HEFCW are currently developing Higher Apprenticeship framework/pathways at degree level and are working with Semta on the development of a pilot framework for the advanced engineering sector. The pilot forms part of the Welsh Government’s commitment to delivering 100,000 apprenticeships by 2020.
In June 2017, Miller Research were commissioned by SEMTA to undertake a short piece of research to understand employer demand for apprentices, as well as understanding the current development of degree level provision in Further and Higher Education Institutions in Wales.
The research approach consists of desk-based research into existing similar frameworks, i.e. trailblazers in England and HEFCW strategy documents; interviews with stakeholders in Welsh Government, HEFCW and HEIs, and a series of workshops with industry employer groups across Wales.
The research output will include recommendations on the structure of the pilot framework which is expected to be published in early 2018, for delivery from September 2018 onwards. Further employer consultation will take place after this initial research to further develop the framework so that it meets industry needs.