Trailblazer Working Group holds inaugural meeting

A Trailblazer Working Group (TWG) to develop the apprenticeship standard for the Lifting Industry has been assembled by Baz Trewhella, Project Specialist at the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), following an intensive consultation campaign. 

The TWG met for the first time on Wednesday 14 November 2018 during LiftEx 2018.

The group comprised employers representing a variety of fields within the lifting industry – from oil and gas to the entertainment industry – with each member bringing their own skills, experience and knowledge to the table. 

Despite their varying approaches they all identified common challenges, which primarily include a maturing work force and a general skills shortage.

The creation of an occupational standard apprenticeship will play a crucial role in addressing both of these issues and to attract and maintain a new and much needed pool of talent.

Throughout the meeting, Sarah Walker a Relationship Manager for the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA), provided insights into the procedures for creating an apprenticeship standard. 

The TWG immediately demonstrated an outward facing approach by providing an opportunity for Mark Stephenson of Allianz UK to share his experience and know-how in apprenticeship development with the rest of the group.

Luke Francis of SWL was appointed Chair of the TWG and, together with the other members, will attend several workshops hosted by the IfA in January and February.

The TWG comprises a wide range of personnel with an equally considerable level of skill, knowledge and experience from fields within the lifting industry: 

Mr Luke Francis                                   SWL (Chair of the TWG)

Mr Doug Price                                     Rigging Services

Ms Kat Moss                                        Catena Inspections and Engineering Services

Mr Dave King                                       Lift Turn Move

Mr Paul Harrison                                GAP Group

Mr Mark Stephenson                        Allianz UK

Mr Stuart Martin                                MOD (Army)

Mr Ian Shaw                                        Certex

Mr Alan Crisp                                      Calibration Engineers Services

Mr Damion Jones                               Southern Cranes

Mr Marcus Curry                                GT Lifting Gear  

Mr Phil Cameron                                First Integrated

Mr Oliver Auston                                Checkmate.