The Institute is responsible for ensuring that high-quality apprenticeships and technical education is available to learners.

The Route Reviews help us to do this.  They help us to take an overview of the Route and specific standards that are in scope, so we can ensure that apprenticeship standards continue to meet our occupational requirements, are relevant and up to date, and deliver for employers and apprentices.  

This Review

The Engineering and Manufacturing Route Review has now been announced. This will look at the Route’s Occupational Map as well as the following apprenticeship standards:

Engineering Design and Development Pathway

Engineering, Manufacturing and Process Control Pathway

Maintenance, Installation and Repair Pathway


The consultation for this route closed on 5 February 2020. We will review the occupational map, and assess this standard against the Institute’s current approval criteria, taking into consideration feedback from the consultation.

To support the review, we commissioned some regional workshops, which are due to take place later this year, and will be run by Enginuity.

Due to advice from the government on Covid-19, all current route reviews are now postponed. This excludes the digital route review, on which all public consultation has been completed.

The Institute recognises that Covid-19 presents several challenges for employers. A key aim of the route reviews is to be consultative and engage with employers in a meaningful way, which is not possible currently.


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The criteria used to determine the standards included in the Review were

  • Standards approved for delivery prior to the establishment of the Institute in April 2017, where these have not been significantly updated since.
  • Standards where there are concerns raised about the content and it has been recognised it does not comply with the Institute’s occupational requirements

Our approach to the review will be as follows:

  1. Focussed – our review will focus on the route using the occupational map as well as standards. The outcome of the review may highlight changes to the apprenticeship standard, where this has been identified it may be necessary to make the relevant changes to the end point assessment plan.
  2. Employer led –responses from our consultation and engagement with employers will inform our recommendations. The recommendations will be reviewed by the Route Panel.
  3. Open and transparent – we will engage with stakeholders throughout the review process, and agree a suitable timetable for Trailblazers to update their standards, if required, following the review recommendations.
  4. Joined up – our review will look the Route using the Occupational Map, to ensure the recommendations supports the different technical education products including T Levels.