Articles from University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)

Apprenticeship, Social Mobility and the Levelling-Up Agenda – The Need for a More Ambitious Approach

What role should Apprenticeships have in supporting social mobility and the levelling-up agenda?  Following on from the publication in the summer of UVAC’s report Skills: A Post Covid 19 System, October saw publication of our latest report Realising the Potential of Higher and Degree Apprenticeship in Supporting Social Mobility and the Levelling Up Agenda.

England needs an Adult Skills White Paper not a Further Education White Paper

The Government’s Approach to Adult Skills  There is much to welcome in the Prime Minister’s announcements on Adult Skills. England needs better technical education and a better approach to Adult Skills. A Lifetime Skills guarantee makes sense, as do better credit transfer arrangements, better access to loans for individuals following higher technical qualifications and greater availability of bite sized, segmented and short programmes of study.

Universities, Higher Technical Qualifications and Apprenticeships

There is a lot to welcome in the Secretary of State’s arguments on the role of universities in the delivery of higher technical qualifications and apprenticeships.

The Purpose of Apprenticeships, the Rationale for the Apprenticeship Levy and the Role of Universities in Skills Provision

Defining what is meant by an ‘apprenticeship’ Let’s start with the purpose of an Apprenticeship. An Apprenticeship is a form of learning. Individuals in employment learn ‘on’ and ‘off’ the job to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to be occupationally competent for a defined occupation.

Is the UK Plagued by Runaway Training and Fake Apprenticeships?

... No, just an ill judged and ill informed report from the EDSK One of UVAC’s last tasks before the Christmas break was to contribute to research from our American partners on Degree Apprenticeship.

A Flawed Report Proposing Recommendations that will Undermine Apprenticeship, the Delivery of Public Services and Investment in Higher- Level Skills

This week saw publication of a Learning and Work Institute Report on the over-spend of the Apprenticeship Levy Pot.

Higher Technical Qualifications – A Welcome Development?

There’s no denying the economic need for level 4 and 5 technical skills. The Government’s analysis on not just the need for level 4 and 5 qualifications, but also initial proposals on how to increase the number of individuals taking and gaining technical level qualifications should, with caveats, be welcome.

Why doesn’t the Skills Sector get the Importance of Management Skills?

Improve the UK's Management Skills to Improve #Productivity It seems that every few months a survey is published on the UK’s low productivity together with an analysis of why poor management skills provide part of the explanation for the UK’s productivity gap.

Making the Apprenticeship #Levy More Palatable – A Way Forward for the Secretary of State @GavinWilliamson

Near the top of the new Secretary of State’s in tray will be the options for making the Apprenticeship levy more palatable for employers and managing the forecast overspend of the Apprenticeship levy pot – estimated to be 0.5bn this year rising to 1.5bn by 2021.

Review of the Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship - 6 points to consider

Let's #LookBeyond - Review of the Senior Leader Degree #Apprenticeship UVAC welcomes the review, but in our response to the Institute, Department of Education and Treasury we will be making clear that this should be undertaken as part of a broader review of Apprenticeship funding and the operation of the levy. 

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