14 new degree apprenticeships in Nursing, Policing, Healthcare, Education and Construction are being developed in West Yorkshire, thanks to government funding announced today (3 October 2017).
Led by Leeds Trinity University, a consortium of 11 higher education providers and 20 business and public sector partners in the region, have been granted £298,800 through HEFCE’s competitive Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund II.
The funding will be used to develop new degree apprenticeships, encourage social mobility and provide opportunities for marginalised groups to access higher education in the region.
With support from employers, the following professions will be developed as degree apprenticeships, with an expected start date of September 2018:
- Registered Nurses
- Police Constables
- Social Workers
- Occupational Therapists
- Health Care Service Practitioners
- Building Services Engineering Site Managers
- Building Services Designer Engineers
- Construction Site Managers
- Construction Design Managers
- Civil Engineers
Degree apprenticeships bring together higher education study with paid work, so degree apprentices – who can be any age over 16 years – spend part of their time in study and part with their employer (usually one day per week and four days per week respectively).
Helen Sykes, Manager of Go Higher West Yorkshire, said:
“The successful bid to this fund represents another significant achievement for Go Higher West Yorkshire, demonstrating the strength of our partnership and the commitment of our partners to working together.”
With low participation in higher education in the region – as low as 22% in some parts – the project in West Yorkshire will be led by Leeds Trinity University and delivered by the Go Higher West Yorkshire (GHWY) partnership.
Professor Ray Lloyd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said:
“Degree apprenticeships offer a viable ‘other’ route not only into higher education, but into professions which require higher-level skills and attributes. The funding we’ve received today will create new opportunities for individuals across West Yorkshire, including those under-represented in higher education. It will link people with jobs, enhance employability prospects, provide an alternative progression route, encourage social mobility, and create a more diverse talent pool in West Yorkshire.
“With our excellent track record for employability, student satisfaction and teaching quality, I am delighted that Leeds Trinity University has been able to lead on this successful bid, and look forward to developing the new degree apprenticeships for the region.”
Leeds Trinity University was recently named the top university in Yorkshire for employability (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016), student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2017) and teaching quality (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018).
Working closely with employers through the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the project will also provide support for work-based delivery models. It will give employers in the region access to new talent through more and better apprenticeship provision, and encourage progression opportunities for existing staff members.
Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the LEP, said:
“I am delighted to see so many of our partners across the region working together to develop alternative routes into higher qualifications, particularly in our key sectors of digital, construction and health & care.
“Connecting businesses with education to strengthen our higher, advanced and degree apprenticeship provision is at the heart of our Employment and Skills Plan for the City Region. By increasing the proportion of our working age population with higher level qualifications we can ensure that people have access to fulfilling and economically viable careers that support the needs of City Region businesses.
“The training provision funded through HEFCE’s Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund II, delivered by our world-class universities and training providers, including Leeds Trinity, will help to build the high skilled workforce that we need to unlock the untapped potential of the North, for both regional and national benefit.”
The project, entitled ‘Driving Social Mobility through Degree Apprenticeships in West Yorkshire’, is part of a total of £4.8million being awarded by HEFCE to universities and colleges across England today. It is delivered by the Go Higher West Yorkshire partnership. Find out more about the partnership at: www.gohigherwestyorks.ac.uk.
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