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This one day conference will give you a full understanding of degree apprenticeship policy developments and expose you to best practice and trailblazer case studies to help you make the most of the opportunities available to you in degree apprenticeships.
Degree apprenticeships are too important for universities to ignore, providing an important income stream and a new business opportunity, as well as providing new opportunities to non-traditional students.
At the beginning of October, Justine Greening announced 27 new degree apprenticeship schemes. These 4,500 new apprenticeship places are added to existing schemes to help the government reach its target of 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.
The momentum behind degree apprenticeships is hard to ignore, and now is the ideal time for universities to be positioning themselves as innovators and making the most of the opportunities.
Join us to receive the most up to date briefing on the opportunities surrounding degree apprenticeships and to learn from trailblazers. You will leave with a clearer idea of how to initiate or further develop your own degree apprenticeship work.
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Professor Quintin McKellar, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire
Nicola Turner MBE, Head of Skills, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
Adrian Anderson, Chief Executive, The University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)
Lynne Livesey, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Central Lancashire
In this session delegates will discuss three questions all addressing what next for degree apprenticeships in our institutions.
Fleur Nielsen, Head of Policy, Council of Deans of Health
Apprenticeships are developing rapidly for healthcare subjects as the result of the introduction of the employers’ apprenticeship levy (around £200m a year for the NHS), workforce challenges in the health and social care sector and Government policy. Apprenticeship standards have been developed for registered nursing and are under development across the allied health professions. The healthcare sector is also developing level 7 apprenticeships for advanced clinical practice and clinical research. The biggest policy priority in healthcare apprenticeships is the Government-backed expansion of level 5 nursing associate apprenticeships, intended to engage 12,500 apprentices over the next two years.
This workshop will provide an overview of healthcare apprenticeship developments and the challenges facing employers and universities in this policy area. Attendees will have a chance to discuss their own institutions’ involvement and aspirations in this policy area and will gain an understanding of the opportunities and obstacles facing universities.
Dr Alison Felce, Standards and Frameworks Officer, Universities, Quality Enhancement and Standards, QAA
This workshop will provide an overview of quality assurance in degree apprenticeships from a regulatory perspective. It will show how degree and other apprenticeships in higher education are quality assured, the tool produced by the QAA to support this and the wider, developing QA landscape for apprenticeships in higher education. The session will include an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and to contribute to the review of the guidance document: Quality Assuring Higher Education in Apprenticeships: Current Approaches.
Dr Darryll Bravenboer PFHEA, Director of Apprenticeships and Skills, Middlesex University
This case study will demonstrate how employers, universities and a professional association have worked together effectively as equal members of an Apprenticeship Trailblazer group to develop a degree apprenticeship that has established the professional credentials of the business to business sales occupation for the first time. The case study demonstrates the potential benefits of employers being able to draw on both higher education and professional association expertise in the process of collaboratively developing a degree apprenticeship and how employer workforce development needs and the requirements of academic and professional standards can be fully aligned through a work-integrated model. The case study will also describe some of the barriers and challenges experienced in meeting the changing requirements of new regulatory authorities.
Neil Carberry Managing Director of People & Infrastructure CBI
Ann Potterton, Senior HR Professional, BT Apprenticeships
Ali Orr, Talent and Employability Consultant, National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB)
Professor McKellar has been the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Hertfordshire since 2011. He is chair of the Board of Trustees of The Pirbright Institute and a member of the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and chair of the Hatfield Renewal Project Board. In 2015 he was elected as a Board member of Universities UK (UUK), and is also chair of the University Vocational Awards Council. He has been a member of the government’s Apprenticeship Stakeholder Board since 2016 and has chaired the Higher Education Funding Council Apprenticeship Grants Panel.
Professor McKellar was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2011 for services to science. He was a distinguished researcher with interests in the pharmacology of anti-infective and anti-inflammatory drugs in domestic animals.
He graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1981, and went on to gain a PhD in Veterinary Parasitology in 1984. In August 1997 Professor McKellar took up the post of Scientific Director of the Moredun Research Institute and Chief Executive of the Moredun Foundation. In 2004, he was appointed Principal of The Royal Veterinary College of the University of London.
Nicola is the national policy lead for skills at HEFCE with strategic responsibility for degree apprenticeships, industrial strategy and graduate outcomes. She has produced two independent reviews into STEM graduate employability (Wakeham and Shadbolt), established the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund, the Engineering Conversion Course pilot and the Institute of Coding. Previously the Director of Employability Strategy at Aston University, Birmingham, her experience spans employability, employer engagement, regional growth and social mobility. In 2015, Nicola was honoured with an MBE for services to graduate employability and Higher Education.
Adrian Anderson is Chief Executive of UVAC and has led UVAC’s work on the Government’s flagship Degree Apprenticeship programme. UVAC has a membership of over 60 universities drawn from all mission groups and was established to champion higher level vocational learning.
