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Degree Apprenticeship officially launches

Published: 28th January 2015

Industry partners joined MMU staff at the launch event

MORE than 50 employers attended the official launch of the Degree Apprenticeship programme at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The organisations have all previously expressed an interest in collaborating for the Degree Apprenticeship in Technology Solutions, which was launched by Government last year at eight higher education institutions to plug a skills gap in the business technology sector.

Students do not pay fees and earn a wage while working towards a BSc. The degrees at MMU will involve cross-faculty collaboration, pulling in knowledge from the across the University.

The Centre for Enterprise led the event and MMU is now canvassing the organisations to gauge their level of involvement while the first cohort of students will start in September.

Leading the region

“We’re pleased to have officially launched our Degree Apprenticeship in Technology Solutions and to have brought all of the partners and prospective employers together to discuss this exciting opportunity,” said Dr Robin Johnson, from MMUBS.

“We’re proud to be leading the North West’s provision of higher level skills and knowledge - we believe it will be attractive to apprentices and employers alike.

“MMU boasts an array of skills and knowledge which can be brought together to help develop the talents needed for the UK’s growing digital economy.”

Academic development has come from Robin, Liz Gorb (MMUBS), Dr Darren Dancey (SofCMDT) and Jillian Griffiths (DofJIC). Prof Phil Wheater, Dean of Science and Engineering, and Rod Humphreys, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law, both gave speeches at the launch.

Benefit

The Degree Apprenticeships were developed by Government, companies and e-skills UK which form The Tech Partnership.

Government funds two thirds of the cost of the degree, up to a maximum of £18,000. Employers pay the apprentice a wage and contribute the other third of the cost of the degree.

Chairman of the Tech Partnership’s Employer Steering Group, Gordon Kent, from Lloyds Banking Group, said: “I am confident the way the Tech Partnership is working with MMU will massively benefit employers in the North West.”