Do a Degree Apprenticeship – and the Government will pay your uni fees!Posted: 12th of March 2015 by
By Kate Newton, Editor at Moving On magazine
The Prime Minister was in Lancashire today to announce plans for the creation of 9, new-style degree apprenticeship schemes which give some lucky young people the chance to benefit from a free university education and maximise their employment chances.
Apprentices on this scheme will not have to pay any uni fees – costs will be shared by the Government and industry employers. The ‘no fees’ aspect of this initiative will be a major draw for many young people and will make them extremely attractive to employers, who will have a great pool of talent to choose from because of the inevitable competition there will be for places on the new scheme. Apprentices will split their time between studying for a degree and gaining hands-on experience, whilst earning a wage in their chosen profession.
Apprentices will be able to study subjects like chartered surveying, aerospace engineering and nuclear power as well as engineering, design and digital, laboratory science and public relations – industries which are closely linked to the needs of the UK economy.Degree apprenticeships in the automotive, construction and banking industries will start in September.
Businesses, universities and colleges will come together to develop practical apprentice degree courses which will give young people the education and skills they need which are vital for boosting employment prospects and labour market success. Co-designed by employers and universities, in some cases they will lead to the apprentice gaining chartered or registered status, awarded by the relevant professional body.
Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of EEF said,
“Fast-moving evolving sectors such as manufacturing increasingly demand higher-level skills. These economically valuable industries can only grow and prosper if highly-skilled employees are there for the taking.”
The Prime Minister said,
“Equipping people with the skills they need to get on in life and backing businesses to create jobs are key parts of our long-term economic plan. Degree apprenticeships will give people a great head start, combining a full degree with the real, practical skills gained in work and the financial security of a regular pay packet. They will bring the world of business and the world of education closer together and let us build the high-level technical skills needed for the jobs of the future. I want to see many more businesses and universities begin to offer them.”
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