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New apprenticeship standard for craft published

Following submission in June this year, the Level 3 Craftsperson Trailblazer Apprenticeship standard has been approved

The standard was developed by a group of craftspeople and employer organisations, including the Crafts Council, Creative & Cultural Skills, and the Heritage Crafts Association, and led by Jason Holt (CEO of R Holts and Co.) under the Government’s new apprenticeship reform proposals.

Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council said:
“Craft is a growing area of the economy. We need to identify and support new craft talent in accessing craft professions and conversely ensure that small businesses are able to take on those talented apprentices in order to grow. The Crafts Council is developing a Craft Education Manifesto so that together the sector can safeguard the future of craft education. This apprenticeship standard is a crucial part of this.”   

Skills Minister Nick Boles said:
“I’m delighted that the Craft Trailblazer has developed a new apprenticeship standard for the role of craftsperson. Since 2010 there have been 1.8 million apprenticeship starts and craft employers are leading by example in the development and delivery of high quality apprenticeships that give people the chance of successful careers and help businesses get the skills they need to grow.”

Jason Holt, CEO of R Holts and Co. and Chair of the Craft Trailblazer group said:
“I’m delighted that the hard work put in by thirty five different disciplines representing British craft has materialised in a new apprenticeship standard. British craftsmanship is renowned around the world yet in recent generations has been in decline. With the new standard comes a new era when to a Craftsperson can once again be a coveted position in society. My thanks to all my fellow trailblazers for making this possible.” 

The Craft Trailblazer group will now develop the assessment arrangements for the apprenticeship during 2014/15. The new apprenticeship standard could be available for first delivery from September 2015. In the meantime the sector will be able to continue to use the existing Apprenticeship Framework for Creative Craft Practitioner.

More details on the Creative Craft Practitioner framework 

More information on the Apprenticeship reforms 


For further information and images, please contact Alasdair Reynolds: 020 7015 1802 and alasdair.reynolds@ccskills.org.uk