ColegauCymru welcomes QAA guidance Supporting Higher Education in Apprenticeships

With the growing interest in Higher Level Apprenticeships amongst students and employers ColegauCymru has welcomed the publication of QAA's guidance Supporting Higher Education in Apprenticeships. The guidance set out by an expert working group convened by QAA has developed a Characteristics Statement that explains the common features of higher education qualifications delivered through an apprenticeship. It accounts for practice and policy across the UK.

QAA's Dr Alison Felce said: "How apprenticeships are regulated and quality assured, as well as the terminology used to describe them, differs considerably in each UK jurisdiction. That's why it's particularly important that we have reached this consensus across the UK."

"The new Characteristics Statement will help universities and other higher education providers that want to start offering apprenticeships or expand their existing programmes. This will mean improved choice and high-quality study options for the next generation of apprentices."

Iestyn Davies CEO of ColegauCymru added: "With the growth in higher level apprenticeships it's important the Further Education colleges providing higher education can respond appropriately. The recommendations will ensure that apprentices receive the best possible training to advance their careers and establish parity across the four nations of the UK and between providers. The report complements the work undertaken a year ago by Estyn and its report Higher Apprenticeships in Work-based Learning and we look forward to working with our colleges in this exciting area."

The report from QAA can be accessed here and the Thematic Report by Estyn is available from its website.