News from the Administrator

Legislation regarding the use of Ivory

Legislation banning ivory was in committee stage in the House of Lords during September.



Paragraph 18 (page 7 of document) is the section most relevant to our industry, but do contact the Administrator if further clarification is required.


H.M. Government Approves Final Element of National Organ Building Apprenticeship Scheme!

The I.B.O. is delighted to confirm that on September 14th 2017 the Institute for Apprenticeships published the Assessment Plan for the Organ Builder Apprenticeship Standard, which can now be viewed at

The next stage is to negotiate with training bodies and assessment organisations for the delivery of the scheme.

Of particular note is the level of financial support for the scheme provisionally on offer from the government. We have been included in ‘Funding Band 14’ which implies a subsidy of £21,600 per apprentice specifically to fund his/her ‘off-the-job’ training over the course of a three-year apprenticeship (with just the 10% balance being payable by the employer). This surely constitutes the biggest potential public investment in the profession of organ building in our lifetimes.


IBO Training Opportunities for all Business/Supplier member staff

Many members of staff of our Business and Supplier members hold their own personal Associate Membership of the IBO. As such, these members receive details of all the training courses that are arranged by the Institute.

It is now possible for ALL members of staff of Business/Supplier members to receive details of the courses – and attend them if they wish whether they hold their own IBO membership or not – simply by adding their name and email address (or postal address if no email exists) to a new separate database which I will keep from now on.

Could all company principals therefore please ask their staff to contact me with their details if they would like to be included on this list – I would be very pleased to hear from them.