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The role of higher education institutions as employers of apprentices

Caleb Wright (Department of Human Resources, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK)

Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning

ISSN: 2042-3896

Article publication date: 22 July 2020

Issue publication date: 26 October 2020




A discussion piece of how apprenticeships can be used by HEIs as employers.


The paper explores the current apprenticeship landscape; what HEIs are already doing with apprenticeships; the arguments for using apprenticeships in the sector. There is then a case study on how the University of Birmingham uses apprenticeships before a discussion about future directions.


The paper reports that although there are a range of advantages for using apprenticeships, HEIs could still use apprenticeships more.


This paper uses a range of sources as detailed in the reference.



Wright, C. (2020), "The role of higher education institutions as employers of apprentices", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 651-657.



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