Celebrating 1,000 Degree Apprenticeships at UWE Bristol

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In January, UWE Bristol reached 1,000 degree apprenticeships.

Degree apprenticeships combine on-the-job training with study for a higher level qualification, giving you the highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce your business needs.

UWE Bristol degree apprenticeships are suitable and tailored for both levy-payers as well as SMEs.

UWE Bristol works in collaboration with employers from the public and private sectors to design suitable programmes that meet business needs so new courses are frequently being developed.

David Barrett, Director of Apprenticeships at UWE Bristol, shared some of his thoughts with Wonkhe oh how far apprenticeships have come:

“Apprenticeships have come back from the wilderness as employers and students appreciate their huge ability to gain practical qualifications that meet real skills needs, with students earning while they learn and contributing to increased productivity so vital to our future economic success.

Apprentice students are a very committed cohort who are super-fuelled to succeed. Their academic and workplace learning act as a virtuous circle – in real time, they can apply their work experience to the classroom and their classroom experience to work. Crucially, apprenticeships now go all the way from GCSE equivalent up to degree or even masters level in high skills areas, meaning apprenticeship pathways no longer stop short or limit opportunity to progress to the highest level in their field.

Degree and Masters level Apprenticeships are growing far faster, proportionally, than any other level of apprenticeship – with apprenticeship starts nationally more than doubling between 2017-18 and 2018-19 to around 23,000. Degree Apprenticeships are now vital to recruitment and training for our critical public services such as the Police and NHS. UWE currently has over one thousand Degree Apprentices serving high tech manufacturing and engineering, the NHS and Police, the built environment and leadership and management across all sectors of the economy.”

Read the full article here.

Find out more about Degree Apprenticeships at UWE Bristol here.

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