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The Directorate of Business Engagement, Skills and Employability (BESE) leads on apprenticeships, employability and work-based learning at Hallam and comprises of:

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Higher and Degree Apprenticeships and Work-Based Learning

This section bring together a whole range of guidance, information and resources that relate to apprenticeships and work-based teaching, learning and assessment and are managed by colleagues from across different directorates/departments/teams at Hallam.


A-Z resources

Visit the BESE: Higher and Degree Apprenticeship SharePoint site for an overview of how the Directorate supports and administers apprenticeships at Hallam.  

Higher and Degree Apprenticeship (HDA)

  • Apprenticeship Essentials
  • Induction Slides
  • Developing an apprenticeship course
  • Delivering an apprenticeship in practice
  • Resources
  • National Centre for Excellence (NCEDA)

Apprenticeship Delivery Group (ADG)

The Apprenticeship Delivery Group (ADG) provides details about ADG, frequency, reporting lines and governance.

Apprenticeships operations, delivery and compliance 

The Apprenticeships operations, delivery and compliance site is restricted. 


Higher and Degree Apprenticeship (HDA) 

Higher and Degree Apprenticeship (HDA) – an academic resource site, created to inform the design and delivery of apprenticeship provision at Hallam, including their Work-Based Learning (WBL) elements, to achieve the necessary compliance requirements and embed best practice. A major part of this is ensuring the apprentice is supported by the provider (Hallam) and also the employer. This website includes:

Teaching Delivery

Quality Assurance

AQS: Apprenticeships and Work-Based Learning from a Quality Assurance perspective.


Work-Based Learning

BESE: Work-Based Learning SharePoint site – an overview of how work-based learning coaches support our apprenticeship course leaders and students.      

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Employability and Placements

This section bring together a whole range of guidance, information and resources that relate to apprenticeships and work-based teaching, learning and assessment and are managed by colleagues from across different directorates/departments/teams at Hallam.

A-Z resources

Highly Skilled Employment (HSE)

  • Integrated Curriculum for Employability Toolkit (ICfE)
  • Careers Readiness
  • Digital Skills
  • Employer Advisor Boards
  • Graduate Attributes
  • Work experience (assessment centres)

Careers and Employability Service

Curriculum Integrated Employability

Curriculum-Integrated Employability (CIE) is the basis on which all employability activity in curriculum will be established. The CIE Framework outlines the undergraduate Curriculum-Integrated Employability approach which will facilitate consistent, progressive, and meaningful course design and module content in line with Curriculum Structures guidance. The purpose of this document is to support course designers in developing the curriculum to ensure the integration of Hallam Employability ambitions. This refreshes the work previously undertaking through the Highly Skilled Employment (HSE) step change project. 

Undergraduate Course Designers should read the CIE Framework.   

Employability Advisers

BESE: Employability SharePoint site – provides guidance on who our employability advisers are.

Work Experience Team

BESE: Work Experience Team – provides operational support to:

  • Sandwich placements (under the Applied Professional Diploma in [Industry / Community / International / Research Consultancy / Enterprise].
  • Work Integrated Learning (short placements).
  • Applied Projects.
  • Placement Reps scheme.
  • Boost – co-curricular post graduate work experience offer. 

As part of your portfolio redevelopment, please take a look at the following guidance:


Employer Partnerships

BESE: Employer Partnerships – responsible for engaging and working with employers, locally, nationally and globally to ensure that there is a strong, appropriate employer offer to enable students and graduates to secure work experiences, placements, part time jobs, internships, freelance jobs and graduate jobs.

Highly Skilled Employability (HSE)

Highly Skilled Employment (HSE) – academic resources to support course and module leaders with guidance, information and resources to review, inform and evolve their curriculum, to create their own space, identify and develop learning experiences that would prepare students and give them the confidence to access and gain future employment.  This includes:

Placement learning

  • Sandwich Placements Includes:
    • ** signposting  **  resources  **  applied professional diploma  **  FAQs.
    • Virtual Placement Resource – short placements – these sessions have been created to help support students through their short placement. They have been put together in collaboration with students and graduates who are currently or have recently done placements or internships.
    • Your work placements – a collection of students frequently asked questions to provide answers to all things surrounding coronavirus and a students’ work placement. 

For academic staff with responsibility for supervising sandwich placement students during their sandwich placement year in your role as a Placement Academic Supervisor (PAS). The Placement-Academic-Supervisor-Guide-v1.1  should be used as a supplementary overview, with any Department-specific directions coming from your Department’s Business & Engagement Lead, Employability Lead or Placement Lead (as appropriate).   

Read more about students who took up the opportunity offered, within their course at Hallam, to study abroad during their second year

Teaching Delivery

Placements, Work Experience and Apprenticeships – from the Digital Learning Team.  

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Applied Learning in Practice

Applied Learning in Practice – how the curriculum and co-curriculum experience can be designed to foster transformative learning to create highly valuable graduates.

Note: this resource is currently under review, all enquiries to ADI Team.  


BESE: Partnerships, Contracting and Compliance – co-ordinate and provide operational management of partnership activity and contractual arrangements; oversee a range of systems and processes.  Our key focus areas are:

  • Higher Degree Apprenticeships
  • UK and International Partners
  • FE Colleges

Guidance and information on our UK partnerships and approval process.

Course Design and Delivery

Take a look at the Academic Essentials: Course and Module Delivery guidance for a wider picture on course design and delivery methods. 

Staff development and skills

Visit ADI: academic development pathways for details of apprenticeship routes for staff. 

Case Studies

Visit ADI: inclusive academic practice for a range of case studies and to contribute your own materials. 



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Last updated: 25th March 2024 NB