Manchester Met is something of a trailblazer when it comes to apprenticeships.
Having launched the UK’s first Degree Apprentices last year – which saw 60 participants starting on the Digital and Technology Solutions programme in October – the scheme is now expanding with two new pathways available from September 2016: Cyber Security and Data Analytics, along with Business Technology and Software Engineering options.
The first wave of apprenticeships involved 11 companies, including Barclays, AstraZeneca, Lloyds, and Thales UK, as well as regional SMEs such as MC2, Reality Mine and Shaping Cloud.
Integrating work-based training with academic learning, the Digital and Technology Solutions apprenticeship is designed to nurture the kind of IT skills that employers require.
Commenting on the programme, Claire Findlay at Barclays said: “Our apprentices love being on the degree course at MMU. They are really excelling, it’s stretching and challenging them and they are really motivated to do well.”
Amy Hawkyard, an apprentice at AstraZeneca, said: “I really want to prove to my company they they are doing the right thing in investing in me.”
With MMU set to expand the programme from next September, the Business School is hosting an open evening in June for potential apprentices.
“We try to operate open evenings a bit like a careers fair,” explains the School’s John Williams. “Employers bring a stand and take the opportunity to talk directly with the attendees. We also have presentations to give an overview of what the apprenticeship involves.”
Backed by a government initiative that is committed to funding two-thirds of student tuition fees, the Degree Apprenticeship entails a full-time job, which incorporates time and support to study towards an honours-level BSc degree.
As well as the already established Digital and Technology Solutions programme, June’s open evening will include information on a new Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.