The Office for Students published their guidance letter from the Secretary of State (SoS) detailing how they should allocate the Strategic Priorities Grant (SPG). This letter sits alongside the letter to the HE regulator setting out guidance on government’s strategic priorities for HE in FY22-23.
For the first time, the SoS has allocated £8m of funding to support the growth of degree apprenticeships. UVAC, along with UUK and HE mission groups, has given feedback at the ESFA HE Provider Reference Group on the barriers facing HEIs entering the market to deliver apprenticeships.
ESFA would like to draw on HE expertise to ensure funding for the growth of degree apprenticeships is maximised to achieve government’s policy objectives. UVAC is supporting ESFA with this over the next few weeks in April. If you wish to discuss this development with us then do not hesitate to contact either [email protected] or [email protected] with insights to challenges and opportunities that will assist the funding agency with determining the parameters of a (near) future fund specification and procurement. We will keep you updated.
See our response last year to Minister Donelan’s call to the sector to engage more, deliver more, and meet unmet employer demand for, degree apprenticeships HERE.