We have a number of learners undertaking the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, some of them work part-time hours. The provider has since advised us that they are not willing to support new learners who work less than 30 hours a week because the amended duration of the programme would be too long (i.e. approx. 7 years). Has anyone else come across this with other degree apprenticeship providers?
The current part-time learners are attending regular monthly taught sessions and are meeting assignment and exam deadlines and so we anticipate that the part-time learners will complete the degree element in the same time as the full time learners. Although we accept that they are likely to need longer to complete the work-based aspects of the programme, we would expect them to complete sooner than the planned end date of 7 years. Is this a problem if they have met a proportionate amount of 20% off the job training during their actual training period?
The duration, intensity and cost is to be agreed between employer and provider (within the constraints of the funding band, planned FT duration as stated in the standard, and the 20% OTJ requirement). There’s no reason why your proposed approach wouldn’t be allowed. I suggest you find a more flexible provider!