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    Getting in, getting on, going further: exploring the role of employers in the Degree Apprentice to Graduate transition

    Jones, Katy ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8090-4557, Christie, Fiona ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1384-3683 and Brophy, Sean ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9940-4192 (2023) Getting in, getting on, going further: exploring the role of employers in the Degree Apprentice to Graduate transition. British Educational Research Journal, 49 (1). pp. 93-109. ISSN 0141-1926

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    Abstract

    Transitions from education into work, or as part of career change and development, are increasingly central to policy debate and academic inquiry. However, the role that employers play in shaping transition is often overlooked. In this article, we examine this issue through the experiences of a graduating cohort of ‘degree apprentices’. We present original analysis of new empirical data from what we believe to be the first substantive qualitative longitudinal research conducted with those experiencing this new vocational pathway in the English Apprenticeships system. Through analysis of repeat semi-structured interviews with 22 Degree Apprenticeship graduates (44 interviews in total), we provide early empirical insights into experiences of this new pathway and add to existing theoretical conceptualisations of transition within the educational literature and the employers role within it. We show that the Degree Apprentice to Graduate transition can be broken down into three key stages: ‘getting in’, ‘getting on’ and ‘going further’, and that employers – at both strategic and relational levels – shape experiences at each stage.

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