The challenges of managing degree apprentices in the workplace: a manager’s perspective

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620659
Title:
The challenges of managing degree apprentices in the workplace: a manager’s perspective
Authors:
Rowe, Lisa; Moss, Danny; Moore, Neil; Perrin, David
Abstract:
This paper explores the issues and challenges facing employers as they manage degree apprentices in the workplace. It examines the relationship between managers and apprentices undertaking a work-based degree. This research is of particular relevance at this time because of the UK government’s initiative to expand the number of apprenticeships in the workplace to three million new starts by 2020 inevitably bringing a range of pressures to bear on employers (BIS, 2015). The purpose is to share early experiences of employer management of degree apprenticeships, and provide a range of recommendations to develop and improve employer and HEI practice. This paper combines desk research with qualitative data drawn from interviews with a range of cross-sector organisations to investigate the employer’s experience of developing the new Degree Apprenticeships. The data is explored inductively using thematic analysis in order to surface dominant patterns and considers the implications of findings upon current and emerging HEI and employer practice and research. There were a number of key themes which emerged from the data collected. These included the need for effective, employer-led recruitment processes, careful management of expectations, sound HEI retention strategies, employer involvement and board level motivators to ensure organisational benefits are derived from effectively situated workplace learning and a focus upon effective, empowering mentoring and support strategies. As degree apprenticeship standards and programmes are currently at the early stages of implementation, and opportunities, funding and resourcing are rapidly changing in the context of government policy, so too will employer appetite and strategies for supporting degree apprentices, along with apprentice behaviour. This means that additional findings, beyond those highlighted within this paper may emerge in the near future. There are a number of practical implications supporting managerial development and support of degree apprentices in the workplace from this research. These are reflected in the findings, and include the development of flexible and collaborative processes, resources, mentor training and networks. This paper is one of the first published accounts of the employers’ perspective of managing a Degree Apprenticeship within the new policy context in the UK. As a result the work offers a unique insight into the emerging challenges and issues encountered by managers working with degree apprentices in the twenty first century business environment.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Rowe, L., Moss, D., Moore, N., & Perrin, D. (2017). The challenges of managing degree apprentices in the workplace: a manager’s perspective. Journal of Work-Applied Management, 9(2), 185-199. https://doi.org/10.1108/JWAM-07-2017-0021
Publisher:
Emerald
Journal:
Journal of Work Applied Management
Publication Date:
Nov-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620659
DOI:
10.1108/JWAM-07-2017-0021
Additional Links:
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/JWAM-07-2017-0021
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2205-2062
Appears in Collections:
Centre for Work Related Studies

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dc.contributor.authorRowe, Lisaen
dc.contributor.authorMoss, Dannyen
dc.contributor.authorMoore, Neilen
dc.contributor.authorPerrin, Daviden
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-18T13:31:52Z-
dc.date.available2017-10-18T13:31:52Z-
dc.date.issued2017-11-
dc.identifier.citationRowe, L., Moss, D., Moore, N., & Perrin, D. (2017). The challenges of managing degree apprentices in the workplace: a manager’s perspective. Journal of Work-Applied Management, 9(2), 185-199. https://doi.org/10.1108/JWAM-07-2017-0021en
dc.identifier.issn2205-2062-
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/JWAM-07-2017-0021-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620659-
dc.description.abstractThis paper explores the issues and challenges facing employers as they manage degree apprentices in the workplace. It examines the relationship between managers and apprentices undertaking a work-based degree. This research is of particular relevance at this time because of the UK government’s initiative to expand the number of apprenticeships in the workplace to three million new starts by 2020 inevitably bringing a range of pressures to bear on employers (BIS, 2015). The purpose is to share early experiences of employer management of degree apprenticeships, and provide a range of recommendations to develop and improve employer and HEI practice. This paper combines desk research with qualitative data drawn from interviews with a range of cross-sector organisations to investigate the employer’s experience of developing the new Degree Apprenticeships. The data is explored inductively using thematic analysis in order to surface dominant patterns and considers the implications of findings upon current and emerging HEI and employer practice and research. There were a number of key themes which emerged from the data collected. These included the need for effective, employer-led recruitment processes, careful management of expectations, sound HEI retention strategies, employer involvement and board level motivators to ensure organisational benefits are derived from effectively situated workplace learning and a focus upon effective, empowering mentoring and support strategies. As degree apprenticeship standards and programmes are currently at the early stages of implementation, and opportunities, funding and resourcing are rapidly changing in the context of government policy, so too will employer appetite and strategies for supporting degree apprentices, along with apprentice behaviour. This means that additional findings, beyond those highlighted within this paper may emerge in the near future. There are a number of practical implications supporting managerial development and support of degree apprentices in the workplace from this research. These are reflected in the findings, and include the development of flexible and collaborative processes, resources, mentor training and networks. This paper is one of the first published accounts of the employers’ perspective of managing a Degree Apprenticeship within the new policy context in the UK. As a result the work offers a unique insight into the emerging challenges and issues encountered by managers working with degree apprentices in the twenty first century business environment.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmeralden
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dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/en
dc.subjectWork based learningen
dc.subjectDegree apprenticeships,en
dc.subjectMentoringen
dc.subjectManagementen
dc.subjectMillennialsen
dc.subjectApprentice performanceen
dc.titleThe challenges of managing degree apprentices in the workplace: a manager’s perspectiveen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Work Applied Managementen
dc.date.accepted2017-09-19-
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