Degree apprenticeships

NEON Summit

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    9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Awareness among school pupils, parents and employers is holding back progress developing degree apprenticeships, despite the number of people starting degree apprenticeships rapidly growing.

A recent Universities UK report published in July 2019 showed four out of every five school pupils in Years 10 and 12 knew little or nothing at all about the application process for degree apprenticeships, and only 7% know about these course structures. In focus groups, however, when parents and school pupils discover more about them, they are enthusiastic.

This event will allow delegates to gain a full understanding of the opportunities, and challenges, degree apprenticeships offer potential students from groups traditionally under-represented in higher education. And explore ways to get students and parents more aware of degree apprenticeships.

This event is for: widening access and/or student recruitment senior managers and officers; careers advisors in schools; staff involved in NCOPs; any staff involved in providing information, advice and guidance about routes to higher education.

09:30 Registration

10:00 Introduction

10:10 Keynote: Degree apprenticeships – The challenges and opportunities for widening access
          Speaker: Nicola Turner MBE, Head of Access and Participation, Sector Practice, Office for Students

10:40 Keynote: Degree apprenticeships as a route to widen access to higher education – what does research tell us?
          Speaker: Georgia Siora, Managing Director, WECD 

11:10 Refreshments

11:30 How to move more learners towards degree apprenticeships

12.15 Keynote: Degree apprenticeships, a view from business

12:45 Lunch

13:40 NEON Research

14:10 Addressing the challenges and opportunities – What can NEON do next?

15:10 Panel discussion – Why must government, business and higher education continue to expand degree apprenticeships to widen access to higher education?
          Speakers: Sarah Cowan, Policy and Programmes Manager, National Centre for Universities and Business 

16:00 End of event


Membership organisation rate: £169 – 35% discount for members
Non-member organisation rate: £259
Please email Maria-Anna Petrou if you are unsure of your organisations NEON Membership status or click here.

Date: Friday 22 November
Time: 9.30am registration, 10am start until 4pm
Location: London, 9 minute walk from King’s Cross Station