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Head of lecturing invited to present at national training provider conference

March 22, 2017

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The head of lecturing at Clarkson Evans Training, an award-winning electrical apprenticeship training provider, has been invited to join a panel of experts discussing the implementation of the new Trailblazer apprenticeship standard for the electrical industry.

Nigel Farmer, who has been part of the lecturing team for almost 10 years, will join representatives from skills development organisations City & Guilds and EAL, at an industry training provider conference to share the company’s experience of introducing the new electro-technical apprenticeship standard which came about as part of the Trailblazer programme.

The JIB (Joint Industry Board) and ECS (Electrotechnical Certification Scheme) Training Provider Conference aims to bring college and training provider professionals up-to-date on electro-technical qualification and apprenticeship issues.

Nigel will form part of a panel that will allow training providers to question, debate and share ideas on how to deliver the new Trailblazer apprenticeships, considering what is working well and the challenges that need to be addressed.

Clarkson Evans Training, a sister company of Clarkson Evans, was among a handful of forward-thinking training providers who led the way in implementing the new Trailblazer standards, which are designed to offer employers more flexibility and to ensure apprenticeships are meeting the needs of industry.

Nigel, who used to run his own small electrical contracting business, is now using his skills to train the next generation of apprentices. At the conference, being held at the Arden Hotel in Solihull, he will explain how Clarkson Evans Training has seamlessly introduced the new standard and the benefits it has brought to electrical contracting at Clarkson Evans.

 “The new electro-technical apprenticeship standard is a more grown-up qualification which better meets the needs of the electrical industry. There is greater emphasis placed on the practical aspects of training to become an electrician, following a logical sequence of what apprentices need to know as they embark upon becoming fully qualified,” said Nigel, who leads a team of nine electrical lecturers.

Clarkson Evans Head of Lecturing gives talk at national training provider conference

“I hope that by hearing of our experience at Clarkson Evans other colleges and training providers will feel more confident about transferring to the new Trailblazer apprenticeship standard,” said Nigel.

Clarkson Evans Training has gone from strength-to-strength since Clarkson Evans decided to set up its own training college in 1998. Since then hundreds of apprentices have been trained at the company’s training headquarters in Staverton, Gloucestershire and at learning hubs in Bracknell, Exeter and Birmingham.

Due to the large numbers of apprentices in training at the company, there is a recruitment drive for more qualified electricians who may wish to use their existing skills and retrain as electrical lecturers.

Two former team leaders at Clarkson Evans, Andy Mott and Chris Roach, have already made the switch. Further information of lecturer vacancies can be found here.