Engineering design, apprenticeships & diversity

Authors: Humphries-Smith, T., Hunt, C. and White, M.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/29451/

Start date: 7 September 2017

This paper reports on a study that set out to understand the backgrounds of apprentices studying Engineering pathways at one FE College in the UK where an integrated programme of qualifications from level 2 to level 7 exists. The research presented here follows on from a previous study that suggested diversity was very low across the programme and that progression opportunities to level 4 and above, that is, Higher Education are not evenly distributed across the socio-economic groupings. The findings are presented in the light of relevant literature indicating concerns nationally and across sectors about Apprenticeship opportunities not being fairly distributed across socio-economic groupings. The report concludes that there is a relationship between those from lower socio-economic groups being more likely to engage with craft type qualifications which do not offer progression possibilities to Higher Education than those from higher socio-economic groups who are more likely to engage with technical qualifications. The report makes suggestions for further investigation related to careers advice and suggests some interventions that might increase the diversity of the engineering Apprentice population.

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Authors: Humphries-Smith, T., White, M. and Hunt, C.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/29451/

Journal: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Building Community: Design Education for a Sustainable Future, E and PDE 2017

Pages: 236-241

ISBN: 9781904670841

This paper reports on a study that set out to understand the backgrounds of apprentices studying Engineering pathways at one Further Education (FE) College in the UK, where an integrated programme of qualifications from level 2 to level 7 exists. The research presented here follows on from a previous study that suggested diversity was very low across the programme. It also portrayed that progression opportunities to level 4 and above, that is, Higher Education, are not evenly distributed across the socio-economic groupings. The findings are representative in the light of relevant literature indicating concerns nationally and across sectors about Apprenticeship opportunities not being fairly distributed across socio-economic groupings. The report concludes that there is a relationship between those from lower socio-economic groups being more likely to engage with craft type qualifications. These qualifications do not offer progression possibilities to Higher Education, unlike those from higher socio-economic groups.; This is because higher socio-economic groups are more likely to engage with technical qualifications. The report offers suggestions for further investigation related to careers advice, and, as a result of these findings, recommends some interventions that might increase the diversity of the engineering Apprentice population.

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Authors: Humphries-Smith, T., White, M. and Hunt, C.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/29451/

Journal: BUILDING COMMUNITY: DESIGN EDUCATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Pages: 236-241

ISBN: 978-1-904670-84-1

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