Who we are and what we do
UVAC is one of the most authoritative voices in the sector on education and training in HE and a leading expert on all aspects of the policy and operational requirements of higher and degree apprenticeships. UVAC currently has around 64 HEI members drawn from all university mission groups. As a membership organisation, we provide the following support:
Advocacy and Representation – As one example we have a particular focus on Higher and Degree Apprenticeship associated with the £2.5bn the levy will raise in England. UVAC has and is working to ensure the system and process ensures HEIs can play an optimum role. We have in the past argued for funding for HE qualifications when used in Apprenticeship and for the quality assurance system for HEIs to be HE appropriate (i.e. QAA and not Ofsted). We are currently working with ESFA to ensure the Apprenticeship system supports HEI engagement.
Briefings and Updates - We provide regular information to our members on all aspects of the higher education, skills and work-based learning agenda. We support our members engage with the employer groups / Trailblazers developing apprenticeship standards (as requested by DfE), support the development of HEI Apprenticeship strategies, and provide regular briefings for HEI staff (marketing, finance, employer engagement, student support as well as academic staff) and on-going analysis and updates on the Degree Apprenticeship agenda.
Project Development – UVAC recently established an Higher Education and Awarding Organisation Committee to advise on the impact the growing range of qualifications taken by 18 and 19 year olds will have on HE admissions and implications of this change for social mobility.
UVAC Journal – We also produce a peer reviewed academic journal focused on higher level skills, Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, published quarterly by Emerald. Members have online access to the journal and receive print copies.
National Conference – Every year in November our conference is the annual event for those engaged in Degree Apprenticeships, higher level skills and work-based learning.
With HEFCE – Since summer 2016 and into 2017/18, UVAC have and will continue to undertake a range of activities – webinars, contract templates, Q&As, briefing events, and telephone and email support – to support HEIs engage in the Apprenticeship agenda.
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