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The Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance – FIESTA – of which Achieve+Partners is a strategic partner, is delighted to announce it is one of nine organisations representing employers across the manufacturing sector which are participating in a new partnership between industry and Government to grow the number of high-quality apprenticeships in the manufacturing sector.

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Covid has created unprecedented challenges for the manufacturing sector, not least on employers’ plans for hiring apprentices and training the existing workforce. The Department for Education has started to build new partnerships between industry and government with the aim of challenging and addressing these barriers. AiM will strengthen this partnership through committed, skills-focused organisations working collaboratively.

On the 8th February, the Minister for Skills, Alex Burghart MP officially announced the launch of the new initiative, Apprenticeships in Manufacturing (AiM). He said:“The group has my full support in its vital agenda to grow the number of high-quality apprenticeships, the opportunities for young people, the number of manufacturing SMEs offering apprenticeships, and apprenticeships in new and Net Zero sectors.”

AiM is to be chaired by Anita Davenport-Brooks of the Lander Group, who said:“I am excited and honoured to be part of the AiM Group and look forward to working with the members to grow the number of high-quality apprenticeships in the manufacturing sector.  I believe that apprenticeships bring a valuable return on investment, not only financially but in every area of any business and I am passionate about the benefits they bring for individuals too. I have seen apprentices with differing abilities grow, develop and obtain substantive roles and there is common agreement that apprenticeships develop sustainable talent. I want to see AiM achieving on its objectives and growing more of this wonderful skilled talent for our sector.”

NBF Executive Director and memner of FIESTA Jessica Alexander added: “I’m pleased to see FIESTA being an integral part of this new partnership and have high hopes it will aid us in our aim to secure our industry for the future by developing a committed skilled workforce for the future. We all desperately need to raise awareness of the many opportunities and attractions of working in the furniture and interiors sector: it’s both creative and hands-on, with a proud tradition of craftsmanship, as well as innovative and modern, with exciting prospects as it moves towards a new era of sustainable principles.”

Aside from FIESTA, the other eight members of AiM are: Cogent Skills, Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA), Enginuity, Food and Drink Federation (FDF), Make UK, National Skills Academy for Food and Drink (NSAFD), UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) and the UK Metals Council (UKMC)

The group has close links with the National Manufacturing Skills Taskforce and is supported by the Department for Education, BEIS, DEFRA, DWP and the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

Employers who are considering starting or expanding apprenticeships for their business, can find out more at www.apprenticeships.gov.uk.

We would like to announce that Achieve+Partners have signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant.

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not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives. This includes offering injured servicemen and women and bereaved families extra support where appropriate.

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Achieve+Partners has signed up to the Covenant as we recognise the commitment the personnel within the Armed Forces, past and present, have and continue to give and we wish to support them in any way we can.

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Achieve+Partners are now members of the Cross-industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force (CCATF).  Achieve+Partners will be supporting the CCATF in their mission to champion the ethos and culture of training within the construction industry by working with industry peers and stakeholders; to encourage those not training to do so and those that train to do more by promoting the benefits and value that an apprentice can bring to an employer.

We have signed up to the following CCATF charter

All members shall;

For more information on CCATF and the work they are doing please visit their website.

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The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) is the latest trade association to join the Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (FIESTA), ensuring that a voice for the training requirements of installers is represented in the body.

Founded in 2017, FIESTA brings together the key trade associations and affiliates from across the furniture and interiors industry to work together to address education and training issues.

By joining FIESTA, Damian Walters, CEO of the BiKBBI, has committed to sitting on the FIESTA executive with other industry representatives and contributing to FIESTA’s aims of encouraging and inspiring new talent to join the industry.

Gary Baker, chairman of FIESTA said: “FIESTA is very pleased to welcome the British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom Installation as one of our collaborating trade associations and affiliates. The BiKBBI has done some fantastic work addressing the training and education needs within the installation sector and we’re delighted to have someone with Damian’s passion and enthusiasm on the FIESTA executive to work alongside us in identifying and creating solutions that support the needs of the entire furniture and interiors industry.”

Damian Walters, CEO of the BiKBBI, said: “Education is extremely important to the work that we do as an institute, whether that is training the current or future generation of kbb installers. The aims of FIESTA align perfectly with our own goals and ambitions of ensuring the right training and apprenticeship schemes are in place and that we have people with the specialist skills to ensure our industry flourishes. We are delighted to be involved with FIESTA and look forward to working with all the associations to bring about change in the development of training and education.”

The government sanctioned British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) is delighted to announce an innovative strategic partnership with the newly formed End-Point Assessment Organisation, Achieve+Partners.

Achieve+Partners provides End-point Assessment for the furniture, wood and trade supplier industries. In an industry experiencing huge changes and challenges, Achieve+Partners’ ethos is to work purposefully with a wide range of organisations, bringing the industry closer together. It will use its highly skilled employees to share their expertise and knowledge whilst at the same time providing added-value support to all of its apprenticeship partners.

Achieve+Partners founder Lisa Williamson, believes that this unique partnership approach will unite the sector, bringing together professional and trade bodies with employers and training providers and enabling apprentices to achieve their full potential.

BiKBBI – sees this focus on partnership working as an important way of developing, promoting and delivering the Level 2 Apprenticeship for Fitted Interiors and will work alongside Achieve+Partners to review the current Level 2 apprenticeship standard in Fitted Furniture Installation.

Damian Walters, Chief Executive of BiKBBI stated: “We have worked with Lisa previously and are delighted that we’ll be working closely with Achieve+Partners in the delivery, promotion and development of the Fitted Interiors Apprenticeship.”

The new apprenticeship standards have been introduced as part of the Government’s major apprenticeship reforms and focus on a shift from assessing to learning with the aim of putting employers more in control. The standards outline the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to deliver a certain job role and also include an End-Point Assessment – a quality mark that checks that the apprentice has gained what they need through the apprenticeship.

As Lisa Williamson explains: “Achieve+Partners are passionate about supporting professional bodies, training providers and employers through the entire process from implementation of their apprenticeships to delivering the End-point Assessment. We are supporting the BiKBBI with their core education pillar to deliver apprenticeships for both commercial and domestic kitchen, bathroom and bedroom installation.

We want to strengthen the industry and give the delivery partners a voice whilst also providing BiKBBI with information of what’s happening on the ground to ensure that the continual review and improvement of standards meets the real needs of apprentices and delivery partners.”

As part of the strategic partnership between the two organisations, Achieve+Partners is working with BiKBBI to recruit industry experts to conduct end-point assessments. They are looking for people who have 10 days or more per year to carry out assessments, which is a paid for service that also covers assessors expenses.  Assessors do not need any assessment experience as Achieve+Partners will provide training and support. 

Potential assessors interested in finding out more or apply are advised to contact Achieve+Partners

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