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Asked on: 21 May 2018
Department for Education
Apprentices: Degrees
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether there are any requirements that must be satisfied in order for bachelor’s degrees pursued at an institution of higher education in (a) England (b) Scotland (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland to be described by that institution as as a degree apprenticeship.
Answered by: Anne Milton
Answered on: 30 May 2018

Skills is a devolved matter in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and it is for the devolved administrations to decide how they develop skills policy, including apprenticeships.

In England, providers who want to deliver apprenticeship training, including higher education institutions (HEIs) offering degree apprenticeships, must be on the register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP): https://roatp.apprenticeships.sfa.bis.gov.uk/download. Over 100 HEIs are on the RoATP. Employers must choose a provider from the register to deliver their apprenticeship training.

A degree can be included in an English apprenticeship if the degree meets the mandatory qualifications criteria laid out in the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) guidance. The IfA website lists the degree level apprenticeships that include a degree: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org.

The Enterprise Act 2016 protects the term ‘apprenticeship’ to make sure that training providers cannot brand their products as apprenticeships if they do not meet our core quality requirements.

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