DS 95: Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2019), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. 12th -13th September 2019

Year: 2019
Editor: Bohemia, Erik; Kovacevic, Ahmed; Buck, Lyndon; Brisco, Ross; Evans, Dorothy; Grierson, Hilary; Ion, William; Whitfield, Robert Ian
Author: Humphries-Smith, Tania Maxine (1); White, Matthew (2); Hunt, Clive (1)
Series: E&PDE
Institution: 1: Bournemouth University, United Kingdom; 2: Bournemouth & Poole College, United Kingdom
Section: Industrial 1
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.35199/epde2019.97
ISBN: 978-1-912254-05-7


hat can lead to progression to higher education than those apprentices from middle and upwards socio-economic backgrounds.

As all these apprentices are employed in the engineering sector and as the content of the Advanced, Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are determined by industry there is a direct link with the theme of industrial involvement with design and engineering education.

First delivered in 2012/13, the particular FE college identified works in partnership with a local university to provide an integrated programme from completing a level 3 apprenticeship through HNC, FdEng, BEng to graduate with an MEng honours degree. This has resulted in a around two-thirds of Apprentices studying at level 3 making the transition to level 4 and thus higher education than the national average (

Keywords: apprenticeships; engineering; diversity; skills shortages; widening participation


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