Over a fifth of the UK's top universities still don't offer degree apprenticeships


The research by the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC) revealed that over a fifth of the UK’s top 100 universities do not offer degree apprenticeships, posing barriers to social mobility, skilled workforces, and economic growth. 

Business and administration, health and science, and digital and IT have the highest provision of degree apprenticeships, while challenges such as cost and regulatory requirements hinder further commitment. Despite these challenges, there is optimism for increased provision and diversification into new industries and occupations, with a focus on the essential role of higher and degree apprenticeships in levelling up regions and reducing the skills gap. UVAC sees universities as playing a crucial role in raising the status of all types of apprenticeships across the UK.

Read the article on UVAC’s website here: Over a fifth of UK’s top 100 Universities still don’t offer degree apprenticeships | UVAC

Jan Richardson-Wilde

CEO, Occupational Awards Limited

Jan is the CEO of Occupational Awards Limited, a Director of the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink and an FE College Governor. She has over 35 years’ experience in the education sector in strategic and operational management of training programmes with colleges, private training providers, local authorities the voluntary sector and not for profit organisations. Jan has previously been a board member of the Learning and Skills Council, chair of the North Yorkshire Training Provider network and Vice-Chair of Yorkshire Coast College and a Governor of the Grimsby Institute for Further and Higher Education. She has extensive experience of education policy, apprenticeships, qualification, and curriculum development as well as business improvement.

Jan joined OAL in 2019, a leading non-profit industry-focused Awarding and End-Point Assessment Organisation, supporting a wide range of employers and of key stakeholders to succeed and surpass expectations. Jan is committed to continuous improvement and enthusiastic about improving the effectiveness, impact and quality of apprenticeships, education, and training in the UK and internationally. She has a wide range of experience of working in a collaborative context with employers and training providers to develop End Point Assessment, apprenticeships, and a wide range of vocational programmes.

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