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Meet the Apprentice Videos

A few of our Degree Apprentices have taken some time to speak to us about their experiences at WMG.

Adam has spoken to us about his studies on the Digital and Technology Solutions programme.

Manoj has spoken to us about his studies on the Senior Leaders programme.

If you would like to watch all of our videos, you can find the playlist here.

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Senior Leadership, Advice for Parents and Supporters, Apprentice Stories, Degree Apprenticeships, Digital and Technology Solutions

Teacher Resources

We have collated some resources which may be useful to teachers and career advisors.

INFORMATION FOR SCHOOLS

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND CARERS

INFORMATION FOR PEOPLE THINKING OF APPLYING FOR APPRENTICESHIPS

Firstly you might like to visit the Government website to download guides on higher and Degree Apprenticeships and if you would like to see and apply for current vacancies you can use the Find an apprenticeship website. The Amazing Apprenticeships website is the approved communication channel, commissioned by the National Apprenticeship Service with lots of free resources. Here are a few additional links you might like to visit:

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Interview Tips, Teacher Resources

The transition from Sixth Form to a Degree Apprenticeship

Meet Jasper, he is a Degree Apprentice with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and is studying on the Digital and Technology Solutions (DTS) course...

One of the main things which drew me to a degree apprenticeship over a regular degree was the greater level of independence it posed, and for me, this began on the day I received my offer from JLR. As I lived over two hours away from Warwick, I had to plan my living arrangements for the year ahead (degree apprentices are not able to live on campus, due to the part-time nature of study). This meant first networking to find housemates, then searching for a suitable place to rent together; depending on the company you’ll be working for, you may be able to contact your future colleagues through social media. This is a great way to build relationships early on, and will allow you to find potential housemates, should you need to move from where you’re currently living. In our case, we had access to a Facebook group for all new incoming apprentices and graduates – this allowed me to meet two fellow apprentices, who I have been living with since the end of August 2019. 

 

Moving tips  

There are a number of things to remember when moving – you’ll need to update your address in your various accounts, such as car insurance and banking, which can take a while to sort out. Your landlord will also provide you with information regarding water, energy, and council tax bills; as well as this, broadband and insurance are necessities. I’d recommend each housemate set up one or two of these bills, and then use an app like Monzo to easily split the costs each month. 

 

Corporate induction  

As part of the onboarding process, your company may hold a corporate event to introduce the new intake of apprentices; we had a three-day event called the Apprentice and Graduate Induction, where we met our managers, colleagues, and other apprentices. This allowed us to break the ice with our course mates, whilst also attending talks which gave us insight into the business we were joining. If you don’t have this opportunity, I’d highly recommend meeting up with your colleagues prior to the start of your course, and learning about the company and department you’ll be working for; your manager might be able to give you some information via email. Following the corporate induction, we had a two-day workplace induction, where we visited the site and office we are now based at, met other colleagues in our team, and learnt about what projects we might undertake in the future. 

The first term  

Depending on the course you’re undertaking, and the company that you’ll be working for, the structure of your learning will differ. With JLR DTS degree apprentices, our first year started with a three-month block of learning, in which we took our core modules in Applied Mathematics, Coding, and Personal Skills. This meant that when we started full-time work in January, we already had a base skillset, which allowed us to be more effective in our projects.  

 

Settling into work  

Juggling your business work and your study can be difficult, especially in the later years of your course; managers recognise this, and will allow you some time at work to carry out any study or university projects you may have. Depending on your job role and the skills you’ll be gaining from your degree, you can be involved in regular business tasks or different projects; we have had the opportunity to speak to our colleagues, and develop solutions to improve their workflow, whilst learning about the software and tools used by our teams on a daily basis. You may also have the chance to go on work placements – I’ve been lucky enough to work at the JLR factories in Solihull and Castle Bromwich, which further allowed me to develop my professional network and knowledge base. Being mobile is important as an apprentice, and it will allow you to make the most of your career. 

Jasper

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Jasper is a Degree Apprentice with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and is studying at WMG, University of Warwick on the Digital and Technology Solutions (DTS) course. He will be starting his second year in September. 

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Engineering, Advice for Parents and Supporters, Apprentice Stories, Applied Engineering Programme, Digital and Technology Solutions, Featured, Showcase

My journey onto a Degree Apprenticeship

Meet Jaymisha, a current first year Digital and Technology Solutions (DTS) apprentice who discusses her journey onto a Degree Apprenticeship...

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?

It gave me the ability to train in a real workplace environment and directly apply the knowledge I was learning through my studies at university, to daily work as a junior software engineer at Thales. After completing work experience with Thales during Sixth Form I knew I wanted to be able to begin learning within this industry as soon as possible and an apprenticeship would allow me to do just that.

