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
  • qualification and education experts
  • social partners, such as trade unions

The group includes people who have experience as senior managers.

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.

Maria's story

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.

What’s involved

As part of a TEG, you help to refine and shape the apprenticeship. This involves an induction then at least 4 half-day meetings over a 6-month period. These meetings are currently held 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 Approval 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
  • commits to an induction and at least 4 half-day meetings over a 6-month period

Register your interest

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Other ways to help develop apprenticeships

Employee workshops

Employee workshops are a great way to get involved. You could be an employee, have completed an apprenticeship or have useful experience.

Find out about employee workshops

Wider consultation

Anyone who's interested in shaping apprenticeships can get involved. We welcome hearing from apprentices, employers, trade unions and professional bodies.

About wider consultation

Apprenticeship development

Apprenticeships are developed by employers, employees and other stakeholders with expert knowledge.

Apprenticeship development