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31 Mar 2015

Loughborough University to link up with businesses as part of new Government apprenticeship scheme

Loughborough University is inviting employers of any size to help nurture future talent by investing in the Government’s new Degree Apprenticeship scheme. 

The Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship, offered by the University, is a qualification launched by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills through the Tech Partnershipan expanding network of employers dedicated to creating the skills needed to grow the digital economy. 

On Wednesday 22 April, from 10.30am to 2pm, the University will hold an Employer Information Event which will introduce the Degree Apprenticeship and provide essential details on what employers need to know. The free event will be held in the University’s Haslegrave Building, Room N112. Lunch will be provided. 

The Degree Apprenticeship consists of a 2:1 ratio of IT and business skills. Graduates will gain a wealth of new knowledge, along with the ability to: 

  • Analyse a business problem
  • Identify the IT requirements to design and build the solution
  • Use technology to develop and implement the solution
  • Evaluate its success upon completion. 

The scheme is designed to allow young people to complete a full honours degree alongside their employment while paying no tuition fees, and earning a wage throughout. The Government meets two thirds of the tuition fees, and the employer pays the remaining £9,000 over four years, plus the apprentice salary. The apprentice will spend 80 per cent of their time at the company, and will study at the University on day release. 

Professor Morag Bell, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Teaching) at Loughborough University, said: “Becoming one of our employer partners is a positive move which can benefit both the employer and prospective apprentices. The University will deliver the best combination of vocational training and a full honours degree, which not only equips companies with high calibre applicants, but also offers excellent career prospects for the apprentices themselves. 

“The aim is to help shape the careers of the leaders of tomorrow, by equipping apprentices with degree level knowledge and on-the-job practical training which employers need both now and in the future.” 

For a full event programme and to register in advance, click here. 

If you are unable to attend, but would like to discuss the Degree Apprenticeship opportunity, email kt@lboro.ac.uk.

Notes for editors

Article reference number: PR 15/43

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University in London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

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