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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Higher Education in Apprenticeships

Date: May 29 - 2020

Today QAA have published new guidance on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Higher Education in Apprenticeships. The paper, developed with the support of sector colleagues from across the UK, highlights some of the key challenges higher education providers are identifying and their responses.

The paper notes three key elements that higher education providers should consider regarding their support for higher education apprenticeships:

  • their ability to adapt their teaching/training in the current circumstances
  • the capacity of the employer to continue to provide an appropriate setting for
    work-based learning
  • the extent to which the requirements of the apprenticeship can continue to be delivered.

Apprentice support is recognised as a key feature in terms of maintaining motivation and engagement, and the guidance considers how the sector is managing the continuation of apprenticeships wherever possible, for example through allowing apprentices to work online from home. Some universities have also adjusted assessments, provided help to apprentices in seeking alternative employment, and made agreements for modules to be carried into the next year.

The paper takes account of approaches to Higher Education in Apprenticeships from across the UK, including differences in terminology and practice.

You can also access all of QAA's other pandemic advice and support on our dedicated COVID-19 page.