Following a turbulent 2020, the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) is “keen” to get apprenticeships back at the forefront of its agenda.

The need for a new employer-driven technician apprenticeship became apparent following the Government’s plans to increase the number of young people learning a skill or craft in all industries, rather than either going to university or into a manual job without trained skills and, possibly, with limited prospects for the future.

In 2018, following three years of intense work, Government singed off the motorcycle trailblazer apprenticeship standard and ‘end-point assessment’, which was designed by a group of dealer employers who formed as a Trailblazer Team for the development of the apprenticeship.

The NMDA will be holding a virtual meeting in August for dealer members, to discuss the standards for the apprenticeship in order to remain relevant and up to date.

The standard will allow colleges and providers to use the scheme to train young people to be fully skilled motorcycle technicians.

Paddy O’Connell, Head of NMDA, said: “We are looking forward to moving things forward this year and securing a stable workforce for our sector and offering exciting opportunities to the new generations”.

This virtual meeting is open to all interested stakeholders. Please contact Paddy O’Connell on 07436 404102 if you would like to join the meeting on Tuesday 10 August 2021 at 10.00am on Microsoft Teams.