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Engineering student in workshop, Central Bedfordshire College (CBC).

Executive Director of The Bedford College Group (TBCG) went back to being an “apprentice” to show by example how the learning system can be embraced by people at all levels of organisations.

Debbie Houghton, who is Executive Director of Apprenticeships, Business Development and Commercial at  the Group, completed a Senior Leadership and Management Degree Apprenticeship – a Level 7 Master’s Degree resulting in an MBA, which, as well as developing her skills and knowledge of strategic leadership and management, also provided a hands-on understanding of studying-through-work from the perspective of an apprentice.

Debbie Houghton, Executive Director of Apprenticeships and Business Development.

Promoting apprenticeships

Promoting apprenticeships as a great route into careers, as well as improving promotional opportunities, is part of Debbie’s role at the Group. Earlier this year she joined a Government level meeting at No 10 to talk to those at the highest level of educational funding about shaping apprenticeships for the future.

“Apprenticeships are being re-valued by young people and parents who increasingly see them as a route into robust and long-term employment in skilled and technical roles.

“At The Bedford College Group we are the region’s Number One provider of apprenticeships in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire across huge range of jobs – many of then in new areas of technology-dominated industries, but also social roles such as caring and hair and beauty.”

Debbie’s qualification title is ‘Master of Business Administration (Leadership Practice)’ for which Debbie got a Merit overall.

“The great bit is that for the degree ‘apprenticeship’ part of this programme, which is the End Point Assessment (EPA) I got awarded a Distinction, which I was delighted with,” said Debbie.

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