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Apprenticeships in Composite Materials

Trailblazer Apprenticeship – Composite Technician


The new Composite Technician L3 apprenticeship was launched in September 2017.    The modular training was developed by an Industrial Steering Group of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) offering employers a new and valuable tool in how they can attract, train and develop talent within their businesses and is set to make a significant contribution in addressing the skills shortages in Composites using industries.

The Industrial Steering Group has developed the content of a new BTEC qualification with support from awarding body, Pearsons. The apprenticeship is underway with colleges and training providers delivering the content of the BTec and the training elements of the NVQ .

Having eight mandatory units, which include materials, processes, design and defect detection, the training programme has been designed to provide the apprentice with a broad understanding of all elements of composites manufacture. This will enable cross-industry movement of people in the future. In addition, there are 10 optional units which enable the trainee to focus on specific areas and gain a deeper understanding in the specific operations the company requires. The number of the optional units will be increased as industry demand dictates and new processes and materials are developed.           

If you would like more information about which colleges are offering the apprenticeship in 2017/18, please contact Brian Thornton, Program Coordinator, at the National Composites Centre on or visit:                                                         


Apprenticeship Grants

There are grants of up to £1,500 available to businesses with less than 50 employees who take on an apprentice aged between 16 and 24 years old.


Apprenticeship Levy

The Apprenticeship levy will be introduced in April 2017.  It will be payable on annual wage bills of more than £3 million.  Only 2% of UK employers will be required to pay the Levy.  All employers will have access to funding for Apprenticeship training through the levy. 

For details on paying the levy and how to spend your funds click here

BIS has issued guidance on what this means - access the guidance here.


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