Why was the WMG, University of Warwick the right choice for you? What attracted you to the programme?

Initially when I applied for the apprenticeship with Thales, it was not known what university or provider the course would run with. However, after receiving news that Thales will be working alongside WMG to co-design a digital and technology solutions professional degree apprenticeship, I was more than excited to begin this new journey. Warwick as one of the Russel Group Universities, would be offering strong academic challenge whilst Thales would provide stretching and exciting projects to gain industry competencies, therefore the new partnership was no doubt an excellent choice and made me excited to be apart of it.

How do you balance your time between work and university as a Degree Apprentice?

As part of our Thales contract we get one study day a week where we focus solely on our university work. Time management has been a key skill I have developed throughout my time as an apprentice because you must balance both work deadlines and university assignment deadlines. It requires planning of the tasks that need completing and working out how best to divide your time; I have also found that having a dedicated study space has allowed me to settle down easier for university work and be more productive. Occasionally it is the case that one study day is not enough time, for instance if there are upcoming university exams I need more revision time for, and this problem can easily be solved by communicating with my manager as there is always flexibility regarding study and work time.

How have you been able to apply your learning to in the workplace so far?

One of the first modules we studied at university was Smart Solutions, this consisted of learning both Python and C++. At Thales I work in Air Traffic Management where we design and implement Air Traffic Control software to many different countries around the world. We specifically use C++ for our programming and therefore my learning of the language at university directly impacted the work I was able to do at Thales, allowing me to begin my journey of solving software bugs and implementing code using C++ as a software engineer.

What advice would you give to somebody thinking about doing a Degree Apprenticeship?

The main piece of advice I would give to someone interested in a Degree Apprenticeship is do your research. Fully understanding the role you are applying for and the company with which will provide you this education is very important in helping you make a decision about whether this career path is the best option for you. It would also be extremely beneficial to get work experience with the company you are looking to complete your apprenticeship with; this will give you a good insight into the day to day tasks you may be carrying out and you will be able to talk to people doing the programmes to ask all the questions you have that may help with your decision making. Thales offer work experience and I have to say doing a week of work experience with them during Sixth Form really drove me to apply for the degree apprenticeship and helped me make the decision of choosing this academic path over full-time university.

What do you think makes a good apprentice?

Enthusiasm is key with this career path, if you are genuinely interested in the subject you will be studying, it will give you the motivation for success as an apprentice and will bring you the most rewarding experiences. Although many learning opportunities are presented to you as an apprentice, a standout apprentice is one who constantly seeks to learn new and exciting things in the workplace and engage with every opportunity that is presented to them.

Being an apprentice is a different experience to a full-time university student as we have the responsibility of being in the workplace, but you have the best opportunity to hit the ground running for your future career; the benefits are endless. If you are looking into a degree apprenticeship and have done your research well, I would say go for it!

Jaymisha

Author: Jaymisha

Jaymisha is a Degree Apprentice with Thales and is studying at WMG, University of Warwick on the Digital and Technology Solutions (DTS) course. She will be starting her second year in September 2020.

Date
Saturday, 27 June 2020
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Apprentice Stories, Degree Apprenticeship Centre, Digital and Technology Solutions, Featured, Showcase

3 Reasons Why a Degree Apprenticeship may be right for you

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In this article, we aim to dispel some of the most common myths around degree apprenticeships which we hope will help you to identify the facts from the fiction.

Myth 1: “Degree Apprenticeships are low quality”.

It is important to understand that a degree apprenticeship is not a lower quality, or less challenging approach to getting a degree. Some employers work with highly ranked universities to provide schemes that incorporate high quality degrees from England’s top providers. These degrees are as rigorous and challenging as any that these Universities provide and they have the added benefit of work based learning which equips the learner with not only the knowledge, but also the skills and behaviours necessary to progress in industry.

Myth 2: “An apprenticeship is not a proper job”.

Apprenticeships are not just courses with some work experience attached, they are real, full time jobs which are supported through embedded learning. If you want to get into work but don’t want to compromise your ability to learn at University level then a degree apprenticeship will provide this. The best apprenticeship schemes provide a real wage and a challenging role alongside the opportunity to learn. This means that not only will you complete your apprenticeship scheme with a degree you will also achieve 3 or 4 years of real work experience that will have either given you the opportunity to prove your value to your employer or will enable you to stand out in the job market when applying for other roles.

