These include both commercial and public sector employers, looking for apprenticeships in health, construction and business.
The first higher apprenticeships have been developed at the University’s School of Health Sciences. More than 70 apprentices are currently studying for their Foundation Degree as part of the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship, and a new cohort of Nursing Associate apprentices will be joining in March 2018.
Furthermore, the University will be launching its first Degree Apprenticeship in Healthcare Science in September 2018, and is developing Degree Apprenticeships in occupational therapy, podiatry, and a masters-level apprenticeship in advanced clinical practice, all planned to launch later in the year.
Other areas in which the University is developing degree apprenticeships include teaching, construction and senior leadership, with a range of masters-level provision for professionals.
The construction industry has been calling for Degree Apprenticeships to be developed in a range of areas to meet the growing skills gaps facing the sector. In response, the university has an Honours Degree ready to offer as part of the Degree Apprenticeship in Construction Site Management as soon as the associated National Apprenticeship Standard is approved, which is anticipated later in 2018. A Masters level apprenticeship in Chartered Town Planning is also in development.