Trailblazer Standard

Abstract buildingLATEST UPDATE

Trailblazer End Point Assessment Plan Submitted April 2019 – Awaiting Decision

The Employer Group is pleased to announce that the End Point Assessment (EPA) Plan for the BEMS Controls Engineer Trailblazer was submitted on 03 April 2019. Many thanks go to all of those who participated in this mammoth process and particularly to the two training providers (JTL and PETA Ltd) who assisted us by providing a quotation to help with the allocation of our funding band.

We have now received feedback from the Institute for Apprenticeships. They have identified some issues which require clarification and have requested some more information regarding the grading criteria before the plan can progress to their Route Panel. We will work on this before re-submitting the plan by the next submission date of 15 May 2019.

In the meantime, we are still gearing up for the Trailblazer to be launched in September 2019 so work now needs to carry on with the development of additional training courses to meet the skills gaps. We are also in advanced talks with the ECS to ensure that appropriate skill cards are incorporated into their scheme for the new wave of BEMS Controls Engineers.

If you haven’t been involved yet but would like to then please email Wendy Belfield who can update you on how you can contribute to the next phase.

BEMS Controls Engineer TrailblazerPresentation and training in business office

The challenge of developing BEMS Control Engineers in sufficient numbers and quality for the industry, is one that the wide variety of BCIA employer members have been pondering since the association’s formation (in its current form) in 2004. Many inroads have been made during this period from the BCIA’s formation and many more developments are in the pipeline. The main focus at present is to achieve full professional recognition for BEMS Control Engineers and this will primarily involve the completion of a BEMS Trailblazer Apprenticeship standard (required as part of the government’s overhaul of the old apprenticeship scheme). In case you are not aware, an apprenticeship standard is an ‘approved pathway’. It outlines what a ‘trainee’ could be doing, and the skills they need to become a BEMS Control Engineer but it is much broader than the traditional apprenticeship course used to be and can include a whole range of other appropriate areas of study (not just at a college and can include professional courses). It should therefore allow potential recruits (of all ages and skill levels) from all backgrounds (from within and outside the industry) to access this route and the Government funding associated with it.


In order to be involved in the Trailblazer process an employer-led Trailblazer Group has to be formed and the BCIA has facilitated this by putting BEMS employers in touch with one another. A group has now been formed which meets the ‘Trailblazer Group’ criteria but new members are always needed so if you would like to be involved please email either of the Trailblazer Co-Chairs: Wendy Belfield of InTandem Systems and Gary Smith of Global Associates.

Trailblazer groups should:
Have a wide range of employers who are committed to working actively on the development of a new apprenticeship standard, and intend to use the apprenticeship standard once it has been approved for delivery; Have at least 10 different employers as members (in addition to any professional bodies or trade associations who want to be involved); Reflect the range of companies which employ people in this occupation – including size, geographical spread and sector. Any trailblazer group should normally include at least two employers with fewer than 50 employees. Even if you are unable to commit to the use of the new Apprenticeship Standard at this stage we would still encourage you to support the Trailblazer Group and input your knowledge and expertise by making contact.