Westminster Higher Education Forum

Next steps for degree apprenticeships in England - funding, quality assurance and widening participation

Morning, Tuesday, 30th April 2019

Central London


This timely seminar will examine the next steps for degree apprenticeships in England.

It will be an opportunity for delegates to discuss the way forward for funding following the outcome of the Funding Band Review currently being finalised by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA). Delegates will consider the conclusions of the IfA review - which aims to ensure value for money for employers and government - along with the likely impact of government’s review of post-18 education on the affordability of degree apprenticeships.

Sessions on funding will also address the extension of the IfA mandatory qualifications policy to degree apprenticeships, and the implications on university access to funding and the expansion of degree apprenticeships going forward.

Delegates will also discuss quality assurance in degree apprenticeships, following concern from the sector over which bodies, including the IfA, OfS and QAA, hold responsibility for ensuring quality of degree apprenticeships.

Sessions will consider how universities can ensure comparability of degree apprenticeships with traditional forms of study, and how employers, universities and other training providers can collaborate to form more effective complaints procedures for apprentices. 

Further sessions will outline issues surrounding widening participation, following the recent publication of data on the profile of degree apprentices, showing that female students, BAME students, and students from poorer backgrounds are underrepresented. Those attending will discuss strategies for widening access and improving awareness of degree apprenticeships in schools and colleges, which has been outlined as a key focus of the National Apprenticeship Service for the next two years.

Keynote Speaker

Jonathan Mitchell

Deputy Director, Standards Development, IfA

Keynote Speakers

Dr Scott Court

Head, Quality Team, OfS

Jonathan Mitchell

Deputy Director, Standards Development, IfA

Dr Alison Felce

Standards and Frameworks Officer, QAA

Dr Brooke Storer-Church

Senior Policy Advisor, Skills, Fair Access and Participation Directorate, OfS


Lord Watson of Invergowrie

Shadow Spokesperson for Education

Gillian Keegan MP

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships


David Willett

Director, Business Development Unit, The Open University

Andrew Croydon

Director, Skills & Education Policy and Examinations, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

Ben Jordan

Senior Policy and Qualifications Manager, UCAS

Rob Wall

Head of Policy, CMI

Jane Mackay

PhD Candidate, Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath

Adrian Anderson

Chief Executive, University Vocational Awards Council

Tony Ellender

Emerging Talent Development Manager, Balfour Beatty

Anthony Impey

Chair, Skills and Apprenticeships Policy Board, FSB

Jenny Taylor

UK Foundation Leader, UK Early Professional Programmes, IBM

John Widdowson

Principal and Chief Executive Officer, New College Durham

Professor Timothy Quine

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Professor of Earth Surface Science, University of Exeter

Elizabeth Gorb

Director of Apprenticeships, Manchester Metropolitan University