Department for Business, Innovation & Skills approves development of Smart Home apprenticeship

posted on Friday, 30th September 2016 by Steve May

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The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has approved the development of a Smart Home Technician Apprenticeship standard. Designed to encourage young professionals to enter the home technology industry, and develop a career within this sector.

Since 2013, the government has welcomed employer groups, dubbed Trailblazers, to put forward suggestions for new apprenticeship schemes. Trailblazer groups typically comprise of 10 or more employers who gather and develop an apprenticeship standard for their industry. As a response to the growing shortage of young skilled and qualified engineers entering the home technology industry, 10 CEDIA members formed a trailblazer group to create a Smart Home Technician Apprenticeship standard.

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“Apprenticeships offer young people a ladder of opportunity to gain the vital skills they and businesses need to succeed. By putting more control in the hands of employers, we are ensuring apprenticeships are high quality and address skills shortages facing industry,” commented Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills Robert Halfon.  “Congratulations to the Smart Home Technician Trailblazer group for being approved to develop their apprenticeship standard, and for playing an active role in developing the workforce of the future.”

“The development of a Smart Home Technician apprenticeship standard is a major step forward for our industry.” says Aneta Armova-Levin, Education Manager at CEDIA EMEA. “We believe this initiative will attract new people into our industry.  Once the standard is available, any industry employer will be able to hire an apprentice, send him or her for training, and will receive funding from the government in return.”

For more information on CEDIA education, please visit www.cediaeducation.com. For more stories about the work and services offered by CEDIA, visit our resource page here

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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