All new Apprenticeships need to be approved by the University’s Apprenticeships and Skills Bootcamp Steering Group before any programme paperwork is completed. This is achieved through the submission of an Approval in Principle form, which is required for all new Apprenticeship programmes. 

There are two routes for creating a new Apprenticeship. The first is through an exceptional programme modification; this is to create an Apprenticeship version of an existing programme. The Apprenticeship does not need to be identical to the original programme being modified, but the name and content would be expected to be largely the same.

The second route is through a new programme proposal; in this case only the standalone New Programme Proposal form needs to be completed (as the questions in Part A, the Plan to Develop a New Programme, are covered by the Approval in Principle form).


The Role of the Apprenticeships and Skills Bootcamp Steering Group and Approval

The University’s Apprenticeships and Skills Bootcamp Steering Group (ASBSG) is responsible for managing the portfolio of Apprenticeships, ensuring proposals for new Apprenticeships fit with the University’s Apprenticeship strategy.

  1. Before completing a new programme proposal form or programme modification form, an Approval in Principle form (AiP) needs to be completed. The AiP form must specify which process is being used to create the Apprenticeship, either the exceptional programme modification or the new programme proposal process. 
  2. The AiP is submitted to the ASBSG, having been signed off by the Head of School and College Director of Education, in agreement with the Head of College.
  3. Assuming the AiP is approved by ASBSG, the full programme paperwork can then be developed and the programme can be promoted to employers. This paperwork will be either the (standalone) new programme proposal or an exceptional programme modification.
  4. The standard approval route for new programme proposals or exceptional modifications is then followed: the relevant forms and programme specification for the Apprenticeship need to be submitted to the School Education Committee (or equivalent), College Quality Assurance and Approval Committee (CQAAC), and then College Board (for all new programme proposals and for exceptional modifications only if College Board scrutiny is deemed to be necessary).
  5. The paperwork will then be re-submitted to ASBSG (rather than UQAC) for final approval.




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