• Degree apprenticeships must be funded through the levy

    Not funding level 6 and 7 apprenticeships through the levy would utterly destroy the productivity and social mobility focus of apprenticeship, says Adrian Anderson As ministers have repeatedly said, it is employers, not training providers, who are best placed to decide how to develop and use apprenticeships to raise the productivity and performance of their

    19.34 Mar. 21st, 2019 | Opinion

  • Does the IfA really believe in degree apprenticeship?

    The IfA’s review of the DTSP will be a key test of whether it really listens to employers (and apprentices), says Mandy Crawford-Lee The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) has started a review of existing standards on the digital route, which includes the flagship Digital Technology Solutions Professional (DTSP) degree apprenticeship. To date the DTSP has

    5.00 Oct. 9th, 2018 | Opinion

  • In pursuit of parity: degree apprenticeships expand into the Russell Group

    Although seen by some as controversial, degree apprenticeships are central to the government’s plans to put technical education on a par with academic education. The Department for Education has repeatedly referred to the number of Russell Group universities signed up to the register of apprenticeship training providers as a sign that it’s succeeding in this

    11.48 Sep. 28th, 2018 | News

  • UVAC demands special treatment for degree apprenticeships

    The University Vocational Awards Council is demanding special treatment for universities offering degree apprenticeships, following the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s recent decision to extend existing non-levy contracts by a year.   The body, which represents HE institutes delivering vocational training, is claiming that degree apprenticeship provision has been hit the hardest by the move

    10.41 Aug. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • It’s up to colleges and providers to sell apprenticeships to parents

    Parents are still sceptical about high-quality technical education. The entire FE sector has a duty to change their minds, writes Anne Milton As exam time approaches and lots of young people will be thinking about their futures, I want to talk directly to colleges and providers about what they should be letting parents know about

    5.00 May. 14th, 2018 | Opinion

  • The government should focus on apprenticeship quality, not quantity

    Without proper focus on apprenticeships at the top end, the government will never achieve its ambition to close the skills gap, claims Adrian Anderson While most of the current apprenticeships headlines have been about the recent falls in starts, there’s another issue that’s been taxing officials on the side. It’s no secret that the DfE

    10.05 Mar. 27th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Degree apprenticeships shouldn't just be repackaged degrees

    Martin Doel believes there can be a place for higher and degree apprenticeships – but they can’t be near-exact replicas of regular degrees I followed Apprenticeship Week at a distance this year, and was struck by the emphasis in much of the media coverage on degree apprenticeships. There was also much interest from my hosts

    10.05 Mar. 27th, 2018 | Opinion

  • David Hughes and the AoC are wrong about degree apprenticeships

    David Hughes is wrong to criticise the rise in management apprenticeships – they are opening opportunities to people who’ve never had them, argues Mandy Crawford-Lee The University Vocational Awards Council believes in the vital role of colleges in delivering college and work-based training programmes for young people and adults. We also want to champion HE

    18.40 Nov. 13th, 2017 | Opinion

  • How to fix degree apprenticeships

    The degree apprenticeship programme needs greater clarity in quality and delivery standards, and diversification away from management degrees in order to be truly successful, says David Allison The education secretary lauded the degree apprenticeship programme when she announced 27 new projects this week, yet new projects are not all that is needed. The ‘new’ industry-designed degree

    16.30 Oct. 5th, 2017 | Opinion

  • The employer knows better than the 'man from the ministry'

    The levy was supposed put employers in control – don’t shunt them into the back seat just because you don’t agree with their choice of apprenticeships, argues Adrian Anderson  Through the apprenticeship reforms, ministers rightly put the employer in the driving seat – which created the conditions that enabled the government to introduce the apprenticeship

    10.00 Aug. 9th, 2017 | Opinion

  • First degree apprentices in UK graduate

    The first group of degree apprentices in the UK have graduated today, with seven out of the 11 gaining first class honours. The Aston University learners were awarded bachelors of science degrees in digital and technology solutions, following three years of combined study and work with the global consulting, technology and outsourcing company Capgemini. The

    16.28 Jul. 17th, 2017 | News