Winning Moves were delighted to present at Harper Adams University’s launch of higher level degree apprenticeships on Friday 23RDMarch 2018. The event was attended by a variety of prominent operators from the food processing sector, all of whom are looking to utilise the Apprenticeship Levy effectively within their organisations.

At the event, the University launched a number of Degree Apprenticeships with many more to follow. The first ones out of the gate include:

BSc (Honours) Food Science and Technology

BEng (Honours) Food Engineering

Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Business Management

More information can be found at

Winning Moves role in the project is to provide a bespoke benchmarking service that will enable employers to benchmark the productivity levels of their organisations and the apprentices employed. Anecdotally, it is suggested that each apprentice employed results in an immediate increase in productivity of more than £10,000. What the benchmark tool will do is evidence this point by providing a means of objective measurement. A minimum of 50 participating businesses will be benchmarked annually for the next 5 years, so a true picture of productivity gains will be seen over time, both individually and collectively for all businesses involved. To do this, we are in the process of designing an instrument that measures current business levels of productivity, as well as assessing the drivers of the performance levels being achieved such as quality, customer service, training and innovation.

Productivity is high on the UK Government’s agenda, with it being so closely linked to national competitiveness and living standards. The UK has lagged behind other developed nations for many years, but there is growing determination to raise the profile of this area and turn this under performance round. It is widely recognised how important it is, what we intend to do is enable it to be measured and understood at an individual business level to bring the subject alive.

Mark Modena who is leading the development of the benchmarking tool commented, “Winning Moves is very pleased and proud to be involved in such an important project from the start. Higher level degree apprenticeships can make a real and positive difference to the competitiveness of businesses that employ them, whether they are engaged through levy or via direct budgets. We look forward to playing our role in helping businesses to understand their productivity better and to gain an objective view of the difference that apprenticeships deliver”. 

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