Doctoral Apprenticeships and the “ladder of opportunity”
Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning
Article publication date: 27 May 2020
Issue publication date: 26 October 2020
This discussion paper supports the new development of Apprenticeships at Level 8 of the UK’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (QAA, 2014). This exciting development, one that employers and universities had been waiting for paves the way for, apprenticeships, sold as the ladder of opportunity, to go all the way to the top.
Here, we explore in brief the emergence of the new apprenticeship landscape and the importance of the addition of this new highest of levels.
Importantly, however, we make the case that such progress needs to be met with an equally progressive approach to the design of the new doctoral pathway.
We sketch out a possible shell for the assessment of a Doctoral Apprenticeship, one that allows for flexible occupationally relevant inputs to create an applicable role-based and academically rigourous whole.
The importance of such a design is discussed within the context of the potential for impact in three priority areas: social justice, broadening the talent pool and ensuring the relevance and sustainability of the doctoral award.
Senior, R., Cleaver, E., Queiros, G., King, H. and Barnett, K. (2020), "Doctoral Apprenticeships and the “ladder of opportunity”", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 673-685. https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-12-2019-0170
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