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QAA launches consultation on handbook for the review of Degree Apprenticeships in Wales

Date: August 13 - 2020

QAA has launched a consultation on a Handbook for the Review of Degree Apprenticeships in Wales for the academic year 2020-21, after being commissioned to undertake the review by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW). The review is only concerned with Degree Apprenticeships funded through HEFCW, made available on a pilot basis since 2018-19, covering three priority areas: Digital, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing.

The Degree Apprenticeship review is designed to be a developmental review focused on higher education providers' delivery of the programme including work-based learning. A key feature of the review is the use of the QAA Characteristics Statement for Higher Education in Apprenticeships. The review will result in an unpublished report for each lead provider which will be shared with HEFCW. There will be a published sector-wide report which will provide an anonymised summary of the provision and findings for all the reviews and make recommendations for the future delivery of apprenticeship programmes. This review will complement the Welsh Government’s evaluation of the HEFCW Degree Apprenticeships pilot scheme.

Alastair Delaney, QAA’s Director of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, said: ‘This important piece of work will assess the intended benefits and outcomes of the Degree Apprenticeship programmes in the three priority areas for providers, employers and students. The review will support the sector to share good practice, learning and areas for development as well as enhance the value of the student learning experience and of apprenticeships for employers.’

Dr David Blaney, Chief Executive of HEFCW, said: 'We very much welcome the launch of this consultation on the handbook for a developmental review of our degree apprenticeships pilot programme. It is important that we are able to demonstrate the quality of degree apprenticeships, and the work by QAA will inform this. The outcomes will also be key to future developments with regard to degree apprenticeships in Wales.'

Please note that this consultation has now closed. We expect the final review handbook to be published on the QAA website w/c 5 October 2020.