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End-point Assessment Reasonable Adjustments Guidance for apprentices with additional support needs

This guidance aims support End-Point Assessment Organisations (EPAOs) to provide reasonable adjustments within the end-point assessment process for apprentices with additional support needs.

Digital community manager

Reference Number: ST0345 Details of standard Occupation summary This occupation is found in industries and organisations that interact and communicate with their customers and end user online, for example the videogame industry and software providers. It is a key role for such employers, from small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to large organisations. The broad purpose of the occupation is to facilitate and instigate direct communication online between the end user or customer and the organisation. The customers who are communicating with the organisation are referred to as ‘the community'. Digital Community Managers are the ‘public face’ online for an organisation, implementing their communication strategy to support its business objectives. This is achieved through the management of online media channels and delivering activities such as release information, updates and responding to questions from the community. Digital Community Managers deliver information and useful ideas from the community to their organisation and are the ‘eyes and ears’ of the organisation within the player community. Conversely, they provide information from their organisation back to the community.  

Keeper and aquarist

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Creative and Design Route Review

The Institute regularly reviews apprenticeship standards to ensure they are high-quality, fit for purpose and deliver for employers and apprentices. We want to hear from you about how these standards are working and where we can make changes for the benefit of apprenticeships and T Levels. At the same time we are also asking for your views on the occupational map relating to the same route. This is because the maps will set out the technical education landscape now and in the future.

Major review of #apprenticeships across the Creative and Design sectors launched

Today (31 July) the Institute has launched a major review of apprenticeships across the Creative and Design sectors.

Hair and Beauty Route Review

The Institute regularly reviews apprenticeship standards to ensure they are high-quality, fit for purpose and deliver for employers and apprentices. We want to hear from you about how these standards are working and where we can make changes for the benefit of apprenticeships and T Levels. At the same time we are also asking for your views on the occupational map relating to the same route. This is because the maps will set out the technical education landscape now and in the future.

The Institute need feedback for Hair and Beauty #apprenticeship review

Today (29 July) the Institute has launched a review of the Hair and Beauty route.

Lean Manufacturing Operative

Reference Number: ST0420 Details of standard Apprenticeship level This Apprenticeship Standard is at Level 2

Plate welder

Reference Number: ST0852 Details of standard Occupation summary This occupation is found in a wide range of sectors associated with the Fabrication, Construction and upgrade of major capital plant items and facilities. This will include Structural Steel fabrication and construction (e.g. Buildings, Stadia, Bridges, Piers, Jetties etc.), Marine fabrication, construction and upgrade (Ships, Submarines, Wind Turbine Towers), Defence fabrication (armoured vehicles), Process Plant (structures and storage tanks), Engineering Construction (Lifting Beams, Cranes, Construction Vehicles etc.), Mining & Mineral Processing (Shuttering, Structural Supports, Wear Plates, Chutes, Mills, Pulverisers), Transport (Aerospace, Rail and Automotive), and Manufacturing of machinery & equipment. Plate Welders may be employed in any size of organisation from small companies to large multi-national organisations. The broad purpose of the occupation is to  manually  weld  plate  and  structural  components  to  high  standards  of  quality.  This  will  involve  fabrication,  construction  or  repair  of  fabricated  plate  assemblies,  extrusions  and  structural  components  (e.g.  Channel,  H-Beams,  I-Beams  etc.)  used  often  used  to  fabricate  larger  components  and  assemblies.  Plate  welders  will  weld  to  internationally  recognised  quality  standards  using  more  than  one  manual  arc  welding  process  from  Tungsten  Inert  Gas  (TIG),  Plasma  Arc  Welding  (PAW),  Manual  Metal  Arc  (MMA),  Metal  Inert  Gas  (MIG)/Metal  Active  Gas  (MAG)  and  Flux  Cored  Arc  Welding  (FCAW)  on  more  than  one  material  group  from  Carbon  Steel,  Low  Alloy  Steel,  High  Alloy  Ferritic/Martensitic  Steel,  Austenitic  Stainless  Steel,  Nickel  &  Nickel  Alloys,  Aluminium  &  Aluminium  alloys,  Titanium  &  Titanium  Alloys,  Copper  &  Copper  Alloys.  For  example,  a  Plate  Welder  might  use  Manual  Metal  Arc  (MMA)  and  Flux  Cored  Arc  Welding  (FCAW)  to  join    both  Carbon  Steel  and  Low  Alloy  Steel  materials.  The occupation requires production of  welds  in  plate  and  structural  components  covering  three  plate  welding  positions  which  must  include  Vertical  (either upward or downward progression) and Overhead,  and the three main joint configurations (Single or Double Sided Butt, Single or Double  Sided T-Butt & Fillet).  Each  welding  process  requiring  significantly  different  welding  equipment,  assemblies,  controls,  skills  and  techniques,  and  represents  an  individual  production  process.  Each  material  type  requires  specific  controls  and  techniques  to  achieve  a  satisfactory  weld.  Plate  welding  is  contributes  to  the  UK  economy  through  the  fabrication,  construction  and  upgrade  of  major  infrastructure  projects,  defence  assets  and  exported  goods.  Plate  welders  are  employed  by  the  supply  chain  organisations  or  the  direct  owner/operator.. In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a  wide  range  of  people  and  organisations  including  Platers,  Metal  Fabricators,  Erectors,  Riggers,  Stores  Operatives,  Supervisors,  Engineers,  Inspectors,  Non-Destructive  Technicians  and  Quality  personnel.  Plate  welders  may  need  to  work  shifts  and  flexible  work  patterns.  They  can  work  in  organisations  ranging  from  multi-national  organisations  to  very  small  businesses.  They  work  in  a  range  of  environments  across  the  world  including  Fabrication  Shops,  Assembly  Yards,  Construction/Building  Sites,  Factories  and  Operational  Facilities  requiring  maintenance  &  upgrade.  This  occupation  may  involve  working  at  height,  and  beside  or  over  water.  Plate welders’ work  will  be  regularly  assessed  to  ensure  continued  quality  of  welding  and  overall  integrity  of  the  component  being  welded,  as  specified  in  the  applicable  component  design  code.  This  could  include  visual  inspection,  non-destructive  testing  and  destructive  testing  of  production  test  pieces.. An employee in this occupation will be responsible for the safety, quality and accuracy of their own work whilst ensuring it conforms to a relevant plate welding specification. They work autonomously, or on occasion as part of a wider team, reporting to a workplace supervisor.

Accounts / finance assistant

Reference Number: ST0608 Details of standard Occupation: Accounts/Finance Assistant

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