Offering different routes into the profession is increasingly important as a means of promoting a  diverse workforce and CIEEM is pleased to be supporting the development of two new apprenticeships which we hope will become available to employers and potential apprentices in 2019.

Every apprenticeship needs a published standard (which sets out what the apprentices must know, understand and be able to do by the end of the apprenticeship) and an End Point Assessment Plan which sets out how the apprentice will be assessed to decide whether or not they have met the Standard and are awarded their apprenticeship. Standards and End Point Assessment Plans are developed by groups of employers to ensure that the apprenticeships will meet the needs of the employers and therefore be successful in terms of providing opportunities for apprentices.

CIEEM’s role is to support the work of the group, where appropriate, and to make sure that the standard and end point assessment map across to the Competency Framework so that successful apprentices can move smoothly into the next appropriate membership grade.

The Level 7 Ecologist Standard has been finalised and has now been published by the approving body, the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education. A Level 7 apprenticeship is aimed at graduates or those with graduate-level knowledge and understanding. The duration of the apprenticeship will typically be between 12 and 36 months and the apprentice will be effectively studying for a Masters degree as well as an apprenticeship. The Employers Group are now in the process of getting the End Point Assessment plan approved and training providers (including HEIs) lined up to be able to offer the training component of the apprenticeship to employers.

The Level 6 Environmental Practitioner Standard has been submitted for final approval and the End Point Assessment plan has also been submitted. This apprenticeship is broad in that it covers a range of environmental practitioner roles, including natural environment management, and consequently the Employers Group has been supported by a number of professional bodies including CIEEM, IES, IEMA and CIWEM. The duration of this apprenticeship will typically be 3-5 years as it effectively incorporates Levels 4 and 5 as well. The apprenticeship equates to an undergraduate environmental science / environmental management degree so candidates will be assessed for the degree award first before undertaking (if successful) their apprenticeship assessment.

Once these apprenticeships are underway CIEEM is also interested in developing a Level 7 apprenticeship for Environmental Manager and  Level 3 apprenticeships covering a range of ecological and environmental roles.