Supporting Degree Apprenticeships

An expert-led PebblePad symposium - noteworthy ideas guaranteed.



With demand for degree apprenticeships expected to be high, many higher education institutions are in the process of assessing their readiness to address the challenges of degree apprenticeship delivery. This symposium aims to spark discussion around the planning, implementation and delivery of degree apprenticeships, from effective employer-engagement to supporting remote learning, through to the flexibility of an organisation’s technology armoury to support the creation of diverse competency frameworks, which can be securely assessed by external parties.

PebblePad symposiums are always high on value and low on cost, and this expert-led event is no exception. That’s why we think it should be marked in indelible ink in the calendars of anyone involved in supporting degree apprenticeships, end point assessment (including the role of eportfolio) and for those involved in all things strategy and vision in the context of degree apprenticeships.

Date, Time, Location

Supporting Degree Apprenticeships
Date: Thursday, 14th December 2017
Time: 10.00 - 15.30
Address: thestudio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP, UK
Facilitators: Adrian Anderson, Prof Jonathan Green, Lisa Gray, Patrick Viney
Price: £75.00 incl. VAT (20%)



  • 1000 - Registration and Refreshments
  • 1030 - Welcome
  • Adrian Anderson - Chief Executive UVAC (Universities Vocational Awards Council)
      Successfully Establishing Degree Apprenticeships in Higher Education
      Adrian will talk about the background to degree apprenticeships, the employer/institution/learner relationship, integrated degrees and end-point assessment.
  • Professor Jonathan Green - Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, University of Birmingham
      An institutional case-study
      Jon will discuss how the University of Birmingham is responding to the opportunities and challenges of degree apprenticeships including how they are working closely with industry partners to design programmes to prepare young people for the changing world of work and to equip them with industry required skills.
  • 1300 - 1330 - Lunch & refreshments
  • Lisa Gray - Senior Co-Design Manager, Student Experience, JISC
      The digital dimension
      With the recent transformation of apprenticeship delivery in England with the introduction of new, employer-led standards and accompanying growth of provision, Jisc are exploring how they can best support higher and further education institutions looking to deliver new higher and degree apprenticeships. "Are universities and colleges prepared for delivering to what could be a new and diverse cohort of learners? What are the expectations and needs of employers? Do our current technologies support this new landscape? Where can a digital approach add value? These are some of the questions that we’ll explore during this session, as Jisc introduces new research into this new and exciting area."
  • Patrick Viney - Senior Technology Enhanced Learning Adviser (Degree Apprenticeships), University of Northumbria
      Degree Apprenticeships – The Evidence Challenge
      Degree apprenticeships present a unique challenge to higher education institutions in respect of the gathering, sharing and use of workplace experiences and evidence. In this presentation, Patrick Viney, Senior Learning Technologist for Degree Apprenticeships at Northumbria University will explore these challenges and demonstrate the Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice solution developed at Northumbria University. The Northumbria solution utilises PebblePad and ATLAS to provide a framework for capturing workplace evidence and through a process of structured reflection and academic reflective writing creates an on-going synergy between workplace experiences and academic learning. Ultimately, during the end-point assessment, the apprentice will be able to present the best of their evidence in a PebblePad portfolio to demonstrate their learning and competence against the wide range of apprenticeship standards.
  • 1530 - Close

As with all PebblePad hosted events there will be ample opportunity for discussion, idea sharing, idea creation, lunch and cake.

*Programme subject to change


Who should attend?

  • Directors of Careers & Employability
  • Apprenticeship course leaders
  • Learning technologists involved in degree apprenticeships
  • Careers advisors and staff involved in embedding employability in the curriculum
  • Any member of staff involved in creating strategy, policy and innovation
  • Directors of Education
  • Apprenticeships Managers
  • Business Development Managers
  • Programme Managers and Directors
  • Heads of Learning
  • Deans of Schools
  • Heads of Partnerships
  • Heads of Departments
  • Lecturers
  • Heads of Partnership Teams
  • Project Managers

Please note the above is not an exhaustive list and we see the event benefiting any professional involved in future ready initiatives within their organisation.