FF Degree-level Apprenticeship Framework

Originator/Sponsor: FFCoVE


Portfolio Managers: Governance and Management: Fiona Windle (fwindle@foodandfibrecove.nz)

                                   Provision: Jackie Lynch (jlynch@foodandfibrecove.nz)

                                   Industry: Fiona Windle (fwindle@foodandfibrecove.nz)

                                   Administration, Cultural and Pastoral Care: Lilla du Toit (ldutoit@foodandfibrecove.nz)


Status: In delivery


Planned delivery date: This activity began in mid-2021 as a change initiative and will remain a change initiative until we have sufficient certainty to scope a project.  That is, we have a general idea of the direction we need to go in but more analysis is required to be certain about the end result.  As such, we won’t be able to determine what the eventual project would look like, and an end date, until we’ve done a lot more work. 


Lead Agency / Service Provider:  FFCoVE


Collaborating partners: A wide range of organisations representing VET providers, industry and government agencies are involved 


Primary Objective(s):  The target state to ensure a valid FF DLA Framework include:

  • All criteria for a formal degree-level programme would be met and would be accredited by an appropriate industry body/bodies. The resulting degree-level apprenticeship would be recognised across NZ as the equivalent to any other NZ Bachelor degree programme: 
    • Demonstrate intellectual independence, critical thinking and analytic rigour
    • Engage in self-directed learning 
    • Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to the ideas, principles, concepts, chief research methods and problem-solving techniques of a recognised major subject 
    • Demonstrate the skills needed to acquire, understand and assess information from a range of sources 
    • Demonstrate communication and collaborative skills
  • It would support multiple pathways into the degree programme: 
    • Level 5 or 6 qualification in an appropriate subject or across from an appropriate BSc programme 
    • Work experience 
    • School leaver with a minimum period of work experience 

Learners would not be required to undertake subjects for which they can clearly demonstrate competency to a level which ensured they would be capable of undertaking the next level of learning in that subject. 

  • The vast majority of learning would occur over three years in the learner’s workplace against a study programme which optimises use of the learner’s current work practices and employer’s future needs as much as possible 
  • Learning would be employer supported, mostly employer delivered (with support from the VET provider) and knowledge/competency would be mostly employer attested (and sometimes externally or VET provider assessed) but always externally moderated 
  • It would accommodate the cultural and pastoral needs of learners; especially for Māori learners 
  • Scaffolding of subjects would ensure alignment between level 5 and level 6 certificate and diploma courses with years 1 and 2 of the degree programme 
  • Core courses would be developed by one VET provider on behalf of all with micro-credentials used to cover any industry-specific content. A compulsory core would include those key courses common across multiple specialisations (e.g. health and safety, pest prevention and management etc.) 


Online Resources: The links below provide a little more information but, if you are interested in being involved in this initiative, email one of the portfolio managers listed above.


The above information was current as at 28 March 2023

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