We’re one year on from the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and we have a lot to reflect on: more than £1.39 billion has been paid in by large employers over the last year, according to our recent Freedom of Information request. But disappointingly, only 8% of this vast sum has been withdrawn to fund apprenticeship training.
The average duration of the working life is getting longer, making the traditional model of linear career progression increasingly rare, often being replaced by the portfolio career.1 This creates a number of challenges to traditional employer expectations, and the structure of our education system.
Recent changes to the apprenticeship landscape offer some fresh and exciting alternatives to traditional education pathways. Now, there is another opportunity to progress through further education into higher education, with the development of a new form of higher apprenticeship, the degree apprenticeship.