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Degree Apprenticeships at Salford

Friday 18 November 2016

SALFORD University has been awarded £150,000 to train higher-level apprentices in partnership with industry.

The Department for Education this week announced the funding to create new programmes to give students real-world training as well as a degree-level qualification.

The money will be used to create a package of new Degree Apprenticeships over the coming years, allowing students to earn while they learn in roles including construction, management and engineering.

The new courses will begin running from September 2017 and be tailored to key industry skills gaps in a bid to boost the number of qualified employees entering the workforce in important sectors. Initially 50 apprentices will have the chance to take up places with further growth places thereafter.

The University beat off competition from nearly 70 other institutions to emerge as one of 18 successful bidders.

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 multi-million 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.”

Professor Richard Stephenson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford said: “We are delighted to receive this endorsement from the Department for Education which recognises our position in the emerging marketplace of degree apprenticeships. The funding will enable the University to build on our existing offers in Chartered Surveying and Broadcast Engineering and responds very clearly to industry need in line with our Industry Collaboration Zones strategy."

Paul Ward, deputy director of the academic business development office, said: “Students of all backgrounds and ages can apply for our higher apprenticeships through our new website or via the companies that sponsor them, ensuring that Salford continues to improve the options for all into excellent education and good careers.”

The successful bid was put together by the University’s Academic Business Development Office following research into where key skills gaps could be filled in the North West.

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