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:

  • employers

  • industry and professional bodies

  • 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.

Roles in the group

There are many different roles you could play, making best use of your skills and interests.

What are the roles in a Technical Expert Group?

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.

Maria's story

What’s involved

As part of a TEG, you help to refine and shape the apprenticeship. This involves an induction then at least 4 meetings over a 12-month period. These meetings may be in-person or 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 Approvals 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

Find out more about the roles in the group

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Other ways to help develop apprenticeships


Employee workshops

Employee workshops are a great way to get involved. We're looking for employees who have completed the apprenticeship or have relevant job experience. You'll help us to understand the roles apprentices might do. 


Wider consultation

This is an opportunity for anyone interested in apprenticeship development. You can help make sure the apprenticeships fit your business needs. Whether you’re an employee, employer, provider or stakeholder, we'd welcome your feedback.