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Since their inception in 2015, degree apprenticeships have experienced robust and sustained growth, with increases in the number of apprentices, employer partnerships and training provider engagement. Despite this growth, the pedagogical nuances of designing and delivering degree apprenticeships have been largely understudied, which, coupled with their anticipated sustained growth prompted this research project – focused on England, but with findings that can be applied more widely.

The project team analysed the motivations and challenges of learners, training providers and employers through surveys and interviews. This enabled the creation of a research report including themed analysis and insights highlighting the valuable contribution degree apprenticeships make, and the key elements required for the provision of a high-quality programme.

This research adds to the evidence base for degree apprenticeship provision, with the report showcasing relevant content that is applicable for policymakers, employers and training providers – culminating in a suite of recommendations.

Degree Apprenticeships: Voice from the Frontline - Impact Policy and Good Practice Guide 2024

Publication date: 25 Mar 2024

Project lead: Staffordshire University

Project partners: Kingston University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Middlesex University, University of Bolton and University of Wolverhampton

Other Collaborative Enhancement Projects

QAA supports a number of projects every year, covering a range of topics and interest areas. Each is led by a QAA Member, working in collaboration with other members institutions. You can find more information on all projects, and access resources and outputs, on our website.