22 Apr 2019
Middlesex University has an extensive portfolio of work-relevant and professionally accredited courses with programmes which encompass and integrate academic, technical and vocational knowledge and skills. Through this distinct offer the university is boosting productivity and creating the skills needed for the work place in the fourth industrial revolution. The university works closely with schools, colleges and employers to create progression pathways to higher level learning and support learners to navigate the system and fulfil their potential. Developing apprenticeship routes to include the public sector and new professions, the university is broadening the range of opportunities available to young people.
Higher education is part of a broader tertiary skills system and Middlesex has close relationships with further education (FE) colleges including a strategic partnership with London’s Capital City College Group of FE colleges (City and Islington College, Westminster Kingsway College, and the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London), reaching over 40,000 learners with growing collaborative provision of courses and apprenticeships. Helping to clarify progression pathways through FE and HE should encourage more learners from a broader range of backgrounds to progress to higher level skills and qualifications. The aim is to create progression agreements to allow learners to progress seamlessly through the levels. In public services for example, CCCG offer a level 4 police community support officer apprenticeship that can lead on to a level 6 police constable apprenticeship at Middlesex.
The university sees apprenticeships as an important additional pathway to higher level learning, providing opportunities for learners to upskill while in the workplace. With programmes including Chartered Management, Construction, Teaching, Nursing, Police, Social Work and Digital Technology, Middlesex is focusing on degree apprenticeships to boost productivity and meet the economy’s digital and leadership skills needs. Through a new Business 2 Business Sales Professional degree apprenticeship working with Royal Mail and BT Middlesex is also collaborating with high profile employers.