Applications are now open for Membership of our 15 occupational Route PanelsIf you are interested in being considered for this role, please complete the Expression of Interest form and upload a copy of your CV.


Route Panel role

As a Route Panel Member, your role will be to lead the review and approval of apprenticeship standards and technical qualifications. You’ll belong to one of 15 sector-based Route Panels, made up of individual employers chosen for their expertise and standing in the industry sectors they represent.

The 15 occupational routes are:

  • Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care
  • Business and Administration
  • Care Services
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Construction
  • Creative and Design
  • Digital
  • Education and Childcare
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Health and Science
  • Legal, Finance and Accounting
  • Protective Services
  • Sales, Marketing and Procurement
  • Transport and Logistics

Route Panels meet regularly to consider proposals put forward by employer-led trailblazer groups and T Level Panels. The recommendations made by the Panels then feed into the Institute’s Approval and Funding Committee.

Our Members also act as ambassadors for the Institute, championing apprenticeships and technical education within their sector.


Route Panel Member: person specification

We are looking to identify and recruit individuals both to strengthen existing Route Panels and to manage future changes in Panel Membership.

You don’t need to be an expert in apprenticeships or technical education, but you do need specific occupational expertise (rather than generalist knowledge), leadership experience and credibility in one or more of the sectors covered by an occupational route. It will also be an advantage if you can demonstrate in your application an understanding of what’s needed to bring on talent in your sector.

We want people who can bring real insight into the realities of working in their industry, can demonstrate sound judgement when dealing with complex situations, are open to challenge and potentially have experience of operating within a panel structure to make balanced and timely decisions. Route Panels Members are also passionate about ensuring the standards and qualifications they approve are of the highest quality.

As a Route Panel Member, you’ll be helping to drive economic growth and social mobility nationally. You’ll also be making an important investment in building the capability of your sector, ensuring that employers have the workforce they need for future success.

This is a two-year appointment which may be extended by mutual agreement. Route Panel Members work in a voluntary capacity but may claim reasonable expenses incurred as a consequence of participating in Panel meetings. You’ll need to be able to commit to reading time and attendance in person at meetings which currently take place once every six weeks (this is under review and likely to move to eight weeks from Summer 2020).


Conflicts of interest

When submitting an Expression of Interest, you must declare to the Institute any personal or business interest which may or may be perceived (by a reasonable member of the public) to influence your judgement in performing the functions and obligations of a Route Panel Member. These interests include (without limitation), personal direct and indirect financial interests and any such interests of your close family members and/or people living in the same household as you.

To ensure the work of Route Panel Members remains entirely independent, we are unable to consider applications from individuals actively serving as members of trailblazer groups or T Level Panels. 

Candidates successfully appointed as Route Panel Members will need to uphold the standards of conduct as defined in the Seven Principles of Public Life.


How to apply

The closing date for applications is midnight on Tuesday 31 March 2020.

If you are interested in being considered for this role, please complete the Expression of Interest form and upload a copy of your CV.

One-to-one discussions will be held with shortlisted candidates during April and May. These will be conducted by the Institute’s Head of Membership. Candidates who have not been shortlisted will be contacted by early April. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer feedback to individuals whose applications have been unsuccessful at this stage.

If your application is successful, we may offer you a place on a Panel straight away or hold your details on file (with your permission) until future Panel Member opportunities become available.

We’ll contact you by email to acknowledge receipt of your application and to update you on its progress, so it’s advisable to check spam folders regularly.

The Institute operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for disabled people. If you wish to apply for consideration under the scheme, please complete the Guaranteed Interview Scheme form (included on the Expression of Interest form) and submit this with your application.


Additional information

If you have any queries about this role or the application process, email:

Please ensure you include ‘Route Panel Member application’ in the subject line of any email.

Find out more about the work of the Institute, the role of Route Panels and current Route Panel Membership.