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MP-Futures and MPA secure Phase 3 support for Trailblazers

Anthony Elgey

Positive outcome secured bringing further benefits to future generations of the mineral products industry

MP-Futures have announced that the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has confirmed mineral products sector inclusion in Phase 3 of the apprenticeship Trailblazers programme.

Having initially been rejected, MP-Futures manager Anthony Elgey, with significant support from the Mineral Products Association (MPA), challenged the decision and secured a positive outcome, bringing further benefits to future generations of the industry.

Some compromises have been made, including proceeding without a dedicated relationship manager from BIS, who would normally provide assistance and guidance through the process.

MP-Futures is also working to a tight deadline of producing the apprenticeship by 13 February 2015. However, despite this, the organization will push forward to maximize the important opportunity available to the sector.

To meet the fixed deadline, work will be undertaken on a single apprenticeship occupation to start the sector’s progression on the Trailblazers route. MP-Futures will then look to expand and develop the programme further following on from the success of the initial project.

‘It is vital that the consultation process involves mineral products sector employers of all sizes, so we are calling on your support during the development process,’ said Mr Elgey (pictured).

‘Your involvement will extend to periodic communications or invites to working group meetings. Although these will be kept to a minimum wherever possible, to meet the tight deadline and taking into account the Christmas period, timely responses will be required.

‘Your support on this new initiative is more important the ever; you will be playing an active role in ensuring we have the routes in place to employ the next generations into our industry.’

Any employers able to assist should contact Anthony Elgey on: 07825 294 009; or email: [email protected], as soon as possible.

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