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Employers 'could play part' in degrees
Tuesday, 26 February 2008
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New plans from the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) could give employers the opportunity to shape higher education degrees.
The Financial Times has reported on a paper entitled Higher Level Skills Strategy that proposed that extra university funding could be devoted to degrees designed and funded by employers.
According to the paper, universities should offer a range of "reforms that an employer and employees will want".
Options put forward are degrees which commence at various times of the year, the ability for students to vary the intensity of their studies and courses that are not interrupted by normal university breaks.
The paper says that any universities that were willing to implement such changes would be given "extra resources".
While the paper lays out plans for student growth in the coming years, it also suggests that there is little or no room for additional degrees designed by academics.
Elsewhere, DIUS has reported that British businesses are backing the government's call for more apprenticeships.