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First degree apprenticeship of its kind at Leeds Trinity

A new degree apprenticeship qualification for supply chain professionals is being developed as the first of its kind in England

Posted by Hannah Oakman | November 26, 2016 | Students

Leeds Trinity University, in partnership with the Supply Chain Academy, the Institute of Supply Chain Management and a group of employers led by the Uniserve Group, is developing a qualification aimed at those working within the whole supply chain; incorporating supply chain management, purchasing, procurement, risk management and more.

As a degree apprenticeship, the qualification – once approved – will combine university study alongside paid work, and offer a chartered standard for supply chain managers.

Alex Mortimer, Director at The Supply Chain Academy, said: “There is a real demand across all sectors for highly trained managers to support a strong supply chain process. We are very pleased to be part of this Trailblazer with Leeds Trinity, and are confident that the new qualification not only responds to employer demand, but can also support the crucial role that businesses, particularly SMEs, play within the local economy.”

We are excited by this opportunity to create a high level qualification specifically to meet the needs of supply chain managers - Paul Stone, Director of Human Resources at Uniserve Group

Paul Stone, Director of Human Resources at Uniserve Group, said: “We are excited by this opportunity to create a high level qualification specifically to meet the needs of supply chain managers. Supply chains are a critical component of every business and this qualification will help us select and develop the best possible talent for the future.”

In response to demand for stronger leadership and management skills, Leeds Trinity also plans to launch a degree apprenticeship in Chartered Management for September 2017, with a particular focus on training managers within healthcare, education and SMEs.

Both courses are being developed with funding of £50,000 from HEFCE’s competitive Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund, announced today (10 November 2016).

Leeds Trinity leads one of only 18 successful projects, and is the only university in West Yorkshire to receive the funding.

Professor Ray Lloyd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said: “We are very proud of our reputation for effective engagement with employers, which is proven by our professional work placements, extensive business network and commitment to work-based learning. Now, drawing on our considerable experience of work-based provision, we have been able to develop degree apprenticeships we’re confident will meet the needs and expectations of employers and support our commitment to developing highly employable individuals.”

More than 70 bids were submitted for the fund, which forms a key part of the drive to strengthen the reputation of on-the-job training by raising standards and creating more high-quality opportunities for young people and adults from all backgrounds.

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

Robert Halfon, Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships, said: “Apprenticeships work, that’s why we’ve launched degree apprenticeships that give people a real change 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.”

Organisations wanting to upskill employees, or take on new staff on an apprenticeship scheme, may be entitled to funding from government to cover the cost of the degree apprenticeship. From 6 April 2017 however, all organisations with a pay bill of more than £3m will be required to pay an apprenticeship levy of 0.5%, minus £15,000.

A first meeting of the Supply Chains Trailblazer will be held on Thursday 8 December at The Supply Chain Academy in Upminster. The meeting will be followed by a dinner and launch event for employers wanting to find out more about the new qualification. A similar event will take place in Leeds for companies based in the north of England in the New Year.

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