The Education Secretary Justine Greening has announced that the University of Warwick has been awarded around a quarter of a million pounds from its new Higher Education Funding Council for England administered Degree Apprenticeships Development Fund. The university will use this to create a half million pound package to develop around 100 new degree apprenticeships each year.
The first 80 degree apprenticeships (in Civil Engineering and Social Work) will join the University of Warwick in 2018, with a further 100 new degree apprenticeships joining in 2019 and 120 in 2020. This will be in addition to around 400 apprentices in manufacturing engineering degree programmes that are already studying and working with WMG at the University of Warwick.
The university is also exploring if it can create even more such degree apprenticeship programmes and it has four technology based areas under active consideration.
University of Warwick Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Croft said:
“The UK has the second lowest productivity of all the G7 countries and skills gaps are seen as one of the major contributors to this issue. Universities such as Warwick have a long history of direct engagement in both their local and national economies. We are delighted once again to be at the forefront of a programme that deliver new opportunities for our young people which will also target local skills gaps, and will help drive economic growth in our region and the country as a whole.”
Note for editors: The latest funding is part of a total of £4.8 million being awarded by HEFCE to universities and colleges across England this autumn to develop new degree apprenticeships for students starting in September 2018. Designed by employers, higher education providers, and professional bodies, degree apprenticeships enable the development of high level skills, providing an alternative route to a degree and a career. Bringing together higher education study with paid work, degree apprentices spend part of their time in study and part with their employer.
6th October 2017
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