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ACRIB calls for summit to sort out future demands

The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB) is set to host an industry wide forum to discuss the future training needs of the RAC and heat pumps sectors.

Aimed at ensuring apprenticeship qualifications keep up with changing demands, the workshop is designed to move beyond the limitations of the content of current standards, criteria, and assessments to find a way forward “which will achieve a good foundation for competence for those entering the industry”.

Miriam Rodway, secretary of ACRIB, said: “As a result of strong views expressed from all sides over the past few years about the current apprenticeship qualifications for rac and heat pumps, ACRIB has taken the initiative of calling a review forum.”

The ACRIB Forum, to be held on 27 November, will involve all of the key parties from employers, manufacturers, training providers, representatives of trade associations and qualification developers.

Ms Rodway said: “This is a particularly critical time for the qualification development and review process as we prepare for new requirements under a revised F-Gas Regulation and qualifications standards developers are in the middle of a framework and standards review for our sector.

“The aim of the day is to agree what employers want from the next set of RACHP qualifications, with relevant advice from training advisers and specialists on how this could be achieved, and within the constraints of government skills policy.”

The outcomes from the forum will include an industry consensus on the nature of the core skills and foundation knowledge to be delivered in future, and how best to prepare trainees for their career.

Cedric Sloan, FETA director general, said: “BRA is entirely behind this important event, as it will set the qualification standard for the industry. By holding an inclusive workshop at this critical time for the development of NOS, ACRIB is ensuring that a wide range of stakeholders – particularly employers – have a say in how their staff will be trained in the coming years.”

Qualification providers are being invited to make sure that these recommendations form the basis of the next generation of RACHP qualifications and apprenticeships.

Contact Miriam Rodway, ACRIB secretary at acrib@acrib.org.uk for details.

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