Public Education Institutions as Providers of Private Training Programs: Degree Apprenticeships in the United Kingdom

  • John P. WilsonEmail author
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The Humboldt model of higher education describes the two main missions of universities, i.e., teaching and research; however, this has increasingly been complemented with the third mission of connecting with business and communities through knowledge transfer, valorization, engagement, and training. One important dimension of this third mission is the provision of training programs which bring numerous benefits to universities and their constituent communities. Yet, closer inspection of this training reveals a complex array of provision, and it is argued that the term “knowledge transfer” provides a more accurate picture from a learning perspective.

In recent decades, the United Kingdom has maintained a laissez-faire approach allowing industry to respond to the market; however, recently there has been a significant change with a new interventionist industrial strategy. The Industrial Strategy document described the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) as a role model for innovation and economic growth. The AMRC Training Centre will be discussed to provide a practical context with regard to degree apprenticeships and other training which is delivered to employees of approximately 300 companies, including Boeing, McLaren, and Rolls-Royce, which have established manufacturing facilities at the AMRC.


Degree apprenticeships Third mission Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre University of Sheffield 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Management SchoolUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  2. 2.Department for Continuing EducationUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Michael Gessler
    • 1
  • Larissa Holle
    • 2
  • Susanne Peters
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Technology and EducationUniversity of BremenBremenGermany
  2. 2.University of BremenBremenGermany
  3. 3.University of BremenBremenGermany

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