Articles from University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)

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.

In the Dark on #TLevels : #HE Wants a Long-term Commitment to the Applied General

UVAC was established 20 years ago by the HE sector to champion higher-level vocational learning.

Skills Devolution – Dividing Opinion or Delivering Opportunity?

The national landscapes of policy and practice in the realms of further education, higher education and skills have become especially volatile, uncertain and complex spaces in recent times.

Why Augar is Wrong: Making Sense of #Apprenticeship Quality Assurance

There’s no denying that when looking at Apprenticeship quality assurance the alphabet soup of organisations involved is confusing.

Is there a Solution to the Forecast Overspend of the #Apprenticeship Levy Pot?

Government needs to face facts – the £2.45bn raised through the Apprenticeship levy was never going to fund the delivery of the Apprenticeships everyone wants.

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