Tech Partnership update on legacy plans
On 4th October 2017, we announced that the Tech Partnership will close in September 2018. This is an update on what is happening with our work.
Firstly, we have just announced that employers have pledged their ongoing commitment to collaborating with Higher Education on industry-relevant degree and degree apprenticeships. Leading a new not for profit organisation, Tech Partnership Degrees, the Tech Partnership Degrees Employer Board has formed to take forward this work beyond the closure of the Tech Partnership itself. This includes the Tech Industry Gold accredited degrees (IT Management for Business (ITMB) and Software Engineering for Business), currently being undertaken by 1,500 students in 20 universities, from which 87% of last year’s graduates achieved 1sts or 2:1s. It also includes the Tech Industry Gold accredited degree apprenticeships, already being used by more than 1,250 employees from 80 companies.
As well as enabling – and growing – the collective support of employers for these programmes, Tech Partnership Degrees has committed to taking forward the Tech Partnership’s promise to work with the newly announced Institute of Coding, helping it to achieve its aims which include boosting graduate employability, developing specialist training for the digital workforce, and improving equality and diversity.
The new Board formerly takes over the strategic leadership role on 14th March, at the biggest yet Tech Industry Gold degrees employer/student event in Reading.
Secondly, on 3rd January, we released a prospectus to invite proposals for a new home for our TechFuture work in schools. We are currently reviewing the proposals we have received and will be announcing the outcome in April, enabling an orderly transition ready for the start of the next academic year. In the meantime, we have continued with delivery of our TechFuture programmes, including updating assets and expanding uptake. There are now 10,000 registered users, including 1,300 teachers, and almost 5,000 online badges have been issued.
Thirdly, we are very pleased with the uptake of the new digital apprenticeships which the Tech Partnership helped employers to develop. Nearly 3,000 apprentices started these programmes in the first quarter of the 2017-2018 academic year, 590 of which were degree apprentices. An industry owned External Quality Assurance process for these apprenticeships has been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships, with the Tech Partnership asked to manage this as an interim position while a decision is taken by on how this responsibility can best be handled following our closure.
Finally, we have also continued to deliver on other commitments, including the DCMS-sponsored ‘Common Language’ for higher education and industry, apprenticeships work in the devolved administrations, and collaboration with DCMS, Lloyds Banking Group and other stakeholders to develop a national framework for Basic Digital Skills, which is currently in consultation.
We thank everyone for their continued help in maximising the legacy of the Tech Partnership and ensuring those who benefit from our work can continue to do so into the future.