Institute.
The Trailblazer group will begin designing the apprenticeship standards to define the competencies required for each apprenticeship. The group plans to consult on the draft standards in May this year, with the aim of having the schemes ready for delivery in early 2019. Once ready for delivery, the schemes will be open to all employers who are interested in taking on landscape apprentices in England. Larger employers paying the Apprenticeship Levy will be able to use their Levy contributions to fund training costs. Smaller employers will have access to government funding. Initially due to the fact that apprenticeships are a devolved policy area the apprenticeships will only be available in England.
Martin Kelly, Head of Land Planning, Real Estate Projects commented “This is a fantastic opportunity to broaden and update entry into the profession and encourage young people from all backgrounds to join us. This will benefit not just our landscape teams in Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure but the wider industry going forward. We are delighted to have played a role in developing the scheme with our clients and other providers.”
The full list of employers who were involved in creating these standards were Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure, Tyler Grange LLP (lead employer), Gillespies, Wilder Associates Ltd, Highways England, Birmingham City Council (The Landscape Practice Group), Building Design Partnership Ltd, Meathop Hall Ltd t/a Farrer Huxley Associates, Townshend Landscape Architects, LDA Design, LUC, LHC, Fira Landscape Ltd t/a Fira, The Environment Partnership (TEP), Limited, Arup Group Limited, Winchester City Council, Amey, MeiLoci, Munro and Whitten Ltd, Re-form Landscape Architects Ltd.
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