Degree and Higher Level Apprenticeships: An Empirical Investigation of Stakeholder Perceptions of Challenges and Opportunities

Studies in Higher Education, Forthcoming

24 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2017

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James Mulkeen

University of Salford - Business School

Hussein Abdou

The Lancashire School of Business & Enterprise; Department of Management, Faculty of Commerce, Mansoura University

Jackie Leigh

University of Salford - Salford Business School

Paul Ward

University of Salford - Salford Business School

Date Written: August 2, 2017

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to explore the challenges and opportunities of designing and delivering Degree and Higher Level Apprenticeships (D&HLAs) at levels 4 - 7 from a multi-stakeholder perspective namely employers, Universities, independent training organisations and professional bodies. 27 face to face interviews were undertaken and thematic content analysis was used to analyse the data. The following three themes emerged from the data analysis: programme design; programme delivery; and graduate attributes. We conclude that whilst there are increasing numbers of trailblazer groups developing higher level standards, the uptake of apprenticeships at these levels remains relatively low. Although stakeholders support the principle of D&HLAs, we identify a number of challenges and opportunities facing those who seek to successful introduction these programmes. Our policy recommendations include the need for all stakeholders to work collaboratively to co-create a flexible system to support the validity and relevance of D&HLAs. This will include streamlining and mapping the variety of qualifications currently available in order to promote a platform for parity of both esteem and opportunity for those achieving degree qualifications through the apprenticeship route.

Keywords: Degree and Higher Level Apprenticeships; Work-Based Learning; British Higher Education; University Teaching; Professional Bodies

Suggested Citation

Mulkeen, James and Abdou, Hussein and Leigh, Jackie and Ward, Paul, Degree and Higher Level Apprenticeships: An Empirical Investigation of Stakeholder Perceptions of Challenges and Opportunities (August 2, 2017). Studies in Higher Education, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3015407 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3015407

James Mulkeen

University of Salford - Business School ( email )

University of Salford
M5 4WT Salford, Lancashire M5 4WT
United Kingdom

Hussein Abdou (Contact Author)

The Lancashire School of Business & Enterprise ( email )

The Lancashire Law School
Corporation Street
Preston, PR1 2HE
United Kingdom
00441772894700 (Phone)

Department of Management, Faculty of Commerce, Mansoura University ( email )

Mansoura, 35516
Egypt

Jackie Leigh

University of Salford - Salford Business School ( email )

Salford, Greater Manchester M5 4WT
United Kingdom

Paul Ward

University of Salford - Salford Business School ( email )

Salford, Greater Manchester M5 4WT
United Kingdom

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