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Our workforce development expertise

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Middlesex University introduced the first business degree some 50 years ago and since then we have continued to work with a wide range of businesses developing a bespoke response to their workforce development.

Our recent clients

  • Worldpay
  • Consalia
  • Halifax Bank
  • Mitsubishi
  • Asda
  • Royal Mail
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Toshiba Tec
  • Sony Mobile

Middlesex's record of achievement in work-integrated learning and apprenticeships

Middlesex University has joined forces with professionals and industry leaders to explore new ways in which they can use work-based learning processes to improve their skills and knowledge. This has included developing a broad range of higher education qualifications and degrees (including degree apprenticeships) that enable individuals to gain professional recognition and enhance their careers.

The expertise and long-standing experience demonstrated at Middlesex University and the recognised high quality of programmes delivered has made the University a leader in professional education in the UK and internationally. Middlesex University’s expertise in professional and work-based higher education has also been recognised by:

  • The award of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for innovation in work-based learning
  • Designation as a Centre of Excellence for work-based learning by the Higher Education Academy
  • Being awarded the largest HEFCE workforce development project in the country
  • Being one of only two HEIs in the country awarded a Skills Funding Agency project to develop higher and degree apprenticeships
  • Being listed by HEFCE as a degree apprenticeship case study
  • Commendations by the QAA for work-based learning
  • Membership of the QAA Advisory Group to develop the higher and degree apprenticeship Characteristics Statement
  • Being listed by the European Commission as a best practice case study for university-business collaboration through work-based learning
  • Middlesex has a track record of developing higher and degree apprenticeship provision in the following sectors: construction, aviation, retail, care, management, digital industries, sales and higher education
  • Being awarded the maximum HEFCE Degree Apprenticeship Development Funding (DADF2) to provide ‘Access to the Professions in London through Public Sector Degree Apprenticeships’, which includes providing Degree Apprenticeships for Police Officers, Nurses, Teachers and Social Workers.

Recent higher and degree apprenticeship developments

  • Middlesex University is currently registered with the Skills Funding Agency as a higher and degree apprenticeship provider and aims to build on its significant experience and expertise to maximise the potential for the development of integrated degree apprenticeships in partnership with employers
  • Our Institute for Work-Based Learning has deployed its expertise in professional and work-based learning, working with the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC) and other bodies to promote UK university engagement with the apprenticeship agenda since 2010
  • Strategically, Middlesex University is committed to building on its expertise in developing higher and degree apprenticeships and is interested in working with key employers who have identified a clear need for workforce development
  • The University has significant experience of delivering professional learning in a wide range of fields but the flexibility of our work-based curriculum framework means that it can develop provision in any sector.

Case studies

Construction Management

Middlesex was one of only two universities nationally to be awarded a Higher Apprenticeship Development Fund contract by the SfA. Working with UK Contractors Group employers, Middlesex developed three work-based degree programmes. This resulted in the development and approval of the Higher Apprenticeship Framework in Construction Management issued by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). This Framework includes the following Middlesex University degrees:

FdA Professional Practice in Construction Operations Management

BA (Hons) Professional Practice in a Construction Site Management Degree Apprenticeship

BA (Hons) Professional Practice in a Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management Degree Apprenticeship

The University has also developed the following ‘Degree Apprenticeship ready’ programme:

BSc (Hons) Professional Practice in Engineering Management

"This is an exciting time in my life but also a challenging step up the academic ladder. The course has helped me understand what is expected of me going forward. The opportunity is a massive positive and I'm very excited about my future," Shaun Horrill, FdA Professional Practice in Construction Operations Management

Care Leadership and Management

Middlesex was contracted by Skills for Care to develop a work-based programme as part of the Higher Apprenticeship Framework in Care Leadership and Management. This approved Framework includes a Middlesex University Higher Diploma Professional Practice in Learning and Managing Care Services programme that provides the opportunity for Care Managers to specialize in Dementia Care; Quality and Service Improvement; Safeguarding; or End of Life Care.

Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen said: “Our sector has seen a huge rise in the number of apprentices and it made sense to offer higher apprenticeships to our future leaders who will be at the forefront of delivering high quality care in our communities. The work we have done with the team at Middlesex University is a model of how we can work together with education to create a high quality product.”

