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Degree apprenticeships in England - next steps for development and performance, standards and assessment, branding, and economic contribution

March 2022


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


This conference is assessing the future for degree apprenticeships in England in the context of the pandemic.


It will be an opportunity to consider the way forward for proposals from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) aimed at improving degree apprenticeship development, approval, and how well they work for both apprentices and employers.


There will also be discussion on the impact of the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, the outlook for Ofsted inspections of level 6 and 7 apprenticeships and their role in driving up standards, as well as further approaches that could be taken to improve provision.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Mandy Crawford-Lee, Chief Executive, University Vocational Awards Council; John Cope, Director, Strategy, Policy & Public Affairs, UCAS; and Dr Lucy Jones, Vice Principal, Academic Development, Anglia Ruskin University - Peterborough


Overall, the agenda is structured to bring out latest thinking on:


  • priorities for delivery in the context of the pandemic - including the future for blended and flexible provision
  • driving standards and quality in provision - and the role of Ofsted inspections
  • regional economies - how degree apprenticeships can be tailored to cater to regional priorities
  • the applications and admissions process - priorities for development and improvement
  • branding and awareness - creating a distinct identity for degree apprenticeships

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from DfE; the IATE; Cabinet Office; CAFRE; the DfE, ROI; DIT; the Department for the Economy, NI; the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, ROI; DfT; DWP; HMRC; UK Space Agency; VOA; and the Welsh government.



This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles