High Level Apprenticeship Academy

This will entail the creation of a new build state of the art Apprenticeship Learning Academy, which will deliver degree level apprenticeships dedicated to High Value Manufacturing (AME). The Academy will address the significant under capacity in HVM education. The CWLEP Skills Strategy (Jan 2015) indicates by 2020 “an across the board demand for higher level skills.

High Level Apprenticeship Academy

This will entail the creation of a new build state of the art Apprenticeship Learning Academy, which will deliver degree level apprenticeships dedicated to High Value Manufacturing (AME). The Academy will address the significant under capacity in HVM education. The CWLEP Skills Strategy (Jan 2015) indicates by 2020 “an across the board demand for higher level skills.

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Our Ambitions for a High Level Apprenticeship Academy

This promises to be extremely challenging, since over half of the additions to the workforce that will be required by that date are forecast to need to be qualified to Level 4 and above.” Moreover, the West Midland’s training infrastructure for the automotive sector has been deemed inadequate by a prominent industry group. The Academy will therefore respond to this need by delivering high quality education and learning programmes, and access to technical equipment to enable the apprentices to undertake research and innovation projects for the respective SMEs. 

Planning consent for the project is expected to be granted by 2019, with construction commencing soon after, although this process could potentially take place more rapidly, depending on when funding for the project were confirmed. Once operational, the Academy will reach a capacity of 250 apprentices enrolled at any one time, with a view to delivering 1,000 apprenticeships over a four year period. It will implement developed and validated programmes and integrate learning through a continuum with Further Education Colleges (who deliver Level2 and Level3 skills provision) and other industry training provision. The Academy will particularly target high growth SMEs within the HVM sector, and encourage take-up of the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy to part-fund these apprenticeships. 

The Apprenticeship Levy presents a major opportunity, given that it will incentivise companies to expand the strategic training of staff, stimulating significant increases in demand from manufacturing businesses, and encouraging additional companies to embrace training that is tailored to meet business needs. As the level of income that companies receive to support training has a direct relation to the level of the Levy that they pay, this is likely to stimulate high demand for apprenticeships within local manufacturers. 

The High Level Apprenticeship Academy is anticipated to create 1,000 Apprenticeships and support 100 Businesses.

"Coventry and Warwickshire is home to a wealth of global businesses and international talent, often those businesses tell us that they are unable to find and recruit enough skilled workers to meet their need across the range of the ladder of skills. As integral parts of their local communities, both as providers of higher level skill but also as major employers in their own right, the universities of the region are active and are determined to do still more to take on a key role in addressing this skills deficit. The University of Warwick has a strong reputation in working with businesses across the range of activities. Though the proposed Higher Level  Apprenticeship Academy, the University of Warwick is committed to working with employers and other education providers to pioneer an essential addition to the continuum of education provision in the region. and drive local economic growth"

Professor Stuart Croft 
Vice-Chancellor, Warwick University