Activities per year
This study explores the lived experience of apprentices on a degree-level programme and their perceptions of how elements of apprenticeship study that aren’t components of traditional degree study – i.e., off-the-job training – impact their learner journey. This article undertakes a thematic analysis following qualitative interviews with eleven apprentices, who are early-career academic professionals nearing the end of their apprenticeships. Key findings offer a mixed picture, and suggest that the study habits and preferences of apprentices are personal to individuals and are impacted on by employment workload and access to off-the-job study time. Apprentices indicate that many factors encroach on their ability to utilise the allocated off-the-job study time, primarily the ability to be released from employed work and conflicting priorities around meeting study, business, and personal needs. Apprentices suggest that in reality it is almost impossible for them to spend 20% of their working time on their studies. Recommendations are offered to both institutions and individuals, regarding the need for sound dialogue and the removal of barriers to ensure that apprentices can meet the contractual requirements of apprenticeship study.
|Journal||Journal of Education and Work|
|Early online date||26 Jan 2023|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Mar 2023|
- off-the-job training
- study habits
FingerprintDive into the research topics of 'Challenges, barriers and strategies for engaging in Level 7 apprenticeship studies'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
- 1 Participation in conference
Advance HE Learning and Teaching Conference 2023
Stuart Sims (Presented paper), Joanne Brindley (Presented paper), Richard Poole (Presented paper) & Fiona Cook (Presented paper)4 Jul 2023
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in conference