Implementing the Concept of Higher Apprenticeship

A UVAC project on behalf of Middlesex University

UVAC is working with Middlesex University to define how the concept of Higher Apprenticeship can be made operational through HE/FE partnerships and to demonstrate, champion and promote its potential.

The objectives of the project are:

  1. To consider the current policy and operational context for the development and delivery of Higher Apprenticeship.
  2. To outline and consider activities currently taking place regarding the development and delivery of Higher Apprenticeship and related initiatives.
  3. With national partners, to consider the contribution HEIs, FECs, LLNs and their successors could make to the growth and development of Higher Apprenticeship and related initiatives.
  4. To consider employee and employer requirements in respect of Higher Apprenticeship, and to translate such requirements into a statement in line with statutory requirements on the range of HE qualifications, QCF qualifications, professional qualifications and credit that could usefully support the delivery of Higher Apprenticeship and link to a license to practice.
  5. To contrast the approach to Higher Apprenticeship in England with selected European apprenticeship models and outline key aspects of European practice that might support the development of Higher Apprenticeship and Professional Apprenticeship in England.

The first stage of the project included a call for examples and the holding of a networking event on 23rd May.

Networking event – Monday 23rd May 2011, Middlesex University Trent Park Campus

The aim of this event was for providers and partners to share ideas on the development of Higher Apprenticeship, in line with the objectives of the project (above) and evidence collected.

The event was attended by 45 delegates and included brief presentations by representatives from Middlesex University, the National Apprenticeship Service, BIS, The Lifelong Learning Network National Forum, Construction Skills and UVAC.  The agenda for the event is available here, along with an event report, produced by UVAC.

Where slides were used, these are available below:

Next Steps

Stage 2 of the project will involve the provision of liaison and operational support for Middlesex University’s approach to Higher Apprenticeship and at stage 3, the production of a report, with associated launch and dissemination.  More information about activities at each stage will be posted on this page in due course. Keep checking back.

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