Monthly Archives: June 2020

New guidance launched for acoustics apprenticeship

The trailblazer group behind a pioneering apprenticeship in acoustics has brought together the latest information, to signpost potential employers and candidates to the programme.


Available to view at the information pulls together general insight and guidance on the Acoustics Technician Apprenticeship in a FAQ format.


It includes details of the Apprenticeship Levy, recruitment advice and details of the structure and format of the training programme.


The Acoustics Technician Level 4 Apprenticeship, launched in January 2020, has been developed as an employer-led, industry initiative, with support from the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) and the Institute of Acoustics (IOA).


Richard Grove, Acoustics Director at BDP, is Chairman of the working group which has developed the apprenticeship.


He said: “We have had a great deal of interest in the programme, and together the trailblazer group has pooled together the answers to the questions we are often most asked, to provide a reference point for those looking at taking on an apprentice, as well as anyone considering it as a career option.


“The new apprenticeship will help deliver the acousticians of the future, which are needed across a range of industries to meet demand.


“It will also bring benefits to the higher education sector, by acting as a feeder for degree courses, either under the apprenticeship route, or as a sponsored degree by a company.


“Currently London South Bank University and Southampton Solent University are interested in providing the apprenticeship.


“It is hoped that as more employers show support for the scheme, other education providers will be able to offer the training for this apprenticeship in the future.”


In the run-up to the official launch of the Acoustics Technician Apprenticeship, the trailblazer group – which includes members of both the ANC and IOA – were presented with the Armstrong Next Generation Award at the John Connell Awards.


Organised by the Noise Abatement Society, the award was made last year for the group’s work in promoting and facilitating entry to the acoustics profession, as the apprenticeship programme started to take shape.


Richard Grove added: “Apprentices will have a clear, defined career path and the programme will offer opportunities for diversity and inclusion within the acoustics industry.”


More details about the apprenticeship standard can be found at;

Site Suitability Indicator (SSI) For New Residential Development

Member company, Noise Consultants Limited has developed a Site Suitability Indicator (SSI) which brings together strategic noise mapping data in England as prepared by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) with the Initial Risk Assessment approach as advocated in ProPG.


Freely available, the SSI aims to help provide noise practitioners, developers and Local Planning Authorities with an initial understanding of the suitability of a site in England for new residential development from a noise perspective. The SSI has been prepared in consultation with Defra, and has been supported by Acustica Limited.