Trailblazer Apprentice Standard Consultation

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The UK will be one of the most competitive market places for energy managers’ skills in the next 5-7 years, as British businesses start to see the rise in the cost of energy as a priority.

Many companies in the UK either have no energy managers in place or have outsourced energy management skillsets, and therefore have reduced ability to manage their own energy consumption.

In-house skills in energy management will lead to long term savings for companies. There is a major shortage of trained energy managers and this apprenticeship will help to address the need for basic in-house energy management skills which can benefit many organisations.

Energy Managers often work in fields such as facilities management, property or sustainability. Such broad fields offer a specialised skillsets in a wide range of vocations.

Junior Energy Managers perform an essential role in supporting their company or organisation in meeting energy reduction objectives and targets within the context of wider sustainability commitments such as carbon and water management and corporate social responsibility. They need to be technically aware, numerate, have good communication skills both with senior management and energy end-users – and to be keen to broaden and continually improve their existing knowledge of energy management core topics.

Energy management is itself a specialist profession and increasingly, at a senior level, energy managers undertake a key strategic role in the influencing of senior management and setting the energy policy for organisation.

Employers will set the entry requirements for their apprenticeships but apprenticeship candidates will normally have a minimum of 3 GCSEs at grades A* to C (including mathematics, English), or equivalent qualifications such as: IGCSEs, Scottish Standard Grade, 14-19 Diploma, BTEC/NVQs. Apprentices without English or Maths GCSE at grade A* to C or equivalent must achieve this prior to the completion of the Apprenticeship.

It is anticipated that the Apprenticeship will typically last a minimum of 24 months but this may be extended if required.

Apprenticeships are an increasingly important part of the UK’s long term plan for improved workforce development and enhanced productivity. They have the potential to make an even greater impact in future. To achieve this, we need to raise the standard of Junior Energy Manager Apprentices to the level of the best by making them more rigorous and more responsive to the needs of employers.

The EMA has worked with a number of employers and trade bodies on developing and editing Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard for a Junior Energy Manager.

As part of the process we want to consult as widely as possible within the industry to make sure that this Standard meets the industry needs.

Please give a few minutes of your busy time to help us to raise the standard of Junior Energy Manager Apprenticeship by taking our consultation questionnaire here