Higher and Degree Apprenticeships Growth Success at the University of Wolverhampton

The University of Wolverhampton has grown its work based learning of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships with growth at more than 250% since they were introduced three years ago.

This year, the 13th annual National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW2020) will run from Monday 3rd February through to Sunday 9th February 2020 and the University will be celebrating its Higher and Degree Apprenticeships success by profiling some of its Apprentices and employers on its Social Media channels – ‘looking beyond’ outdated stereotypes of what Apprenticeships are.

The £500,000 Apprenticeship Hub was launched in September 2016 in the former Feathers Pub on Molineux Street in Wolverhampton with funding of over £200,000 from the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The University now offers 15 Higher and Degree Apprenticeships and works with over 350 employers and local authorities including Telford & Wrekin, Dudley, Walsall, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Sandwell Councils as well as public and private health care providers such as the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Walsall NHS Trust and Priory Group.

Michele Roberts, Head of the University’s Apprenticeship Hub, said: “Considering the fact that Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are still considerably new to Higher Education, the University has seen amazing growth over the past three years in the numbers of employers and employees who have committed to pursuing higher level degrees of learning.

“There has been a rise in the number of organisations looking at Degree Apprenticeships to upskill and professionalise their workforce to help them face the challenges of a modern business.

“Hitting almost 800 learners is a really important milestone for the University’s ambition to provide a range of Degree Apprenticeships covering a variety of sectors from health care and engineering through to construction and legal, helping employers in the area to use Apprenticeship funds to invest in the skills needed to lead and grow a competitive workforce.

“Later this year we will see the first of our Degree Apprentices celebrating at their graduation ceremonies – some of whom are people who never thought they would be able to further their education but now have had the opportunity to study at the same time as working full time while being supported with time for study and financially by their employer.”

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.

For more information about Degree Apprenticeships download a brochure, telephone 01902 321000 or email apprenticeshiphub@wlv.ac.uk

The University offers Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in Chartered Manager(CMDA), Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship, Chartered Surveyor, Building Control Surveying, Chartered Legal Executive, Manufacturing Engineer, Design & Development Engineer, Civil Engineering, Nursing Associates Foundation Degree, Social Work, Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship, Postgraduate Teaching, Digital and Technology Solutions Professional and Healthcare Science Practitioner (Respiratory & Sleep Physiology or Cardiac Physiology) and Laboratory Science Degree Apprenticeships.