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Understanding the profile of apprentices

Project leader(s): 
Leonor Barroca and Matt Walkley
Theme: 
Faculty: 
STEM
Status: 
Current

Research questions: What is the current profile of apprentices in Computing, and what is their achievement, nationally and at the OU? How does our gender distribution compare with that nationally for apprentices in Computing?

Hypothesis: Claims have been made that apprentices achieve better than other students and that the gender distribution (https://bit.ly/2GINwtb) is also more equal for apprentices. We start from this assumption to investigate the profile of apprentices in Computing in the University and more widely.

Relevance to others: This project will contribute to a better understanding of the apprentice population and can be useful for the University in deciding on recruitment and strategy in relation to apprenticeships. A better understanding of apprentices’ profiles will also  allow for better support to apprentices in Computing.  

Outputs: a report comparing the profile of apprentices with that of non- apprentices in Computing at the OU,  and comparing the profile of apprentices in Computing at the OU and those across the sector. A suggestion of further areas to explore in relation to apprenticeships and recruitment. The existence of data comparing across the sector will bring evidence that could be used in decision making. Also, a better understanding of the profiles of apprentices will help with improving their support. This study is focusing on DTS apprentices, not on apprentices in general.

Method: Analysis of data at the OU and across partners in the IoC and interviews with OU apprentices.

Barroca, L. and Walkley, M. (2019) Project poster (PDF)

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