Today my case study article for is published in the journal Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning. The article, ‘Work-based learning for the creative industries: A case study of the development of BA (Hons) web design and social media’, highlights the knowledge and insight gained building a work-based learning (WBL) degree apprenticeship developed through the Higher Education Funding Council for England Catalyst Fund.
In the summer of 2014 Ravensbourne, a UK university sector institution specialising in the fields of design and digital media, was invited by Creative Skillset to explore the development of a work-based learning (WBL) degree through the HEFCE Catalyst Fund. Requirements of the funding stipulated that, in addition to WBL provision, the course should be offered as a two-year fast-track. This was required to help reduce the increased financial burden placed on students, which arose from the substantial rise in HE tuition fees sanctioned by the UK coalition government in 2010. Subsequently, the newly elected Conservative government have pledged to substantially increase the number of apprenticeships in UK. This has placed a greater emphasis on the Higher Apprenticeship programme and need to develop WBL programmes.Continue reading