The importance of gaining meaningful engagement from both participants and employers in order to maximise the benefits of undertaking a degree apprenticeship in the UK

Booth, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-8791-9540, 2019. The importance of gaining meaningful engagement from both participants and employers in order to maximise the benefits of undertaking a degree apprenticeship in the UK. In: BAM2019 Conference Proceedings: Building And Sustaining High Performance Organisations During Uncertain Times. London: British Academy of Management (BAM). ISBN 9780995641327

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Abstract

This development paper aims to explore the perspectives of participants following degree apprenticeships (DA) and their opinions relating to the influence of their employers on this experience. Degree apprenticeships combine university study and work-based learning to enable apprentices to gain a full bachelor’s or master’s degree whilst in full-time employment. Initial forecasts indicated a target of 3 million apprenticeships would be generated under the UK government’s workplace levy (imposed on all UK organisations with a wage bill of more than £3 million) by 2020 (Woolcock 2018). Of these, one million are expected to be degree apprenticeships (Chartered Management Institute 2018).

Preliminary research highlights the experiences of degree apprenticeship participants in terms of the development of their professional identity. The findings indicated that participants’ sense of professional identity developed positively through the work-based learning programme. However, feelings of professional frustration resulting from organisational issues such as lack of opportunity and support had a disproportionately negative impact on the participants sense of professional identity. These findings informed the development of the model below that can be used by academics, practitioners, employers and policy makers to inform good practice in the development and delivery of DA.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Description: Paper presented at the British Academy of Management Annual Conference (BAM2019), Aston University, Birmingham, 3-5 September 2019.
Creators: Booth, J.
Publisher: British Academy of Management (BAM)
Place of Publication: London
Date: 3 September 2019
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Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 19 Nov 2019 09:20
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:20
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/38366

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