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SIAC and OBT developing behaviours

The Science Industry Apprenticeship Consortium – North East (SIAC-NE) is a group of like-minded science industry employers in the Tees Valley led by Craig Hargreaves of SABIC UK Petrochemicals. The group was set up to implement revised apprenticeship training programmes based on the Trailblazer Standards and employer-led government reform. Craig, who until recently chaired the Trailblazer group recognised an opportunity to make changes to the delivery of apprenticeships and was particularly keen to include the behavior’s which are now part of the science industry apprenticeship standards.

Craig said “Having recognised that behavior’s are important in our highly regulated industry it is vital that we introduce the apprentices to these early on in their career and training. I have worked with The Outward Bound Trust on several projects and recognised they are well placed to use experiential learning to introduce the industry behavior’s in a  safe but challenging outdoor environment. By introducing these behavior’s early, we can then help apprentices develop them further in their apprenticeship. This not only helps their employer but also the apprentice directly as this is an important and mandatory part of their apprenticeship assessment”  

Craig added “The first programme at the Outward Bound Trust in Eskdale was run between 14th and 18th December 2015. 39 apprentices were at the event which was also attended by many of the employers in the SAIC-NE group. Initial feedback suggests that all the apprentices now have an understanding of the required behavior’s. It is now up to the consortium of employers or the employers on their own to develop these behavior’s to the level required by our industry. This will be done throughout the remainder of their apprenticeship”.

You can find out more about behaviours evaluation in About Assessment.

Above. The first cohort of Apprentices relaxing after they have successfully tackled the week-long Outward Bound Trust programme.