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Best practice in work-integrated learning for degree apprenticeships

On the 11 September 2018, we hosted a national event to share best practice in the development and delivery of public sector apprenticeships to help organisations and education providers train the qualified, skilled workers needed to deliver essential public services.

The conference saw the launch of a new report detailing outcomes from Middlesex University’s national project to develop and launch apprenticeships for police officers, nurses, teachers and social workers. The project is being delivered by Middlesex together with public sector partners.

The morning panelThe afternoon panelProfessor Tim Blackman

Best practice conference

Watch our highlights of the Best practice conference featuring interviews from guests and speakers as well as key parts from the presentations and workshops.


Download a copy of the Conference Agenda for more information on the speakers, the workshops and the overall aims of the day. Please see below for copies of the panel session and workshops slides and handouts.

Key note

Dr Finbar Lillis, Project Researcher, Middlesex University

Policy panel session*

Nicola Turner, Head of Skills, Office for Students

Greg Wade, Policy Manager, Universities UK

Professor Tim Blackman, Vice Chancellor, Middlesex University

Jane Hadfield, National Programme Manager - Apprenticeships, Health Education England

Sue Shoveller, Chair of Teacher Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group

Jane Hanrahan, Chair for the Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group

Kevyn Burns, Implementation Manager, College of Policing

Greg WadeJane HadfieldKevyn Burns


EPA Relationship Manager – End Point Assessment: Start with the End in Mind

  • Chantelle Gray, EPA Relationship Manager, Chartered Management Institute

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  • Employer/provider collaboration - effective learner journeys in the delivery of the police constable degree apprenticeships

    • David John Pearson, Managing Director, Premier Partnership
    • Julian Parker-McLeod, Director, Centre of Excellence for Policing Studies

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  • Developing nurse apprenticeships within London - complexities and solutions

    • Dr Sinead Mehigan, Head of Department Adult, Child and Midwifery, Middlesex University
    • Marion Taylor, Associate Professor in Nursing, Director of Programmes - Nursing, Middlesex University

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  • Working to learn - the workplace as the primary learning environment

    • Maighread Hegarty, Deputy Director for Academic Quality and Enhancement, London South Bank University

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  • Graduate apprenticeship skills recognition, acquisition and application for the public sector

    • Professor Sally Smith, Dean of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University
    • Dr Ella Taylor-Smith, Senior Research Fellow, School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University

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  • Challenges and opportunities for the Policing Education Qualifications Framework - apprenticeships and beyond

    • Dr Sarah Fox, Senior Lecturer in Policing, Middlesex University

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  • Best practice in delivering BSc Degree Apprenticeship to in-post healthcare scientists

    • Dr Victoria Davenport, Programme Leader - Apprenticeship Degree in Healthcare Science, UWE Bristol
    • Dr Antony Hill, Academic Director Student Journey, UWE Bristol
    • Dr Fiona Lawrence, Director of Workforce Transformation and Educational
      Partnerships, UWE Bristol

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  • Drawing from the work-based learning toolbox to build degree apprenticeships for the public sector

    • Professor Carol Costley, Head of Research, Head of Research Degree at the Faculty of Professional and Social Sciences, Middlesex University
    • Professor Jonathan Garnett, Emeritus Professor, Director, Garnett Professional Development (GPD) Ltd

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  • Lessons from new fast-track work-based routes into social work: Implications for apprenticeship models

    • Professor Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Professor in Social Care, Middlesex University
    • Dr Lucille Allain, Associate Professor in Social Work, Director of Programmes - Social Work, Middlesex University
    • Edward Carter, Senior lecturer in Social Work, Programme Leader, Middlesex University
    • Sarah Lewis-Brooke, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Programme Leader – Undergraduate Social Work, Middlesex University

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*Please note, the slides and presentations will only be available until January 3 2019

Best practices

This video was shown throughout the day at the conference and is a series of 5 short films on Best Practices in work-integrated learning for degree apprenticeships. They feature Middlesex University sector experts, focusing on the key success characteristics of their best practice examples.

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