UVAC recently met with the Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee. At the meeting we emphasised the value, benefits and potential of Degree Apprenticeship. Robert Halfon described Degree Apprenticeship as his ‘two favourite words’ and wants to ensure their success. UVAC outlined how the following risked derailing the Degree Apprenticeship agenda:
- The IfA Mandatory Qualification Rule and removal of mandatory degrees from Apprenticeship Standards
- The IfA ‘process’ for determining Apprenticeship funding bands and the impact lower funding bands will have on Degree Apprenticeship provision
- The Degree Apprenticeship cold-spots resulting from the ESFA procurement for non-levy paying employers and the delay in moving non-levy provision to the Apprenticeship Service
UVAC has been asked to produce evidence that demonstrates the impact of the above on the productivity and social mobility objectives of Apprenticeship and provides justification for our policy recommendations. We already have a fair amount of evidence, but would welcome further short succinct summaries of the impact the above is and will have on the ability of HEIs to provide Degree Apprenticeships employers, individuals and localities require.
Please contact Adrian Anderson [email protected]