Learning Networks are working with UVAC and Construction Skills to facilitate and support the development of a Construction Higher Level Apprenticeship Framework (to include Foundation Degrees) as part or all of the Technical/Competence Qualification required by the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE).
The project was initiated by the LLN National Forum following the publication of their paper ‘Developing Higher Apprenticeships in England’, published in May 2010. The Project Summary and Terms of Reference are available here. The project is chaired by Jill Ward, former Director of Staffordshire, Shropshire, Stoke on Trent, Telford and Wrekin LLN.
We are proposing that the Foundation degree(s) would be delivered on a part-time basis. Assessment and validation of work-based learning and effective use of AP(E)L will be core to delivery. We are also aiming for coverage throughout England, with appropriate FE delivery partnerships and opportunities that cater for and respond to the geographical mobility of the workforce in the construction sector. We are aiming for the Higher Apprenticeship (incorporating appropriate Foundation degrees) to be available for delivery from September 2011. Foundation degrees will therefore need to be validated by the end of July 2011.
Two groups, an Advisory Group and and HE/FE Working Group have now been formed to progress the project. Click here to see the agendas, papers and meetings notes of the Working Group meetings held so far. The last meeting of the Working Group was held on 30th March in London - notes from this meeting are not yet available.
Below are some additional relevant papers: The construction Higher Apprenticeship, The Foundation degree Framework Specification for Construction Operations Management, Developing Higher Apprenticeships in England, Construction HA, Foundation Degree Framework Spec, Construction Project Summary and ToR.