07 Dec 2018
MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (07 December) commented on the Education Select Committee’s report ‘Nursing degree apprenticeships: in poor health?’ which examines why so few nursing degree apprenticeships have been created and explores what action could be taken to ensure that anyone who wants to train as a nurse via a degree apprenticeship route is able to access a degree apprenticeship.
Dr Greg Walker, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, said:
“The Education Select Committee’s report into nursing degree apprenticeships is a much needed, timely intervention into the debate around degree apprenticeships.
“Modern universities are long-standing experts in the training and development of the nursing workforce in England, which includes offering opportunities to people from disadvantaged backgrounds and older students to ensure a diverse, representative nursing staff. They have many years of experience working in partnership with health trusts and hospitals to provide high-quality, highly-skilled nurse graduates into the NHS. They can only do this with sufficient, sustainable investment into both their own provision and into placement capacity with health care settings.
“The Committee is right to call for the IfA to consider increasing the investment into nursing degree apprenticeships, and to support the progression of nurses into post-graduate specialisms. The government should heed the advice of the select committee and ensure that universities and the NHS have the resources they need to work together to provide the highest quality nursing workforce.”
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