With the new trailblazer apprenticeships an apprentice spends 80% of their time in the workplace with a designated mentor and 20% with a college, training provider or university – either through day-release or block-release.
Successful apprentices go through an End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of the apprenticeship.
Trailblazer apprenticeships have their own standards and assessment plans developed by employer groups and approved by government. Details of these, funding and training providers are listed on Gov.uk.
ICE approved apprenticeships
Employer groups with support from ICE and the JBM have devised standards which align with EngTech and IEng qualifications. These ICE approved apprenticeships include:
Meanwhile, Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) apprenticeship frameworks continue as before.
Training providers and End Point Assessors also have to be registered for each apprenticeship.
Training providers who want to align with ICE’s requirements for approval or accreditation should contact JBM@ice.org.uk
ICE as End Point Assessor
Employers are free to choose which approved organisation to use for their apprentice’s EPA.
ICE is registered to deliver the EPA for the Railway Engineering Design Technician standard and will apply to be an End Point Assessment provider for other apprenticeships as they come on stream.
EPA shortcut to EngTech or IEng
Once apprentices have successfully completed their EPA they can choose to become professionally registered either as Engineering Technicians (EngTech) or Incorporated Engineers (IEng) depending on the standard attained.
If ICE carries out the EPA this assessment incorporates the requirements of our professional review process and those who want can therefore be admitted to qualified ICE membership and registration with the Engineering Council as a result.
To enable this ICE recommends that apprentices undertake a JBM accredited course and use our IPD Online system to record their experience as they go.
Developing new standards and standards revision?
Employers who want to develop new standards and align them with requirements for approval or accreditation should contact:
Contact ICE about apprenticeships
Whether you’re an employer or training provider ICE can advise on developing and managing apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales
Employers, colleges and universities developing apprenticeships in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales who need advice and information should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Programme developers who want to align their apprenticeships with ICE’s approval and accreditation requirements should go to: