Presented by Sharon Green, Professor of Vocation Education and Skills Development at the University of Lincoln's National Centre for Food Manufacturing, this lecture will use food and drink industry career examples together with current professional practice to discuss changes in higher education as degree apprenticeship programmes continue to grow in popularity. Professor Green will focus on the challenge of balancing professional practice whilst meeting the expectations of employers, linking current employer led research to her own academic journey.
Vocational education is a transformative force within the modern workplace. The education of employees from company induction through to life-long learning, provides an opportunity for everyone working with learners to come together to collaborate, to research and develop a good inclusive education based on strong values and collaborative partnerships. By working together, employers and universities have been transforming education through degree apprenticeships creating an interest across different sectors as companies want to “read all about it”. Vocational education can equip individuals with practical experience, technical skills, and behaviours in specific industry settings. Apprentices can emerge with not only academic knowledge but a broad professional skillset that allows them to achieve in the workplace.
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