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A scheme to train new generations of motorcycle technicians has been approved by the government.

“Following three years of intense work, we are pleased to announce that our Trailblazer apprenticeship standard and ‘end-point assessment’ have finally been signed off as ready to go by the government”, said Stephen Latham, head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK.
Latham said the need for a new employer-driven technician apprenticeship became apparent following the government’s plan to increase the number of young people learning a skill or craft in all industries, rather than either going to university or into a manual job without trained skills and, possibly, with limited prospects for the future.
The government mandated that all businesses with a payroll over three million would pay a 0.5% levy to cover the training of Trailblazer apprenticeships. It also decreed that these apprenticeships had to be designed by employers and not colleges and providers. Thus, a group of dealer employers was formed as a Trailblazer team for the development of the apprenticeship.
To be approved, the apprenticeship needed show the need for an apprenticeship for a specific trade/discipline or industry; to define the apprenticeship standards outlining the knowledge, skills and behaviour the apprentice will have to develop and acquire; and to write an end-point assessment (EPA) comprising a final exam and skills testing system that would be carried out at the end of the apprenticeship for the candidate to gain the qualification.
Latham continued: “The different processes have proved to be more challenging than expected and required significant efforts from all the employers involved. Positively, the apprenticeship standard and EPA have now been accepted and a funding band will be assigned shortly so that colleges and providers will be able to use the scheme to train young people to be fully skilled motorcycle technicians.
“NMDA is proud to have achieved this milestone alongside its members which will play a crucial role in securing a stable workforce for our sector and offering exciting opportunities to the new generations.
“Our thanks and gratitude go to all the motorcycle dealer employers and providers who worked on the project under the guidance of the chair Philip Youles of Youles Motorcycles of Bolton and Manchester as well as our Institute for Apprenticeships Relationship Manager Mark Aberdein.”