Middlesex has also developed the BA (Hons) Professional Practice in Care Leadership and Management (Degree Apprenticeship ready) programme as a progression route for Care Managers completing the higher apprenticeship.

Creative Industries

Middlesex was contracted by HEFCE as a partner university for the Creative Skillset project ‘Exploring Higher Level Apprenticeships in Higher Education’. The project objective was to develop and test robust models of Degree Apprenticeships, with undergraduate and postgraduate awards embedded, in order to demonstrate that these new models are attractive to employers, students and higher education institutions. The project involved working with Creative Skillset and other universities to develop undergraduate and postgraduate degree apprenticeship ready programmes in a range of creative industry professions. Middlesex has recently developed two work-based degree apprenticeship programmes in visual effects: BA (Hons) Professional Practice in Visual Effects and MA Professional Practice in Visual Effects.

Professional Aviation Pilot Practice

Middlesex was contracted by People 1st to develop a work-based degree for the higher apprenticeship in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice Framework for individuals seeking a career as a commercial airline pilot. This resulted in the approval of the Degree Apprenticeship Framework which includes the Middlesex University BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice qualification. This work-based programme is highly innovative and is the only programme nationally that fully integrates Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) training to gain an Airline Transport Pilots Licence (ATPL) or Multi-crew Pilots Licence (MPL) with the first year of commercial flying as a First Officer. This initiative was also recognised in the Guardian University Awards coming runner-up in the Business Partnership category for our work with our partner CTC Aviation.

CTC Aviation secure 98% placement of qualified pilots with commercial airlines such as easyJet, Virgin Air, British Airways and many others. The partnership with CTC Aviation and Middlesex University also includes a three way Memorandum of Understanding to promote pilot progression through the work-based Middlesex degree with easyJet. Middlesex also works with Tayside Aviation in partnership with Logan Air and with Helicentre Aviation Academy. There is significant potential for the introduction of the apprenticeship levy to incentivise commercial airlines to invest in the on-the job training of pilots through the degree apprenticeship.

Retail Management

Middlesex has a track record of developing work-based higher education programmes for the retail sector having previously worked with Marks and Spencer and currently working nationally with Asda and Halifax Retail Bank. Middlesex is also a member of the National Skills Academy for Retail Higher Education Advisory Group. As a member of the SfA funded Higher Apprenticeship in Retail Management consortium Middlesex contributed to the development of the level 4 Higher Apprenticeship and was specifically contracted by People 1st to develop a work-based Foundation Degree for Higher Apprenticeship at level 5.

Middlesex has validated a BA (Hons) Retail Management programme for Asda as a key aspect of their workforce development strategy. The degree integrates Asda Retail Academy in-company training with work-based university modules. The Asda programme (although not constructed as a degree apprenticeship at present) is a model of what a degree apprenticeship should be as the integration of in-company training ensures that the programme is fully aligned with the talent management strategies of the employer. The programme also offers ‘step on and step off’ entry and exit qualifications that lead to specific management job roles, from Section Leader to General Store Manager. The work-based approach ensures that the learning required to complete the degree also has business benefits to the employer through the enhancement of working practice. The co-development and delivery model for this work-based degree provides a highly innovative and transferable approach for degree apprenticeship development.


Middlesex University London has partnered with global payment processing company Worldpay Group plc to deliver a master’s degree in Management in the International Payments Ecosystem - the first of its kind in the payments sector. The flexible nature of the programme means that Worldpay employees continue to work while they study, using online tools and completing work-based assessments. Worldpay students learn topics including payment industry fundamentals, business strategy, management perspectives and research methods.

Academics at Middlesex University's Business School designed the course in collaboration with the Worldpay Academy, an initiative that aims to build leadership and management capabilities. "This unique degree allows Worldpay colleagues to combine professional business learning with academia, enabling them to identify and research new trends that are shaping international payments", says Andy Doyle, Chief HR Officer at Worldpay. The programme was designed through a combination of Worldpay in-house workshops and Middlesex University bespoke modules. The qualification was created with reference to the QAA subject benchmark standard for master’s degrees in Business and Management.

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