NTU's Degree Apprenticeships are meeting employer demands thanks to Government investment

New degree apprenticeships in Chartered Management and Embedded Electronic Engineering are to be offered at NTU as it is chosen to be among the first to receive funding under a Government drive to boost the number of apprentices in the country.

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New degree apprenticeships are to be offered at NTU

New degree apprenticeships in Chartered Management and Embedded Electronic Engineering are to be offered at Nottingham Trent University as it is chosen to be among the first to receive funding under a Government drive to boost the number of apprentices in the country.

The money is part of a £4.5 million investment by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), into supporting the creation of the Degree Apprenticeships at universities and colleges for students starting from 2017.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eunice Simmons, said: "This is just the start of the Degree Apprenticeship opportunities at Nottingham Trent University. We will be using this funding to develop a blended learning route for those aspiring to be Chartered Managers – and also to create an apprenticeship with employers at the cutting-edge of electronic engineering.”

Nottingham Trent University, working in partnership with leading employers, will offer 120 opportunities for apprentices and their employers in preparation for the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in April 2017.

The University already offers degree apprenticeships in Food Science & Technology and will shortly be offering two more routes in Chartered Surveying and in Digital and Technology Solutions.

This is just the start of the Degree Apprenticeship opportunities at NTU.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eunice Simmons

Designed by employers, universities and professional bodies, Degree Apprenticeships deliver high-tech and high-level skills and offer an alternative to a traditional degree course.  Bringing together university study with paid work, Degree Apprentices spend part of their time at university and part with their employer.

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 multimillion 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."

Almost 70 bids were submitted for the fund and Nottingham Trent University, along with 17 others, were successful in getting funding in the first year of the two year programme.

Madeleine Atkins, HEFCE Chief Executive, said: "The development of Degree Apprenticeships will provide more people with the chance to study in higher education and work at the same, and in doing so to fulfil their educational and career ambitions. Employers will be able to use their apprenticeship levy funds to access degree apprenticeships from a range of higher education providers, and the fund will support institutions in preparing for the increased demand that will follow the levy's introduction from April 2017."

The Government funding has been awarded by HEFCE to projects focused on boosting the number of Degree Apprenticeships available. It 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.

Provisional figures released on 6 October 2016 show an increase in the numbers of people starting higher and Degree Apprenticeships. The provisional figures show that there were more than 27,000 higher and Degree Apprenticeships started so far in 2015 to 2016 academic year.

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    * The Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund was established by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and continued by the Department for Education. For more information, please visit the website.

    * In addition to these projects, HEFCE provided £178,000 to enable cross-cutting work by the University Vocational Awards Council, Universities UK and the Association of Graduate Recruiters, which will support take-up sector-wide.

    * Latest provisional figures showing the number of apprenticeship starts and participation in apprenticeships are available on the following website.

    * Nottingham Trent University's five-year strategic plan "Creating the University of the Future" has five main ambitions: Creating Opportunity, Valuing Ideas, Enriching Society, Connecting Globally and Empowering People.

    * The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education was awarded to Nottingham Trent University in November 2015.  It is the highest national honour for a UK university and recognises the institution’s world-class research. Pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula, and combat food fraud, led to the prestigious award.

NTU's Degree Apprenticeships are meeting employer demands thanks to Government investment

Published on 10 November 2016
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