BT and London Energy were among 16 businesses in attendance at a breakfast briefing on the future of degree apprenticeships, hosted by the University of Hertfordshire.

Businesses reflected on the current provision of degree apprenticeships and suggested improvements to them in a session chaired by the University of Hertfordshire’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Quintin Mckellar CBE.

Among topics discussed were the future of degree apprenticeships, how to embed greater flexibility in the way the programmes are delivered, including the greater use of blended learning, and diversity in apprenticeship recruitment. 

The University is a leading provider of degree apprenticeships and was one of the first to offer them back in 2017. It now offers 20 validated programmes in seven of its nine schools of study. The government introduced degree apprenticeships in 2014 as part of apprenticeship reforms, to offer degree programmes to learners who might otherwise find the cost of a university education prohibitive.

The University will use feedback from the briefing to further shape the development of the provision at the University and will also share its findings with key organisations to inform the delivery of apprenticeships nationally. 

Professor Quintin Mackellar CBE, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire, commented:“Our close links with local businesses are key to ensuring our degree apprenticeships offer learners the opportunity to gain a university degree while gaining valuable practical experience – a combination that will enhance their future employability.

“It’s vitally important that these programmes are business-led and that businesses input into shaping the way degree apprenticeship programmes are delivered, so they remain relevant to learners and equally suitable for employers.”