Degree apprenticeships

NEON Summit

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    9:30 am - 4:00 pm

“It is vital to widen opportunities for disadvantaged learners to access and succeed in degree apprenticeships, and there is further to go to encourage minority ethnic and disabled learners to follow this route.” Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive, Office for Students

Degree apprenticeships are a key qualification to facilitate widening access, however the profile of degree apprenticeships needs to be raised and it is vital that practitioners are able to give prospective students high quality information, advice and guidance about their options.

This NEON summit will allow widening access practitioners to hear from policy makers, other practitioners and employers. It will enable us to discuss the progress of degree apprenticeships so far and how we can raise awareness of this important qualification amongst those currently under-represented in higher education. The event will take place on Friday 22 November in central London.

Delegates will:

  • Gain an understanding of the opportunities, and challenges, degree apprenticeships offer potential students from groups traditionally under-represented in higher education.
  • Learn from recent research about the effectiveness of degree apprenticeships in widening access.
  • Explore ways to raise awareness of degree apprenticeships through examples of best practice.
  • Hear why degree apprenticeships are a key qualification for businesses.


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

10:40 Keynote: How are degree apprenticeships widening access at the University of Derby

11:10 Refreshments

11:30 How to move more learners towards degree apprenticeships

12.15 Keynote: Widening access to degree apprenticeships

12:45 Lunch

13:40 NEON Research

14:10 Addressing the challenges and opportunities

15:10 Panel discussion – Why must government, business and higher education continue to expand degree apprenticeships to widen access to higher education?

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