Trailblazer Standard

Abstract buildingLATEST UPDATE

Trailblazer End Point Assessment Plan Re-Submitted September 2019

The Employer Group is pleased to announce that the End Point Assessment Plan for the BEMS Controls Engineer Trailblazer was re-submitted in September 2019. This revised proposal will now be assessed by the Institute for Apprenticeships Route Panel some time in October and their decision should be advised to us early November.

Therefore it is now more likely that this Trailblazer will be launched early in 2020. However work is continuing with the development of additional training courses to meet the skills gaps and we therefore recommend that you carry on training new recruits as per the recommended Training Plan. Then once the Trailblazer goes ‘live’ and a Lead Training Provider is appointed any existing trainees can migrate over to the new apprenticeship through an ‘Accredited Prior Learning’ route.

We are also still 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 and hope that these we’ll be able to go ‘live’ in 2019 so watch this space !

As usual we welcome your contributions to this process so please come along to the next Members Meeting on November 6th to have your say as your contributions are invaluable.

For further detail on the Trailblazer please check the documentation published on the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) website. For further information click here.

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.