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Vehicle damage paint technician

Reference Number: ST0448 Details of standard Typical Job Titles: Painters, Vehicle Paint Sprayer, Paint Technician, Prepper/Painter, Refinish Technician, Car Sprayer, Applications Technician,

Wireless communications rigger

Reference Number: ST0616 Details of standard The Wireless Communications Rigger is a key member of the field-based wireless rigging team supporting the UK’s cellular network and its infrastructure. Comfortable working at height and outdoors in a physically-demanding role, Wireless Communications Riggers will be at the forefront of the nationwide roll-out of the 5G network whilst actively maintaining the existing 2G, 3G and 4G networks.

Community safety advisor

Reference Number: ST0593 Details of standard Occupational Profile A Community Safety Advisor works within local communities providing life-improving advice, guidance and interventions that support people to remain safe and reduce from risks of harm such as fire, falls, crime or due to the circumstances in which the individual is living. A Community Safety Advisor will be part of a multi-agency team working in partnership with a wide range of organisations that provide support to the community. Potential organisations you could be working for may include the emergency services, NHS and/or local authorities.  Community Safety Advisors work in a wide range of different environments such as; homes, education centres, public buildings and at events.  A Community Safety Advisor needs to have a good understanding of the communities in which they work and be able to engage with all members of that community. Their role is to raise awareness of specific issues relevant to the community, help reduce and minimise these risks, and provide appropriate and effective interventions to address these. Interventions could include brief advice, screening, signposting, fitting risk reduction equipment, advocacy, promoting self-help and providing literature and information.  It is also important that they promote equality and diversity in their role.  The focus of the role will be dependent on the organisation in which the Community Safety Advisor is employed, national and local policy and priorities and the make up of the local community.

Chartered town planner (degree)

Reference Number: ST0536 Details of standard Chartered Town Planners are professionals who work to achieve sustainable development.  This means they shape the towns, cities or villages we live in by balancing the needs of people and business for homes, jobs, local facilities and open spaces with impacts on the wider environment. Chartered Town Planners therefore deal with official regulations, policy documents and masterplans for changing, improving, reusing or conserving buildings and sites and advise their customers and clients on how best to manage the development and use of land.  Jobs are available in local and national government, private consultancies, corporate firms, voluntary and non-governmental organisations. Chartered Town Planners can work for one of these organisations or themselves across many sectors including construction, environment, housing, energy, transport, regeneration, coastal, heritage and conservation, and minerals and waste.  Typical job titles include Planning Officer, Town Planner, Planner, Development Management Planner and Planning Consultant. Career progression can be to Senior Planner, Principal Planning Officer, or similar and will involve dealing with larger, more complex projects and taking on increasing managerial responsibiliites.

Psychological wellbeing practitioner

Reference Number: ST0568 Details of standard Occupation summary This occupation is found in in the public sector within the NHS England Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative, which is a world leading programme in psychological healthcare. This is an exciting role where practitioners make a difference to people’s lives. Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWP) delivers the service from different venues for example GP surgeries, community healthcare settings and other community based venues, such as job centres.. The broad purpose of the occupation is for PWPs to interact with adult patients in primary care, across a number of different services and variety of environments including being able to practice in diverse cultures. PWPs offer assessments for mild to severe common mental health problems, undertaking assessment of risk and making of safeguarding referrals. They offer evidence based interventions to patients with mild to moderate anxiety and depression as well as other common mental health problems determined by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)*1, the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)*2 manual. PWPs operate within a stepped care service delivery model which operates on the principle of offering the least intrusive effective psychological treatment in the first instance, patients can then be ‘stepped up’ to a more intensive treatment if required. The treatment aids clinical improvement and social inclusion, such as a return to work, meaningful activity or physical wellbeing and is delivered through a variety of methods including individual work courses and group work, which can be via face-to-face, telephone, email or other contact methods including digital platforms.

Materials process engineer (Degree)

Reference Number: ST0659 Details of standard Occupation summary This occupation is found in a wide variety of Thermal Process related fields including Casting, Forging, Machining, Coating, Heat treatment and Surface Finishing processes. These specialist areas are also found in a wide range of industries where materials and their processes are fundamental to the technology . Industries as diverse as Medical, Defence, Energy, Oil and Gas, Aerospace and Nuclear all incorporate the skills of Materials Process Engineers. The broad purpose of the occupation is to perform a role which is unique to the materials/manufacturing community, controlling and managing the complex manufacturing processes and support services that are applied to products for the automotive, aerospace, medical, energy and construction sectors. They do this by collecting and organising all the information needed to understand the whole problem, exploring it from all angles, and then finding the most appropriate solution for integration into a sustainable product life cycle. A Materials Process Engineer might typically work in either the problem definition or solution provider environments, making critical decisions in the process and utilities to produce high-quality, cost-effective parts and systems, then testing and accepting the designed solutions. They provide essential support to their associated businesses providing guidance and leadership in improving company metrics of quality, delivery, new product introduction and support key financial and business decisions.. In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with all departments within the companies they work for and at a range of levels within the departments depending on the project in which they are engaged. Their main focus will be with the Engineering team and they will also have  strong links in support of the Operations team. However to fulfil many of the projects, links to finance, supply chain and customer support will be a day to day occurrence and as the activities broaden there will be strong communication to the wider external customer base both in a sales support activity and during technical project discussions. An employee in this occupation will be responsible for implementing new products and processes and for many cost reduction and process improvement initiatives. They have direct responsibility for defining the methods of manufacture of complex engineering systems and the asset base and services which are used to produce high value manufactured products. In many cases weekly and monthly reports will be required at both team level and to senior members of the company.

Vehicle damage panel technician

Reference Number: ST0403 Details of standard Names of typical job titles: Panel Beater, Panel Technician, Body Repairer

Vehicle damage mechanical, electrical and trim (MET) technician

Reference Number: ST0405 Details of standard Names of typical job titles: Bodyshop Mechanic, Stripper/Fitters, MET Technician, Bodyshop Technician, Body Fitter

The Quality Strategy for apprenticeships

Quality Strategy Best practice statements March 2019 The Quality Strategy sets out best practice expectations before, during, and after apprenticeships. The Strategy has been developed by regulatory bodies, concerned with ensuring apprenticeship quality, that have come together to create the Quality Alliance.

Institute invites Awarding Organisations to bid for new T Levels

The Institute is pleased to issue its Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the second wave of T Levels, which will be taught from September 2021 onwards.

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Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

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