Myth 3: “An apprenticeship is a free degree

This should be a secondary consideration because if a degree apprenticeship is not right for you then money should not be a primary driver. Degree apprenticeship schemes are funded through contributions from the employer. This means that you do not have to pay anything towards your education. You may sometimes see this advertised as a “free degree” but nothing comes without some cost. In this case the cost is the effort required to be successful. Whilst employers will provide a minimum of 20% of the working week for you to study success will require a lot more input from you. Working for the other 80% of your time and then studying outside of work hours is challenging, one that is over and above that which people who study a full time degree will experience. Self-discipline, effective time management and a willingness to work hard are some of the main key skills which apprentices need in order to be successful. Degree apprenticeships provide a realistic and high quality alternative to traditional degree programmes but do so at the price of increased levels of effort and application required to be successful. If you are ready for work but do not want to compromise on learning and your future prospects, then a degree apprenticeship should feature in your future decisions.

Date
Thursday, 25 June 2020
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Advice for Parents and Supporters, Teacher Resources, Apprenticeship Tips, Degree Apprenticeships, WMG staff

Spotlight on: Our Alumni

Imran Lulat completed his BEng Applied Engineering Degree Apprenticeship at WMG, University of Warwick in August 2019 with Jaguar Land Rover and he currently works as a Lead Engineer within Exteriors Systems at the company. With his career progressing from strength to strength, we wanted to catch up with him to see how he was doing since graduating with us.

You won the IMechE Apprentice of the Year Award 2018, tell us more about this achievement

The institution of mechanical engineer’s (IMechE) Apprentice of the Year award recognises the achievements of their Apprentice members, and the contribution they make to the engineering sector, industry and the wider economy. I was put forward for the award by my training manager, who based this on my performance both at work and at university.

It was humbling being the recipient of the award and I think the area that helped in achieving this was my role as a STEM ambassador. I have been a STEM ambassador for over 5 years. In this role I have been privileged to teach students about engineering, manufacturing and the various avenues into engineering (including apprenticeships).

In turn, the award has given me additional recognition in my role as STEM ambassador, as I believe in the importance of giving back and helping the upcoming generation of students to fulfill their career ambitions.

How has your career progressed since completing your apprenticeship?

I completed my apprenticeship in August 2019 and now work as a Lead Engineer within Exterior Systems at Jaguar Land Rover. I am responsible for the delivery of a system (within exterior systems) from concept through to production. My job role is massively varied as I am involved in every stage of the development process; from working with the designers in the design studio through to working with the operators on the assembly line - so no 2 days are the same! I enjoy what I do and the experience I gained during my apprenticeship has proved invaluable so far and will continue to assist me in my future career.

What was it like balancing work and study on your apprenticeship?

I found it challenging at first because the apprenticeship was my first ever job and I did not know what to expect from the world of work. However, it didn’t take long finding a routine and before I knew it, balancing both work and study became the norm - I feel I also speak for my ex-fellow apprentices.

The company recognises the challenge of working and studying and for this reason they allowed us to spend a few hours every week (during work time) to focus on our revision and complete courseworks - which was really supportive of them.

Balancing work and studying improved my organisational and time management skills, both of which are valuable in and out of the workplace. I feel I wouldn't have honed these skills without my apprenticeship.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about doing a degree apprenticeship?

Firstly, I believe you should follow your dreams and pursue something you have a passion for – it is that passion that will drive you in succeeding at whatever it is you want to do.

A degree apprenticeship is an excellent career choice for any young person, as long as they have a strong work ethic, commitment and are willing to apply themselves. It's an opportunity to gain a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree without incurring any debts - in fact you’re getting paid to study!

The combination of work and study does force you to take a lot of responsibilty and gain a level of maturity at such a young age – but don’t let that put you off! A degree apprenticeship allows you to fast track your career path in the area that you’re interested in. This puts you in a competitive position in the workplace, especially when compared to your peers. Looking back, it was a great decision choosing to do an apprenticeship, it was definitely worth it and I would highly recommend it.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about doing a degree apprenticeship?

Firstly, I believe you should follow your dreams and pursue something you have a passion for – it is that passion that will drive you in succeeding at whatever it is you want to do.

A degree apprenticeship is an excellent career choice for any young person, as long as they have a strong work ethic, commitment and are willing to apply themselves. It's an opportunity to gain a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree without incurring any debts - in fact you’re getting paid to study!

The combination of work and study does force you to take a lot of responsibilty and gain a level of maturity at such a young age – but don’t let that put you off! A degree apprenticeship allows you to fast track your career path in the area that you’re interested in. This puts you in a competitive position in the workplace, especially when compared to your peers. Looking back, it was a great decision choosing to do an apprenticeship, it was definitely worth it and I would highly recommend it.

Author: Imran Lulat

Imran Lulat completed his BEng Applied Engineering Degree Apprenticeship at WMG, University of Warwick in August 2019 with Jaguar Land Rover and he currently works as a Lead Engineer within Exteriors Systems at the company.

Date
Saturday, 06 June 2020
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Apprentice Stories, Applied Engineering Programme, Degree Apprenticeships, Featured, Showcase