Help shape the future of the photographer apprenticeship standard

Apprenticeship programmes provide proven benefits to both employers and apprentices. They equip apprentices with the skills needed for a successful career and are a genuine alternative to going to university. Apprenticeships also offer apprentices the opportunity to combine an apprenticeship with higher education. Apprenticeships provide employers with a highly efficient and effective means of developing the skills of their workforce.

The Richard Review into apprenticeship provision found there were key areas of the programmes where significant improvements could be made to make them more rigorous and responsive to the needs of employers which would, in turn, help to drive growth in the number of apprenticeships.

The key measures aim to:

  • Put employers in the driving seat – Apprenticeships will be based on standards designed by employers, making them more relevant and therefore more attractive to existing and new employers.
  • Increase the quality of apprenticeships – An apprentice will need to demonstrate their competence through rigorous and holistic assessment. This will focus on the end of the apprenticeship to ensure that the apprentice is ready to progress.
  • Simplify the system – The new employer-designed standards will be short and easy to understand. They will describe the knowledge, skills and behaviour (KSBs) that an individual needs to be fully competent in an occupation.
  • Give employers purchasing power – Putting the control of government funding for the external training of apprentices in the hands of employers, to empower businesses to act as customers, driving up the quality and relevance of training.

We need your help 

The Trailblazer Group is seeking views from people working in the photographic industry to compile a set of standards which meet the practical needs of industry.  You can therefore influence the future of photographic training by completing the following questionnaire by 28 February 2017:

Click here to contribute to the future of photographic training

Want to be a part of the Photographer Trailblazer Group?

Employers working together (Trailblazer Groups) design the standards and assessment plans for apprenticeships. They are a key feature of the new system, as it leads to apprenticeships that are higher quality and more relevant to industry. The Photographer Trailblazer Group is in an embryonic stage of development; however the group has passed its first milestone of gaining government approval to move forward with producing those standards.

If you would like to become actively involved in the group or would like more information please contact the Photographer Trailblazer Group Chairman Frank Tomlinson FBIPP at There is no commitment to you or your business.


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