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A high-level Forum for academics and employers developing and delivering degree apprenticeships in engineering. The EPC will be publishing a green paper for successful degree apprenticeships in engineering, outlining considerations that employers, providers and other stakeholders should keep in mind to ensure the highest academic standards are protected and the best learning experience is delivered. The Forum is intended as an opportunity for that green paper to be debated.

This green paper arises out of our extensive work over the past couple of years on the delivery of the recommendations of the Perkins Review of Engineering Skills (in particular in the areas of postgraduate specialist skills, embedding work experience and placements into academic programmes).


The Government reforms of apprenticeships and technical education have given employers a core role in specifying the knowledge and skills an individual need to perform well in a certain occupation. There are currently 160 apprenticeship standards approved for ‘engineering’, at all levels (as of 9 June 2017). However, the development of degree apprenticeships (levels 6 and 7) is still in the beginning, with just 14 standards developed by trailblazer groups.

The scope of EPC's green paper is Engineering Degree Apprenticeships. It outlines what the EPC, and the wider Engineering Higher Education sector, would recommend to Government, Employers, HEIs, the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education and other stakeholders, as a guide to best practice in the delivery of engineering degree apprenticeships. The focus of the paper is on how to streamline the process of developing engineering degree apprenticeships, ensuring the quality of students’ learning experience, and the most effective integration of the practical and academic elements of the apprenticeship.


The forum is aimed at a wide audience of academics, employers and engineers interested in degree apprenticeships in engineering.


09:30 – 10:00 Registration and Coffee

10:00 – 10:05 Welcome

10:05 – 10:30 Keynote session. Peter Lauener – IfA Chief Executive

10:30 – 11:20 Session 1: Learners’ experience and outcomes

Chair: Mike Bramhall Sheffield Hallam University

Miles Pixley, General Manager Technical & Professional Development at JCB

Kathryn Roberts, Apprentice Programme Lead – KPMG

11:20 – 11:35 Coffee Break

11:35 – 12:25 Session 2: Collaboration between HEI’s and Employers

Chair: Mike Sutcliffe Kingston University London

Sam Moorwood, Head of Employer Partnerships – Directorate of Education and Employer Partnerships. Sheffield-Hallam University

Mukesh Limbachiya, Head of Natural and Built Environment Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. Kingston University London

Charlotte Fisher-Morecroft, Early Professionals Manager, Degree Apprenticeships Scheme Lead UK Foundation- IBM Early Professional Programmes

12:25 – 13:15 Session 3: Accreditation and Assessment

Chair: Georgina Harris Manchester Metropolitan University

Catherine Elliot, Education and Skills Manager Engineering Council

John Beattie – The Institution of Engineering and Technology

13:15 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 14:50 Session 4: Funding

Chair: Jane Reid – Queen Mary University of London

Greg Wade, Project Manager Universities UK

14:50 – 15:40 Session 5: Parity of Esteem

Chair: Johnny Rich, Chief Executive Engineering Professors' Council

Robin Mellors-Bourne – CRAC The Career Development Organisation

15:40 – 16:00 Closing session

Mike Sutcliffe – Kingston University London

For further information, please contact Inês Direito, EPC Policy and Research Officer,

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