Darren Watson

Darren Watson

HE Policy Adviser, Subjects and Skills, HEFCE

With other colleagues in HEFCE’s Subjects and Skills team, I am responsible for supporting HEFCE’s degree apprenticeship activity. This includes managing the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund, which has seen £4.5 million of funding distributed to higher education providers to support the development of new degree apprenticeships for delivery from September 2017. In addition to the DADF, I am also responsible for the Engineering Conversion Course Pilot Scheme and for modern foreign languages within HEFCE. Prior to joining HEFCE in 2014, I worked for over a decade in a variety of roles in higher education institutions.

Experiences of Developing Degree Apprenticeships

Hall 11a

With the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, it is anticipated that degree apprenticeships will expand significantly in number. A number of higher education providers will have developed degree apprenticeships in order to meet the expected demand from employers, and this session would provide an opportunity for interested providers to discuss their experiences and exchange ideas. […]