Attended by key regional employers, existing degree apprentices and civic leaders, the event shared the benefits of this new model designed to build higher level skills and support business growth.
“We were honoured to welcome HRH The Duke of York to our University,” said Vice-Chancellor Shirley Atkinson.
“He is a great advocate of raising aspirations and understands the importance of education, skills and entrepreneurship in supporting, particularly young people, to have successful and rewarding careers. His work to ensure that Britain has the workforce and entrepreneurial culture to remain a global economic leader very much chimes with our own focus and impact at the University and it’s very positive to receive his support and endorsement of our work.”
Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor John MacIntyre, who is leading the University’s Higher and Degree Apprenticeships programme presented the University’s approach and success to date to the assembled audience. He commented: “We have developed our Higher and Degree Apprenticeships by collaborating closely with employers to ensure that the programmes will deliver the skills they need in their workforce.
“We are about to launch our Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship programme, and a suite of three Degree Apprenticeships in Engineering. These follow on from our very successful programme for the IT industry (the Digital & Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship) which we started in 2015, and we have ambitious plans with more programmes in development to be rolled out later in 2017. These include programmes in Nursing, Paramedic Practice, Healthcare Science, Social Care, and Law.”
In presentations during the launch guests learned how Higher and Degree Apprenticeships enable both large and small organisations to transform their performance by enhancing the skills of existing employees as well as attracting fresh talent, using the apprenticeship levy and government funding.