What makes for a successful Bridging Programme partnership?

Image: What makes for a successful Bridging Programme partnership?Experience to date tells us that healthcare employers are likely to find it easier to establish a successful partnership when:

  • The Bridging Programme clearly fulfils objectives in the employer’s workforce development plan
  • The employer already works with at least one HE provider offering health related vocational programmes in Higher Education – and is already providing placements for HE students and or accessing HE provision for professional training and or Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • The employer is in partnership with an FE provider to deliver Apprenticeships or the employer delivers Apprenticeships and other vocational qualifications itself
  • The employer is prepared to play a key role in getting the Bridging Programme partnership started.


  • The HE partner is willing in principle to accept a combination of a level 3 vocational qualification and the Level 3 Certificate in Bridging Skills for Higher Education, maths and English qualifications, (plus if relevant, formal recognition of prior learning), as meeting minimum entry requirements for its health related HE vocational programmes.
  • The HE provider and employer can identify an FE provider partner able to offer the Bridging Programme qualification – preferably one which already has progression arrangements with the HE provider, for learners working in healthcare to progress into health related vocational programmes in Higher Education.

Steps for employers to take:

  • Use the Bridging Programme Planner to do a quick self-assessment of your readiness to get involved and to help you think through the details.
  • Get in touch with your local HEE contact and or contact exisiting HE and FE providers direct to discuss the Bridging Programme.