Through our innovative Degree Apprenticeships we aim to 'grow our own' talent to enhance our students' social mobility and employability.

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Formed in 2017, the Centre for Apprenticeship Research and Knowledge Exchange at the University of Winchester Business School aims to help accelerate the process by which employers and individuals with high aspirations can benefit mutually from high-quality apprenticeships.

Much-desired improvements in productivity and social mobility will only be achieved if there is much greater knowledge sharing about successful Apprenticeships policy and practice. This is a key conclusion from A race to the top. Achieving three million more apprenticeships by 2020 (Way 2016), which contains articles and case studies from top employers, advisors and analysts.

The establishment of a Centre for Apprenticeship Research and Knowledge Exchange will lead work to develop and share intelligence, focussing on higher skills and Degree Apprenticeships. Part of the University’s proposal to create a ‘social mobility pipeline’ to Degree Apprenticeships, it will also examine progression pathways and ways to enable greater social mobility.

The Centre will support the University’s Business Engagement Strategy. It will coordinate the exchange of information, research and case studies with participating HEIs, LEPs and others with an interest in Higher and Degree Apprenticeships and in achieving social mobility through vocational training.

The Centre will add to the University’s international reputation for vocational skills and learning established by its Centre for Real-World Learning, led by Professor Bill Lucas.


A race to the top. Achieving three million more apprenticeships by 2020. Edited by David Way, Winchester University Press, 2016.

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