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The Potential for Higher Apprenticeships: Research Report

Principal focus of the project

The focus of the research was to analyse and reflect systematically upon the growth of higher level apprenticeships development and delivery through analysis of learner records, surveys and interviews in order to explore the growth and policy development potential of Higher Apprenticeships.

Areas of learning
What is this about and what were the main findings?

The report found that effective Higher Apprenticeship providers need tight relationships with their relevant sectors and employers to better understand the professions, be flexible and adaptable, and be designed for businesses rather than for developers or providers. Funding was highlighted as an important issue for providers. The research also highlighted the need for further work to develop an understanding of Higher Apprenticeships amongs employers, learners and in schools

Number of participants who worked with the project
Name(s) of authors

Colin Bentwood - Strategic Development Network

Name of associate programmes

LSIS Research Development Fellowship


A research report exploring the status and future potential for Higher Apprenticeship development and delivery.