The BiKBBI has reported that following its efforts to raise awareness of its work with strategic partners at The Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (FIESTA) and specialist End Point Assessment agency Achieve + Partners to support a Trailblazer group for the review of the current Level 2 Fitted Interiors Apprenticeship, over 600 businesses have registered their support for installer apprenticeships. They have been able to do this via the BiKBBI's online registration of interest, with nearly 100 of them volunteering to be part of the Trailblazer group itself.
“Despite challenging times for the country, it’s clear that the industry has responded well to our call to action," said BiKBBI CEO Damian Walters. "As well as some of the national brands, including John Lewis & Partners, B&Q, Sharpes Bedrooms and Howdens, we’ve seen scores of independent businesses step up and show support for apprenticeships.”
The BiKBBI has spent the last two years working in partnership with South Essex College and Prospects College of Advanced Technology to develop and deliver the Level 2 apprenticeship, and Damian Walters confirmed last month that the organisation plans to replicate the successes of the trial with training providers across the country. The BiKBBI said that the Trailblazer for the review represents an opportunity for the industry to ensure the apprenticeship is both continued and developed for future use.