Apprenticeship as a Route to Higher Education: Apprentices' and Employers' Views

By:
Tamsin Bowers-Brown
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In 2004 a study was conducted by researchers at Sheffield Hallam University into barriers faced by Advanced (Modern) Apprentices in progressing to higher education. The research was conducted in Colleges in Northern England using interviews with apprentices. A second stage of the research involved interviewing employers about their perspectives of supporting apprentice progression to higher education. The research is part of a larger "Building Pathways" project concerning the Widening Participation agenda, part of the remit of which is to define, clarify and articulate pathways to progression in higher education for students on vocational post-compulsory courses. This article explores the recent government policy to widen participation in higher education through an analysis of recent literature and policy documents such as the White Papers 'The Future of Higher Education' and '21st Century Skills'. The interview data is explored within the context of widening participation and the barriers to progression. Initial findings show that expectations, employer support, financial support and time are all crucial for apprentices seeking to progress.


Keywords: Apprenticeship, Work Based Learning, Vocational Education, Further and Higher Education, Widening Participation
Stream: Adult, Vocational, Tertiary and Professional Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Tamsin Bowers-Brown

Research Associate, Centre for Research and Evaluation, Sheffield Hallam University
UK

Tamsin conducts mostly qualitative research, her expertise is in interviewing ( both telephone and face-to-face). Tamsin graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2000 with a BA Honours in Social and Political studies, she continued her studies at Sheffield completing a Masters in Political Communication in 2001. Before working at CRE Tamsin spent a year in local government working as a researcher.

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