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Review of Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship standard

The Secretary of State for Education, GavinWilliamson, has written to Jennifer Coupland, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education asking her to review the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship standard to ensure it is meeting its intended aims and providing value for money.

Our statment on this can be found below

“We welcome that the Education Secretary has asked IFATE to review the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship standard. Mr Williamson is correct to question whether the levy should “be used to pay for staff, who are often already highly qualified and highly paid, to receive an MBA.”

At a time where smaller employers are struggling to access apprenticeship funding, and starts for intermediate apprenticeships have fallen dramatically, the continued prevalence of MBA apprenticeships has contributed to the development of an unequitable apprenticeship system. We hear anecdotally that MBA apprenticeships have provided a ready mechanism for large companies to spend their levy, when otherwise that cash could be used to pay for apprenticeships elsewhere in the system.

We need to strike a better balance between apprenticeships as a vehicle of opportunity for young people and a route to upskill those already in work. We welcome a review into this standard, and think it marks a step in the right direction.”

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