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Chubb Helps Build a New Generation of UK Engineers

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With the recent National Apprenticeship Week, Chubb is playing a lead role in determining new Apprenticeship standards and assessment criteria for The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills Trailblazer initiative.​

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Apprentices pictured at a recent training session during their three-year course.

​​With the recent National Apprenticeship Week, Chubb is playing a lead role in determining new Apprenticeship standards and assessment criteria for The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills Trailblazer initiative.

Including more than 1,000 employers from 70 different industries, the government-led Trailblazer initiative is designed to create a definitive list of the skills, knowledge and behaviours that employers would expect from qualified apprentices. It also aims to further the reputation of apprenticeships so they are perceived with the same level of esteem as a university degree.

The new apprenticeships will be based on outcomes rather than qualifications and feature an assessment at the end of the program with streamlined criteria.

Currently, Chubb has 48 apprentices working at 21 branches nationwide. Over the past 20 years, Chubb has retained more than 40 percent of its apprentices, placing them into full-time jobs.

"At Chubb, our employees have the potential for a lifelong career so we have a responsibility to ensure there is a pipeline of qualified, competent and engaged engineers and potential managers coming into the industry," said David Millett, head of learning & development at Chubb. "We have welcomed this initiative as it gives us the ability to refresh engineering skills and knowledge with the latest industry training. It will help us instill Chubb values at the earliest opportunity and will afford us a higher quality of work with a clear return on investment."

Chubb offers two apprenticeship tracks: a three-year Chubb Fire & Security apprenticeship to earn Level 3 qualifications and a four-year Chubb Systems apprenticeship to earn Level 4 qualifications.

​Following the submission of the new standards on June 5, 2015, assessment plans will be agreed by Oct. 2, 2015 with implementation to begin in 2016. It is expected that the current framework-based apprenticeships will not be funded for the calendar year 2017/18.