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Degree apprenticeships given extension after success

Published: Tuesday, 22 March 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Accenture’s partnership with the University of Sunderland was so successful after the first year that it is being extended.

The university’s partnership with the leading global professional services company allows Accenture employees to study whilst also working full-time.

Introduction of the higher degree apprenticeship programme started last year in order to try and bridge the regional high-tech skills gap.

The University of Sunderland is one of a select group of UK higher-level teaching institutions to be working alongside firms on such a programme.

There are 15 students at the moment, who are all employed by Accenture, finishing their first year studying. Talks have already taken place with other regional businesses to grow the levels of participation in the programme.

The university’s plan

The relationship between the business and university is a long standing one, and is supported by the government’s Skills Funding Agency to make sure that the sector is gaining graduates with the core skills, technical knowledge and behaviours it needs to succeed.

Development of the programme came about because of the university’s work with firms - as well as to support skills growth - courses are flexible allowing them to align with the current and future needs of potential employers.

Students on the course are taught the basic principles and applications that are needed within digital and technology solutions and are granted the opportunity to specialise in software engineering.

Accenture's aim

Accenture, who develop and implement technology solutions to improve client’s productivity and efficiency, is aiming to ensure talent continues to pass through the pipeline to ensure sufficient growth.

The Government expects more businesses to follow Accenture and collaborate with universities after announcing more than 30,000 new apprentice jobs, a 7,000 hike from 2015.

The tech giants are also sponsors for Northern Futures UTC (University Tech College) alongside the University of Sunderland, which is set to open in 2017 and educate 600 students a year.

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