Vocational apprentices ‘could go to university’
16 April 2012
Skills minister John Hayes is considering introducing Apprenticeships alongside degrees at university in a radical attempt to improve the “status” of vocational training.
Last year, ministers pledged £25m towards helping employers develop degree-level apprenticeships across industries, including aerospace, renewable technologies and space.
The Department for Business minister said giving young people the option to study Apprenticeships or degrees at university would help stamp out the “snobbery” and improve the calibre of candidates who apply for the schemes.
Mr Hayes is considering the move as part of a range of measures to make Apprenticeships more popular among under-25s. The Government sees the on-the-job scheme, where students divide time between work and study, as crucial to helping rebalance Britain’s economy.
“We must raise the status of practical learning,” Mr Hayes said. “Some universities have already asked to be part of this and clearly understand that if there’s going to be this powerful, funded route to higher learning, they want to be in on the action.”
When asked whether the Government would introduce apprenticeships at university, Mr Hayes said: “We might do. Universities are interested in being part of this and employers would work with universities and colleges.”
Mr Hayes said the Open University could be a partner but refused to outline other universities that might be involved.
Last year, ministers pledged £25m towards helping employers develop degree-level apprenticeships across industries, including aerospace, renewable technologies and space. Some 250 employers are already working with training providers to offer 19,000 degree-level schemes.
“This is about a pathway to economic success and personal esteem in a way there never has been,” Mr Hayes said.
Source: The Telegraph.