New Degree Apprenticeships to be Launched

November 26, 2014

From September young people will be able to gain full honours degrees with no fees and paying a wage through an apprenticeship scheme backed by the government and industry.

New government and industryDigital -backed digital qualifications will provide the skills for a wide range of digital jobs, helping to fill the one million vacancies expected in the digital sector in the next decade.

The first Degree Apprenticeships are to be launched in the digital sector, and are expected to suit people embarking on careers ranging from business analysis to software development and technology consultancy. The new programme includes a fully-integrated degree testing both academic learning and on-the-job practical training, and has been co-created by leading tech employers and top universities.

New industry-designed short courses to enhance digital skills across the workforce will be launched to provide intensive training, with content that keeps pace with employers’ immediate needs and changing technologies, and will be delivered flexibly to suit learners’ needs. The new industry-accredited standard will give small businesses up and down the country the confidence to know that they can hire digital professionals with the skills they need.

Speaking at the launch of the Tech Partnership at IBM, Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said:

‘These new digital qualifications are the latest example of government working in partnership with academia and industry to ensure that education and training routes are providing the skills which employers need now and in the future.’ – Digital Economy Minister  Ed Vaizey, Speaking at the launch of the Tech Partnership at IBM

A number of employers involved in the Tech Partnership, a group of firms working together to create the skills and jobs the digital industry needs, have already committed to offering Degree Apprenticeships. These include Accenture, BT, Capgemini, CGI, Ford, Fujitsu, GlaxoSmithKline, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Hewlett Packard, IBM, John Lewis, Lloyds Banking Group, Network Rail and Tata Consulting Services.

Universities including Aston, Exeter, Greenwich, Loughborough, Manchester Metropolitan, University College London, University of the West of England and Winchester will be supporting the courses and are working with employers to offer these degrees.

Richard Pettinger, Director, BSc/MSci Information Management for Business at University College London said:

‘We are delighted to be collaborating with employers and the government to create the new Degree Apprenticeships in technology solutions to help increase the flow of skills into the tech industry. These Degree Apprenticeship courses will open a new route for young people to build a career in technology with the support of government funding.’

Ed Vaizey will announce the new Degree Apprenticeships and short industry-designed courses to an audience of digital business leaders at the Tech Partnership launch event at IBM this evening (26 November 2014).

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