‘Talks have begun between Ofsted and the government over extending the inspectorate’s remit to cover degree apprenticeships.
Paul Joyce, Ofsted’s deputy director for FE and skills, revealed this during an exclusive webinar with FE Week editor Nick Linford…
Degree apprenticeships are currently only inspected by the Quality Assurance Agency, which oversees all university-level provision.
But Mr Joyce said today that Ofsted is in talks with the government, as well as QAA and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, about changing that to give his organisation a key new role.
He said: “Where I would see the gap being [for Ofsted to fill] is the apprenticeship part of the degree, so not the degree qualification delivered in a university, that we won’t be looking at.
“We do need to ensure that the other part of the apprenticeships provision, i.e. what happens in the employer, is looked at and that it’s quality assured. So not the degree qualification, but the wraparound apprenticeship.”’ – FE Week