National Apprenticeship Week 2015, #NAW2015

New national report co-authored by our Vice-Chancellor


Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, has co-authored a new national report into the future of advanced vocational education in the UK.

The Future of Higher Vocational Education sets out a vision for “elite” vocational education in the UK in which high-quality apprenticeships achieve the same high-quality status as university degrees.

Co-authored by our Vice-Chancellor and Professor Sir Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Warwick, the report sets down how the future of advanced vocational education in the UK will give more young people a world-class education.

It calls for higher quality apprenticeships, integration with university research and partnership with industry and argues that high-quality apprenticeships are vital to investment and economic growth.

"The UK’s internationally respected universities have the potential to deliver something new and aspirational: an elite vocational education with the potential to change minds, lives and our economy." The Future of Higher Vocational Education

Professor Sir Burnett said: “All of the main political parties talk about the need to strengthen vocational education and to increase the number of apprentices, but there is still a real lack of clarity about the quality of these apprenticeships, how they link into the needs of the economy and industry and how we ensure that the young people who engage in them really do go on to the very best jobs.”

The AMRC was the first of the UK’s national specialist research and development facilities to recognise the needs of industry for a new kind of highly skilled and vocationally adept engineering apprenticeship programme leading to degree level study.

On Wednesday 11 March the first cohort of these 250 advanced apprentices, who are employed and sponsored by engineering companies ranging from Rolls-Royce and TATA to smaller supply chain firms, will attend an Apprentices Award Dinner in Sheffield.

The event will highlight the achievements of a new form of apprentices, highly praised by Director of Global Manufacturing at Rolls-Royce Hamid Mughal.

Mr Mughal commented: “If I was 16 years old and I was given a hundred choices for careers, I would choose here every time. You cannot ask for a better environment for tomorrow’s engineers to create the complex, customer-oriented values and solutions for industry, the economy and for the UK than this environment.”