Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in HE

BCU wins apprenticeship boost

University handed £250k boost to provide apprenticeships to help plug skills gaps

Posted by Hannah Oakman | November 10, 2016 | Finance, legal, HR

Birmingham City University has been handed a £250,000 boost to train nearly 300 apprentices in key industries and help tackle some of the region’s biggest skills gaps.

The government’s Department for Education has announced the funding through its Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE), which will be used to give students real-world training and experience as well as being equipped with degrees at the end of their course.

The money will be used to create a package of new Degree Apprenticeships over the coming years, allowing students to earn and learn in roles including construction, management, manufacturing, law and radiography.

Courses will begin running from 2017 and have been tailored to meet the needs of the region by focusing on key industry skills gaps in a bid to boost the number of qualified employees entering the workforce in important sectors.

Up to 280 students will have the chance to take up places on the apprenticeships with the possibility for further places to be made available in the future.

The University beat off competition from nearly 70 other institutions to emerge as one of 18 successful bidders to HEFCE and receive a share of the £1m pot made available to Higher Education institutions.

Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Robert Halfon said: “Apprenticeships work, that’s why we’ve launched degree apprenticeships that give people a real chance to earn while you learn putting you on the fast-track to a top career.

“This multi-million pound fund will allow universities and colleges to work with top employers to design high quality degree apprenticeships that give people a ladder of opportunity, more choice and help shape Britain to become an apprentice nation.”

Professor Julian Beer, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Birmingham City University, said: “Our role is to make sure students leave us with a good education and qualifications but it is equally important that they are prepared for the world of work, which is why Higher Level Apprenticeships can be so important.”

The government has earmarked Higher Level Apprenticeships as a key method of ensuring the needs of the economy are met, through raising the number of people given the opportunity to gain industry skills and university standard qualifications.

Courses will last for a minimum of three years and include theory as well as on-the-job training.

Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in HE

Related stories

Birmingham innovation centre builds up head of STEAM

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire: where a dream became reality

Apprenticeships to address bioinformatics skills shortage

The sound of success

New work experience initiative launched by IET

UB November issue out now

Alternative HE funding: one size won't fit all

Birmingham Conservatoire granted Royal title

BCU appoints Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Hairdresser styles new career in construction

Market place - view all

ASK 4

ASK4 is an industry leading provider of high-speed internet solutio...

Campus Living Villages

Campus Living Villages is a global owner, developer and operator of...

Panopto AT

Panopto is a software company that provides lecture recording, scr...

Led hut

LED lights for home & business. SAVE money with energy efficie...

Godfrey Syrett

Godfrey Syrett specialise in the design...

Zones

Zones Solutions and Services
We're experts in technology.
...