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Semta: higher apprenticeship in advanced manufacturing and engineering Meeting the higher level skills challenge

Semta: higher apprenticeship in advanced manufacturing and engineering Meeting the higher level... Purpose – Responding to skills needs in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector, Semta are in the process of developing a higher apprenticeship (HA) in advanced manufacturing and engineering. The purpose of this paper is to present the motivations behind developing an HA in this area, what the framework will comprise of and how it will be delivered and impact on the sector. Design/methodology/approach – Information presented in the paper is drawn from the organisation's own work in developing an HA. It builds on information incorporated in the original bid and project outline, as well as future development plans. Findings – Higher level skills are vital to the success of advanced manufacturing and engineering (AME) employers, with many articulating a need to move up the value chain to skills at Level 4 and above. In response to this, Semta is leading the collaborative development of a Higher Apprenticeships Framework in Advanced Manufacturing at Levels 4 and 6. The need for a level 5 qualification is also being investigated. Further findings on the impact of the programme will become apparent when the programme is being delivered. Originality/value – The paper is based on the author's own experience and presents a case study of an apprenticeship programme specific to the author's organisation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning Emerald Publishing

Semta: higher apprenticeship in advanced manufacturing and engineering Meeting the higher level skills challenge

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
2042-3896
DOI
10.1108/20423891211271683
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Abstract

Purpose – Responding to skills needs in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector, Semta are in the process of developing a higher apprenticeship (HA) in advanced manufacturing and engineering. The purpose of this paper is to present the motivations behind developing an HA in this area, what the framework will comprise of and how it will be delivered and impact on the sector. Design/methodology/approach – Information presented in the paper is drawn from the organisation's own work in developing an HA. It builds on information incorporated in the original bid and project outline, as well as future development plans. Findings – Higher level skills are vital to the success of advanced manufacturing and engineering (AME) employers, with many articulating a need to move up the value chain to skills at Level 4 and above. In response to this, Semta is leading the collaborative development of a Higher Apprenticeships Framework in Advanced Manufacturing at Levels 4 and 6. The need for a level 5 qualification is also being investigated. Further findings on the impact of the programme will become apparent when the programme is being delivered. Originality/value – The paper is based on the author's own experience and presents a case study of an apprenticeship programme specific to the author's organisation.

Journal

Higher Education, Skills and Work-based LearningEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 28, 2012

Keywords: United Kingdom; Higher education; Apprenticeships; Advanced manufacturing technologies; Production engineering; Employers; Skills; Higher level; Level 4; Level 6

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