Technical Expert Groups
Technical Expert Groups (TEGs) are short-life working groups. They develop apprenticeships through the expertise of the people involved. We welcome employers and people from a range of other backgrounds to take part.
A TEG is made up of 10 to 15 people from:
industry and professional bodies
qualification and education experts
social partners, such as trade unions
The group involves people who have experience at operational manager level.
Who can take part in a Technical Expert Group?
We welcome you to get involved if you're from a specific sector or occupation and you:
have experience and knowledge in that sector
understand how to develop a competent apprentice in their field
understand the apprenticeship role
know the ideal skills and behaviours of an employee within the sector
The groups are employer-led, which ensures the apprenticeship meets employers' needs.
Technical Expert Groups help to future-proof companies
Maria Bell is Managing Director of software development firm Mesomorphic in Shetland. Here she shares the benefits of being in the Technical Expert Group for Digital Technology SCQF level 8. She talks about how the new model of development will support her business and sector.
I would encourage any other employer to become involved in this process. You are future-proofing your own companies and I think it's incredibly important that we keep these apprentices relevant and up to date so that we're not going to see as much of a skills gap as we've seen over the last few years.
As part of a TEG, you help to refine and shape the apprenticeship. This involves an induction then at least 4 half-day meetings over a 6-month period. These meetings are currently held online. We'll also ask you to review draft documents between meetings.
The group refines and validates the outputs from an employee workshop to create an apprenticeship. You'll identify the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to do the job. You'll also develop guidance on how to deliver the apprenticeship.
The process usually takes around 6 to 8 months. During this time, the apprenticeship is developed, discussed, checked and agreed. It's then issued to the Apprenticeship Approval Group to be approved and finalised.
Who we're looking for
Members should represent the industry and include small and large organisations. It's important that each group member:
has experience at operational manager level or equivalent
understands the apprenticeship role
knows the skills and behaviours of a competent employee in the sector
contributes positively to discussions about technical skills
understands trends and future developments within the sector, which may impact on the role of an apprentice
engages in discussions on emerging changes
provides constructive, written feedback on draft documentation
contributes on behalf of their organisation and sector, not in an individual capacity
commits to an induction and at least 4 half-day meetings over a 6-month period
Register your interest
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Other ways to help develop apprenticeships
Employee workshops are a great way to get involved. You could be an employee, have completed an apprenticeship or have useful experience.
Anyone who's interested in shaping apprenticeships can get involved. We welcome hearing from apprentices, employers, trade unions and professional bodies.
Apprenticeship development involves employers, apprentices and people from different backgrounds. Through practical workshops, groups and consultation we develop apprenticeships that provides essential skills.