Chief Executive Maddalaine Ansell has written for Wonkhe on degree apprenticeships to highlight their successes and the challenges in the face of policy uncertainty about their purpose and value.
For some “equal in esteem” can only be achieved by getting the most prestigious universities to offer apprenticeships. Since their prestige generally comes from the quality and volume of their research, this does not necessarily make them well-equipped to deliver the innovative work-based learning that would make the technical route genuinely different.
On the other hand, it should mean that universities with a long history of strength in technical and professional education are extremely well-placed to deliver degree apprenticeships and – indeed – these universities are embracing the programme.
Today, Robert Halfon MP, chair of the Education Committee, gave a speech at our panel discussion on degree apprenticeships. You can read the full speech here.