‘Are we nearly there yet? The journey of Higher Degree Apprenticeships’

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    This chapter will outline the history and rationale of the development of HDAs (higher degree apprenticeships) as well as exploring how to embed these ideologies and innovate curriculums, support structures and internal HEI infrastructures to best meet the requirements of both apprentices and employers. Universities that have widening participation at the heart of its strategic vision have a natural fit against the governmental drive for HDAs to target non-traditional students to support widening participation goals (UUK 2016). In consultation with employer forums, it was clear there was a need in this area to develop skills to benefit their teams and organisations. This development requirement was also mirrored in some of the key areas in the UK Industrial Strategy (GOV.UK 2017) that led to a route mapping journey to support and develop strong pedagogic practices across apprenticeships.

    It is hoped the chapter will benefit a wide range of readers from potential apprentices and employers, academic peers who are traversing the difficult journey in setting up an HDA or mid-journey and also professional service peers across HEIs on how the infrastructure can be flexed to support these new requirements.

    The chapter will culminate in exploring the added value that HDAs bring not only to the individual apprentices but to the organisations too; with the use of case studies and feedback from employers on the impact of the apprentice’s development on their organisations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationReal World Learning
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
    Publication statusIn preparation - 31 Jan 2020

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    Hughes, C., & Saieva, G. (2020). ‘Are we nearly there yet? The journey of Higher Degree Apprenticeships’. Manuscript in preparation. In Real World Learning Palgrave Macmillan Ltd..