Trailblazer Apprenticeship

The official website for the government backed Motorcycle Technician (Repair and Maintenance) Trailblazer Apprenticeship

The standard for the Motorcycle Technician (Repair and Maintenance) Apprenticeship has been written and is currently open for public consultation! Click below to find out more!


Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and 
Department of Education  are reforming apprenticeships to:

  • Meet the needs of the future economy for years to come.
  • Be viewed with the same esteem as University.
  • Reform and build on existing strengths
  • To ensure Apprenticeships are more rigorous and responsive to the needs of employers following Richard Review.
Essentially, an Apprenticeship is a job with training to develop skills.  It is a way for predominately young people to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future.

The Apprenticeship Trailblazers are the means through which the government is implementing the Richard Review recommendations for greater employer ownership of Apprenticeship training. The trailblazers are being phased in over time using an early adopter model to test the processes required of employers to develop the occupational standards and detailed assessment models that conform to the national principles for the new apprenticeships. In addition, the Trailblazers are being used to identify the structures required nationally to oversee and quality assure the new process for apprenticeship development.
Motorcycle Technician (Repair and Maintenance) 

The motorcycle technician will be a level 3 Trailblazer Apprenticeship which will typically take three years for the individual to attain the required level of competence. This may be less if the individual already has significant training and practical experience.
Some key knowledge and understanding that the apprentice will obtain over the 3 year course:

  • Fundamentals of Motorcycle technologies

  • The type, application and unique characteristics of motorcycles 

  • How to service, inspect and maintain motorcycles

  •  Health and safety knowledge and environmental awareness to carry out the work safely

Apprenticeship Standards 

The first of a range of high quality apprenticeship standards were introduced in 2014. These standards are designed by employers for employers, to ensure that apprenticeships support businesses to grow and prosper.

What is different about apprenticeship standards?
The employer-designed apprenticeship standards set out what an apprentice will be able to do on completion of their apprenticeship.

These new apprenticeships assess an apprentice through a rigorous end point assessment, designed by employers, which will ensure that the apprentice really can do the job they've trained for before completing their apprenticeship.

Is Government funding available for these new apprenticeships?
Yes. The Government will contribute towards the cost of external training and assessment of apprentices to meet the standard. It has been confirmed that, in the 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016 academic years, for every £1 an employer pays towards the cost of training and assessment, Government will pay £2.

The standard for the Motorcycle Technician (Repair and Maintenance) Apprenticeship is now open for Trade & Public consultation!

Expression of Interest

For the full Expression of Interest please click on the "read more" tab below
Read more

Latest Updates

The Expression of Interest has been approved and we now have permission from the minister to carry on developing the Motorcycle Technician (Maintenance and repair) Trailblazer Standard.

The standard is open for public consultation! click the button below to view the standard and give your thoughts and opinions!
Trailblazer Standard
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