Our Business Development Manager for Higher Education, Dr Jamie Mackay, recently had the opportunity to speak at the Alternative Futures in Higher Education conference, run by Neil Stewart Associates. The theme of the event was very much about the sector looking forward and asking itself: What are the different possible pathways for HE — not just in terms of provision, but also delivery methods (including use of new technologies), types of institutions, learner demographics and demand from employers. Although a relatively small conference, there was some excellent representation from across the HE sector, together with some employers, among the 25 or so delegates.
As the conference took place during National Apprenticeships Week 2016, there was a particular focus on Higher / Degree Apprenticeships, and this garnered a good deal of productive discussion. It was also pleasing to see Further Education being mentioned as a powerful ally to help advise on employer engagement. That said, it was noticeable that there are still lots of universities yet to “wake up” to the apprenticeship agenda and the rewards that could be reaped.
You can view Jamie’s presentation — Productivity, Core Missions and Impacts — below: