The pilot scheme will see up to five candidates enrolled onto a fully sponsored degree apprenticeship course with the University, funded by GoCompare.
GoCompare will specifically look to collaborate with schools and colleges in South Wales to identify candidates for the programme. The aim is to make South Wales a UK technology hotspot by giving opportunities to students who may not otherwise have had access to higher education.
In 2015, Aston University became the first UK university to offer degree apprenticeships. It is also the first institution to have alumni who graduated the Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship in July 2017.
Successful applicants will undertake a full-time seven-week period with Aston University before starting an apprenticeship in GoCompare’s tech team. They will complete their studies through a mixture of distance and classroom learning.
Lee Griffin, Founder and President of GoCompare, said: “We’re really excited to launch our degree apprenticeship scheme with Aston University. Our hope is that through working with higher education institutions, we can give students a chance to earn-as-they-learn”.
It is hoped the degree apprenticeship will give alumni real-world experience that can help them pursue careers in technology.
Professor Helen Higson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, said: “GoCompare is one of the most well-known fintech companies in the UK, so we are thrilled that we will be working with them to add new talent, skills and enthusiasm into their workforce”.
“It’s a win-win,” Higson continued, “degree apprentices don’t pay tuition fees and gain a wealth of professional experience that vastly improves their employability.”