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The consultation closes on 16 September 2021.


This consultation sets out proposals for changes to existing policies that effect the development, approval and operation of degree apprenticeships.

These changes are intended to:

  1. ensure that the Institute's policies and processes better recognise the role that degrees and graduate status play in the labour market
  2. provide a comprehensive development and approval framework for the creation and revision of degree apprenticeships
  3. ensure that degree apprenticeships are a distinctive offer that secures the best of apprenticeships and the best of higher education

This will enable degree apprenticeships to better support the skills ambitions of employers, apprentices and the nation.

We work with employers to develop and approve degree apprenticeships. While this process has created 100 degree apprenticeships since 2015, employers have not always been able to bring forward degree apprenticeships in occupations that they wanted to. We now have over four years’ experience of approving degree apprenticeships. With this experience in mind, the Institute has considered, with employers, HE and apprentices, how best to improve on these already high-quality and in-demand apprenticeships.

To support the outcomes, we are proposing five specific changes to the requirements of degree apprenticeships. While these changes relate to what we will approve as a degree apprenticeship in the future; they show changes to how degree apprenticeships are designed, developed and delivered through new and more collaborative ways of working.

The five proposed changes:

  1. better supporting graduate-entry occupations
  2. integration of on-the-job and off-the-job training
  3. alignment between apprenticeship knowledge, skills and behaviours and degree learning outcomes
  4. integration of assessment
  5. participation of an independent assessor with occupational expertise

If you have any questions or enquiries, please email: Enquiries.IFA@education.gov.uk

We will analyse all the responses to this consultation and will aim to publish the findings no later than early autumn 2021.