A Construction Operations Management Higher Apprenticeship and the Development of Foundation Degrees to Support the Delivery of the Higher Apprenticeship Framework
UVAC, with the support and at the initiation of the Lifelong Learning Networks National Forum, worked during 2011 with Construction Skills to facilitate and support the development of a Construction Operations Management Higher Level Apprenticeship Framework (to include a Foundation degree) as part or all of the Technical/Competence Qualification required by the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE). The Foundation degree was validated by Middlesex University in summer 2011 and it was confirmed in December 2011 by the Construction Skills’ Standards and Validation Group that the Level 5 Construction Operations Management Apprenticeship framework is SASE compliant and can be issued by ConstructionSkills’ Issuing Authority.
The project was initiated by the LLN National Forum following the publication of their paper ‘Developing Higher Apprenticeships in England’, published in May 2010.
The Project Summary and Terms of Reference are available here. The project was chaired by Jill Ward, former Director of Staffordshire, Shropshire, Stoke on Trent, Telford and Wrekin LLN.
Two groups, an Advisory Group and and HE/FE Working Group were formed to progress the project. Click here to see the agendas, papers and meetings notes of the Working Group meetings held so far.
A toolkit for the development of Higher Apprenticeships has been developed by the Lifelong Learning Network National Forum, based on the lessons learned and good practice identified in the course of the development of the Construction Operations Management HA. Click here to go to the toolkit.
For more information please contact:
Adrian Anderson, UVAC Chief Executive
Jill Ward, Project Chair
Claire Newhouse, LLN National Co-ordinator
Below are some additional relevant papers:
- The construction Higher Apprenticeship
- The Foundation degree Framework Specification for Construction Operations Management. This is provided for guidance purposes. The Foundation degree(s) developed for the Higher Apprenticeship would offer core and specialist pathways and include bridging modules to support learners used to a competency based and not academic model of learning. Progression arrangements will also need to be developed to enable seamless progression from level 3.
- LMI and related information on employer support and demand for the Higher Apprenticeship