A pioneering apprenticeship in acoustics is planning to take its first intake of trainees later this year.
The Acoustics Technician Level 4 Apprenticeship has been developed as an employer-led, industry initiative, with support from the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) and the Institute of Acoustics (IOA).
It is hoped that the first students can start the apprenticeship in September, with work-based training, coupled with study.
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 are delighted that we are now in a position to welcome the first apprentices later this year.
“The new apprenticeship will help deliver the acousticians of the future, which are needed across a range of industries to meet demand.
“The apprentices will have a clear, defined career path and the programme will offer opportunities for diversity and inclusion within the acoustics industry.
“It will also bring benefits to the higher education sector, by acting as a feeder for degree courses, by acting as a feeder for degree and other courses.
“In the future, 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 too.”
The trailblazer group behind the new apprenticeship has produced a FAQ guide, to provide a reference point for those looking at taking on an apprentice, as well as anyone considering it as a career option.
Available to view at https://www.association-of-noise-consultants.co.uk/download/faqs-acoustics-technician-apprenticeship/ the information pulls together general insight and guidance on the Acoustics Technician Apprenticeship for applicants and employers.
It also includes details of the Apprenticeship Levy, recruitment advice and details of the structure and format of the training programme.