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New Apprenticeship Standards are being developed by employer-led Trailblazers, following the October 2013 Government announcement to reform Apprenticeships so that they are more rigorous and responsive to the needs of employers.

The Trailblazers are made up of leading large and small employers and professional bodies, in a wide range of sectors. These employers have been collaborating to design Apprenticeships for occupations within their sector. The standards they have designed will be the basis for new Apprenticeships in England.

Apprenticeship Standards that are currently in development are:

Mobile and static plant operations Ready for Apprenticeship starts

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Weighbridge operations Standard approved, assessment plan in progress  
Drilling and blasting operations On Hold  
Mineral and construction product sampling and testing operations Working group developed first draft standard

Draft standard available for consultation

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Specialist rescue operative Working group developing standard  

Draft standard available for consultation

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Mineral Processing Plant Engineer Seeking employer support  

For any standard out for consultation, please download the documents and feedback your comments via the details on the Contact us page

The chair of the apprenticeship employer working group is Nicola Wood, Learning and Development Manager at the Breedon Group.

Some of the Employers participating in the development of the new sector specific standards are:

Aggregate Industries

Banner Contracts

Banks Group

Breedon Group



Day Group

FCC Envirinmental


Hanson UK

Hope Cement

Tarmac (CRH)




United Asphalt Limited


BAM Ritchies


Cleveland Potash

Compass Minerals


Francis Flower

Grafton Group

Hargreaves Production Surfacing Mining

Hills Group

Institute of Quarrying


Long Water Gravel


Myers Group

University of Derby