UVAC was commissioned in 2015, early 2016, July 2016 and May 2017 to provide strategic advice to HEFCE on defining and supporting the development of the Higher Education Institution role in the Degree Apprenticeship programme, and was asked by BIS/DfE to support the employer trailblazers developing apprenticeship standards work with HEIs. As an example, UVAC was asked by the Social Work Degree Apprenticeship Trailblazer to establish a social work HE provider group.
UVAC undertakes an extensive programme of activities to support the HE sector to engage in the Degree Apprenticeship programme. UVAC provided a programme of webinars, briefings and surgeries (with HEFCE) on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) and the Procurement of Apprenticeship training provision for non-levy paying employers. UVAC's current webinar/surgery programme includes support on End Point Assessment, RoATP compliance, collecting, collating and managing evidence, the Apprenticeship Service, Sub-contracting and ESFA Funding Rules. UVAC also produces a peer reviewed academic journal called Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, published quarterly by Emerald.
Greg Wade is a programme manager at Universities UK leading on Innovation, growth, employability and skills. This work includes the Higher Education Innovation Fund, the economic impact of universities, English devolution and local growth, supply and demand for graduates and degree apprenticeships.
During his career at Universities UK Greg has led policy in areas such as leadership, management and governance, teaching and learning, teacher education and better regulation.
Before joining us Greg worked as a policy adviser in the predecessor to GuildHE, the Standing Conference of Principles leading on areas that included quality, estates, human resources and international issues.
Greg started his career as a quality assurance officer at the University of Surrey where for seven years he was involved in administering external examining reports, internal course validation and external accreditation as well as servicing numerous university and faculty committees and managing audit and quality assessment visits. Greg also supported the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) submission. Greg was an audit secretary for five institutional quality audit visits.
The Council of Deans of Health is the representative voice of UK university faculties engaged in education and research for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions. The Council has been closely involved in the development of healthcare apprenticeships sitting on the nursing associate and registered nurse trailblazer groups.
Fleur joined the Council in January 2015 and leads a team of policy staff working in London, Wales and Scotland. Before joining the Council Fleur worked at the British Medical Association, from 2006 leading work relating to GP contract negotiations and related health policy. Fleur has an MSc in Health, Population and Society and a BSc in Social Policy and Government, both from the London School of Economics.
Dr Alison Felce is a Standards and Frameworks Officer for the Quality Assurance Agency, QAA. The Standards and Frameworks team is responsible for the development and maintenance of all QAA reference points for quality assurance, including the national Qualifications Frameworks and the UK Quality Code. Alison leads QAA’s work on higher education in apprenticeships including the development of a national ‘characteristics statement’ for apprenticeships involving a higher education qualification. Alison’s career began as a Project Manager working in the UK construction industry, she then moved into higher education as a lecturer in construction gradually moving across into a role in learning and teaching with a specific responsibility for oversight of work-based learning across the University. Alison’s achieved her doctorate for her research and practice into work-based learning. Before joining the QAA in 2017, Alison led on the development of higher and degree apprenticeships for a midlands university.
Neil Carberry is Managing Director of People and Infrastructure at the CBI. He leads the work of the UK’s leading business organisation on employment law and relations, the labour market, education and skills, energy, climate and infrastructure. He has spent the last decade working with businesses across the UK on key issues. He is a member of the Council of Acas, Chair of Business Europe's Employment Working Group and a Fellow of the CIPD.
Ann joined BT’s Apprenticeship Team last year, having previously represented training providers as the Director of the Sussex Council of Training Providers (SCTP). Prior to that she was CEO of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals (ITP) – a body which specialised in helping smaller companies access funding to recruit and train their own telecoms apprentices. Ann is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, a qualified Modern Languages teacher and has worked as a Learning and Development Consultant for a range of companies including: Barclays, Microsoft, RBS, Virgin Atlantic and Level 3/CenturyLink.
Ali Orr is Talent and Employability Consultant at the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB), where he focuses on how universities and businesses work together to develop graduate talent. As advocates of the importance of work experience and new and innovative forms of talent development, degree apprenticeships represent a natural area of interest to NCUB.
Ali has conducted research with NCUB's university and business members which looked at the emerging impact of degree apprenticeships and the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy on talent development strategies and social mobility. He has been involved with apprenticeships since the outset of the apprenticeship reforms in 2013 as a member of two trailblazer groups.
Prior to joining NCUB, he led on employer and university partnerships at the Science Council where he established a policy forum for professional bodies involved in technical education and oversaw the Technician Commitment initiative. He was a member of the advisory group for Sir Bill Wakeham’s review of STEM graduate employability.
Ali served as an employer panel member on TEF year 2 and is involved in the subject-level pilots in TEF3. He is also a member of the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment.