Towards a sustainable apprenticeship system

Mandy Samantha Crawford-Lee (University of Bolton, Bolton, UK)

Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning

ISSN: 2042-3896

Publication date: 14 November 2016



The purpose of this paper is to provide a short overview of current government policy and context to the development of higher and degree apprenticeships and the engagement of higher education (HE) providers in delivery to achieve the ambition of three million apprenticeship starts by 2020.


Opinion piece contextualising the UK Government’s approach to apprenticeship reforms and the role of HE and further education in the design and development and delivery of higher and degree apprenticeships.


The apprenticeship system is at a critical stage of development and HE providers need to embrace the opportunities and address the competitive challenges of apprenticeship delivery given the £2.5 billion per annum that will be raised by the apprenticeship levy and the threat to their existing and traditional HE provision.


Reflects the ambition and mission of the University Vocational Awards Council.



Crawford-Lee, M. (2016), "Towards a sustainable apprenticeship system", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 6 No. 4, pp. 324-328.

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