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How are we positioning degree apprenticeships? Analysis of adverts

Fabian, Khristin; Taylor-Smith, Ella; Smith, Sally


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Prof Sally Smith
Head of Graduate Apprenticeships and Skills Development and Professor


Degree apprentices are recruited by employers, rather than universities, reflecting their status as paid employees, first and foremost. This study analysed job adverts for IT degree apprenticeship roles to investigate the: skills, attributes, and qualifications employers listed; job responsibilities; and salaries offered. Degree apprenticeship job adverts were scraped, over a year, from English and Scottish official apprenticeship websites and subjected to content analysis (n=290). The findings highlighted a wide range of salaries, with nearly a third falling below the contemporary minimum wage; similar entrance qualifications for HE places, with few mentioning technical qualifications or direct entry routes; required skills and attributes resembled those that employers are seeking (and claiming to find lacking) in graduates and also the same skills that the apprenticeships claim to develop. Few provided good descriptions of what the apprentice would be expected to do. The findings can be used to support apprenticeship providers in influencing employers.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name SRHE International Conference on Research into Higher Education
Start Date Dec 6, 2021
End Date Dec 10, 2021
Acceptance Date Sep 30, 2021
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Nov 29, 2021
Book Title SRHE International Conference on Research into Higher Education
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