Dr Darryll Bravenboer from Middlesex University’s Institute for Work Based Learning comments on the CBI report ‘Tomorrow’s Growth’, which warns that the UK’s future skills gaps cannot be met by traditional university degrees alone.
Middlesex University, one of only two universities to be funded to develop degree level Higher Apprenticeships, is now delivering Higher Apprenticeships within the Care sector, Construction sector, Retail sector and Aviation sector.
He said: “I welcome this push from the CBI, perhaps the most powerful voice to date to insist that universities innovate and provide a diverse range of routes to high level qualifications.”
“As part of a university at the forefront of this work I still feel the need to battle against a polarized view, where talented people are told they must make a choice either between getting a university degree or going down an apprenticeships/work-based route.”
“For young people and their parents this won’t wash, and is a very tough choice to face while there is still an incorrect perception that apprenticeships are low level or untested as a route to professional success.”
“It’s time for more universities to join forces with industry and the professions to take up the challenge of providing high level apprenticeships and work-based degrees, as only then will this route have the weight and credibility parents, the Government and industry need to see.”
“There will always be a strong demand for traditional campus based degrees, but the universities creating the new breed of apprenticeships and work-based degree and masters level qualifications are providing a mix of theoretical and practical skills from the outset, through the workplace. This provides the best of both worlds; a university degree alongside professional recognition gained on the job.”