The creative industries and degree apprenticeships: the benefits and challenges of adoption for small and micro businesses

Riley, Tim ORCID logoORCID: (2020) The creative industries and degree apprenticeships: the benefits and challenges of adoption for small and micro businesses. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, 11 (1) . pp. 1-17. ISSN 2042-3896 [Article] (doi:10.1108/HESWBL-03-2020-0043)

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify the needs and receptiveness of the creative industry sectors, in particular small and micro businesses, in respect of the adoption and development of degree apprenticeships. In addition, the paper aims to identify employers’ barriers to entry into such programmes.

Design/methodology/approach – Due to the lack of knowledge of degree apprenticeships, an ‘explain and respond’ method was adopted, where a comprehensive explanation of degree apprenticeships and the process for delivery was given to respondents. This enabled them to ask questions and give informed and knowledgeable response to interview questions.

Findings – Participants in this research were generally positive about the integration and adoption of degree apprenticeships into their businesses. However, they suggest that the rigid procedure set by the Institute for Apprenticeships makes embarking on the process of developing standards and adopting degree apprenticeships difficult, time-consuming and impracticable for businesses of their size and in these sectors. This has implications for addressing skills shortages and diversity that stands to endanger the continued success of the creative industries.

Originality/value – Little research has been conducted into the viability of degree apprenticeships for creative industries, particularly non-levy paying small and micro businesses.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Degree apprenticeships, Creative industries, Small and micro businesses
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media
Item ID: 30291
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Depositing User: Tim Riley
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2020 09:54
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2022 17:54

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