Trailblazer standards in final phase

The Collision Repair Sector Trailblazer Group met at Thatcham last week when it was decided to create separate sub-committees to determine the assessment requirements and process of its three new single-skill apprenticeship standards.

The standards – Vehicle Damage MET Technician, Vehicle Damage Paint Technician; and Vehicle Damage Panel Technician – have all been approved by the government and are scheduled to go live in April.

The Trailblazer Group is now hoping to appoint specialists in each area to the relevant subcommittees to help it identify the key EPA (end-point assessment) requirements, both in terms of length and criteria.

Heading up the MET subcommittee is Thomas Hudd and Dean Lander, both of Thatcham, while Mark Rollings and Christine Maskell, both of NCR Bodyshops, lead the Paint subcommittee and David Reece and Dawn Swales of Nationwide will lead the Panel subcommittee.

However, the group is eager to represent employers and the wider industry, and is aiming to add specialists in training and assessment to the subcommittees in the coming weeks, ahead of further meetings in January.

Meanwhile, a fourth subcommittee has also been created to meet with The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) as well as the IMI and other training providers. Its purpose will be to begin the process of identifying assessors, while also looking at the different ways of assessment, such as online, practical demonstrations and via video.