The development of the apprenticeship standard was initiated at SAFed, and developed by members, with Zurich playing an instrumental role in its progression.
The level-four qualification provides a two-year scheme starting in January 2022, and applications closed in early October.
Zurich’s apprentices will get the opportunity to learn in their roles, developing their skills while studying for a qualification. Candidates will be supported by a mentor throughout.
Zurich says that its engineering inspection is an essential service that is provided to customers to help keep them, and in many cases their customers safe. Millions of these specialist examinations are carried out each year on equipment and machinery to ensure that it is safe for continued use.
Mark Stephenson, Zurich Engineering training manager, says:
“Every part of the programme is relevant to the role of the engineer surveyor and focuses on not only technical competence, but also professionalism, planning and organisation.
“This apprenticeship scheme will not only provide new opportunities to attract new and diverse talent into the industry, but it also will shape their learning in a structured way that will lead to competence and confidence on the job.”
Caroline Hamilton, chief executive of the Safety Assessment Federation said:
“SAFed is proud to be the programme sponsor for the Engineer Surveying apprenticeship. The aim with the apprentice scheme is, as per any SAFed technical work, to bring together the industry as one. As such, we seek relevancy and most importantly consistency in the academic content, such that a robust level of learning and development is available in the engineering inspection sector.”
Zurich’s UK apprenticeship programme has delivered over 300 apprenticeships over the past four years.