Linking London | News | 15 November 2018: Event report - Higher and Degree Apprenticeship meeting

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HADA Meeting

This meeting featured presentations from Spike van der Vliet-Firth, Principal Policy Officer for Skills and Culture, Enterprise, Economy and Skills Team, London Councils, Darryll Bravenboer, Director of Apprenticeships and Skills, Middlesex University London and Mandy Crawford-Lee, Director of Policy and Operations, University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC).

The first Higher and Degree Apprenticeship meeting of this year was well represented, with both HE and FE partners present.

After a warm welcome from the Chair, Darryll Bravenboer, Middlesex University London, the meeting began with a presentation from Spike van der Vliet-Firth, London Councils, on engaging with public sector employers in the development of higher level apprenticeships. 

A roundtable partner update then followed where partners discussed and shared issues and good practice related to HADA developments.

Following a networking break, the group heard from Darryll Bravenboer, who provided an update on Middlesex University London’s Access to Public Sector Professions in London through Degree Apprenticeships project. 

Mandy Crawford-Lee, UVAC, then provided an overview of the national picture and key priorities going forward for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.

The meeting closed with the group contributing their thoughts towards the priorities for the meetings going forward.

The next HADA meeting will take place on 7 February 2019, 2-4pm. 

To view the presentations and meeting note from the day please click here. This link will take you to the partners' area of the website. You must be a Linking London member to access this section of the website and you will need your login name and password. If you do not know your login name and password, then please email


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