Our thinking

Our thinking - whether it's the latest article we've written, a talk we've delivered, a toolkit we've created or just some of our general musings, you'll find our perspective on the future of apprenticeships here.

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Designing for better experiences and better...

By Kirsty Kearney-Greig | November 27

Last week my lovely colleague Caro wrote about how the apprenticeship levy is currently working in practice, and some of the key challenges that still remain to “fundamentally change apprenticeships for the better”. If you haven’t done so yet, take...
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How Do You Help A Student Like Maria?

By Becca Dean | November 20

Last week I had the privilege of attending the inaugural Nature Research Awards. The evening was an incredible celebration of women who have excelled in science. Mirjana Pović, an astrophysicist, won the Award for Inspiring Science. The Association of Hungarian...
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Two point seven billion

By Caro Walmsley | November 13

In April 2018, the apprenticeship and skills minister Anne Milton was quoted in a national newspaper saying: “Our [apprenticeship] reforms have fundamentally changed apprenticeships for the better. "It has taken some businesses longer to get going on their apprenticeship programmes...
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How the other half learn*

By Caro Walmsley | October 09

How the other half learn* Autumn signals the start of a new academic year and 2018 will see around 495,000 students placed in full-time UK higher education through UCAS (the University and Colleges Admissions Service). To give this number some...
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Why are we not talking about degree...

By Becca Dean | August 23

Last week FE weekly published an article on degree apprenticeships, questioning whether they are a viable alternative to University. Put simply, there are huge benefits to degree apprenticeships, both for the apprentice and the employer: The average starting salary for...
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The aspirations of Aisha

By Caro Walmsley | June 18

I recently spoke at a brilliant local skills festival organised by @WiredSussex(and powered by the indefatigable energy of @rifa). The delicious irony that the event specifically targetted the digital sector and that one of their speakers struggled to cope...