The Leading Locally and Engaging Globally update from the February 2018 Leadership Bulletin
Leading Locally and Engaging Globally – Professor Chris Husbands
For this edition of the Bulletin, I have asked Conor Moss, Director of Education & Employer Partnerships, to provide an update on Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, which are one of our immediate priorities under the LLEG agenda:
It is almost 3 years since Hallam responded to the government’s call for Universities and other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to deliver Higher and Degree Apprenticeships (HDAs); needless to say it has been extremely hard work and, without wishing to sound like an X Factor contestant, it’s been a journey!
While we were one of just 20 HEIs to respond in 2015, there are now nearly 100 HEIs registered to deliver HDAs, with the number of apprentices registered at Level 4 and above up 37% in January 2018. Transforming Lives cemented our commitment to being the business-ready university and the leading provider of Degree Apprenticeships in England. We now have approximately 400 apprentices enrolled, with significant growth planned throughout 2018 and 2019.
The government’s ambitions for a “More Prosperous Nation” are partly founded on “a highly skilled workforce, with employers in the driving seat.” So, as part of our ambitions, we are working with UK organisations to develop high-quality degree apprenticeship provision that meets the needs of employers.
We have placed regional economic growth and social mobility at the heart of our plan. We have invested in our extensive degree apprenticeship portfolio and will open dedicated teaching space at Aspect Court and a digital suite in Cantor in September 2018.
The dedicated space will allow us to build on our existing portfolio of leadership, management, digital and IT, engineering, healthcare, food technology, construction and chartered surveying. We are also anticipating further growth across health, law and education.
This approach has driven a rich and diverse portfolio with bespoke delivery models and collaborative approaches to suit large and SME employers; in total we now have over 100 new employer relationships.
I am most proud of the work we are doing with schools and colleges, where we are providing insights on HDAs to school leavers and then matching them with employers. It is fascinating to talk to school leavers, from all backgrounds, who know they want to be an engineer or quantity surveyor and hold full-time conditional offers from various institutions whilst seeking a suitable degree apprenticeship. At Hallam, we are well placed to offer both routes to those professions, and it’s imperative that we continue to lead the sector and position ourselves as the leading institution for Degree Apprenticeships with employers locally and nationally.
There is no doubt that there is more hard work ahead but the journey should continue to be interesting and fun!