The first ever degree-level apprenticeship to train Environmental Practitioners in England has been launched at WSP.
The Level 6 Environmental Practitioner degree apprenticeship is a new route into the profession that combines academic education with practical experience to equip future employees. Employers in England are now able to recruit candidates to start the programme this autumn.
Under the apprenticeship, developed by the Environmental Practitioner Apprenticeship Trailblazer Employer Group, with the support of the Technical Apprenticeship Consortium (TAC), apprentices will be able to earn a salary from an employer while completing a professionally accredited degree qualification in environmental sciences (or similar), and through the End Point Assessment process, be eligible to gain professional registration status through a range of environmental professional bodies licence by the Society for the Environment.
Louise Beamish, Head of Acoustics, WSP and Chair of the Trailblazer Group, said:
The launch of this degree apprenticeship marks a hugely significant milestone for the environmental industry and we are thrilled to have been involved in the development of the apprenticeship from the beginning. We very much hope this will become a primary route to an Environmental degree whilst gaining valuable vocational skills.
Apprentices will develop the vital knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to proactively manage environmental projects and their impact in urban and rural areas, and through infrastructure programmes, whilst being able to balance social, economic, engineering and environmental issues.
The time needed to complete the apprenticeship can vary, but it is typically completed within four to six years.